Resources To Help You Write Better Emails

Resources To Help You Write Better Emails

Sure, you've written a lot of emails in the past, but when you start working in the industry, emails become a key form of daily communication that keep things running smoothly (alongside other tools like Slack, Voxer, and good ol' face-to-face meetings). Here are a few resources to help you become a better communicator via email and instantly be better at your job, no matter your role.

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Letting Go Of Your Limiting Thoughts

Letting Go Of Your Limiting Thoughts

Benita Conde worked in the advertising industry for close to 20 years, holding leadership roles in resource management, project management, recruiting and talent development at agencies such as Fallon NY, BBH NY and Anomaly NY. Now she is the founder of Create Radical Love, a life coaching and consulting approach for people who want to radically love their whole life experience, not just compartmentalized parts of it. This week, she brings us advice on how to let go of the fear-based and limiting thoughts we all have about ourselves, and move through the job hunting process more mindfully.

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4 Tips For Negotiating For Mo' Money, Mo' Vacation Or Mo' Perks

4 Tips For Negotiating For Mo' Money, Mo' Vacation Or Mo' Perks

Jen Nash has been in business for over two decades as a Creative Director and senior strategist for Fortune 100 companies, and has additionally built a multi-million-dollar real estate company for herself. As Chief Money Instigator, Jen's philanthropic initiative is focused on inspiring grads to negotiate better starting salaries at their next job. This week, she brings us four concrete tips to help you negotiate what your worth, even early in your career.

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3 Ways To Improve Your LinkedIn Outreach

3 Ways To Improve Your LinkedIn Outreach

LinkedIn is the largest professional social network, and often our go-to place to reach out to people we want to connect with in the industry. But reaching out isn't easy—people get a lot of messages, you're limited in characters when you invite then to connect...which they have to agree to do before you can even send a longer message (unless, of course, you have a Premium account, but very few students and young talent do). Here are three ways to improve your LinkedIn outreach to increase your chances of getting a response.

Soham gives us a look back at the early days of his career and how he stays motivated, and shares his thoughts on entering the Burger King’s Fools' Challenge

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Advice From The Most Awarded Advertising Student In The World

Advice From The Most Awarded Advertising Student In The World

Soham Chatterjee is a Senior Creative at Leo Burnett Chicago. While at Miami Ad School, he was declared as the most awarded advertising student in the world with over 120 national and international awards. He has also been named as one of the 30 under 30 most creative people in advertising by Business Insider. Twice!

Soham gives us a look back at the early days of his career and how he stays motivated, and shares his thoughts on entering the Burger King’s Fools' Challenge

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3 Free Stock Photography Sites That Embrace Representation

3 Free Stock Photography Sites That Embrace Representation

As someone who works (or will work) in advertising and marketing, you play an important role in increasing the visibility of underrepresented people in media and culture. Whether you're creating a mock-up, looking for images for a deck, or creating content for a brand, here are three free stock photography sites (and one not free bonus) that are breaking stereotypes and making images more inclusive.

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5 Free Event Series For Creative & Career Inspiration

5 Free Event Series For Creative & Career Inspiration

Local events are a great way to be inspired, expand your knowledge of a certain topic, and meet others in the industry in your area. These learning and networking opportunities are priceless, especially if you've just relocated to a new city. This week, we've gathered up five of our favorite event series, focusing on ones that are global/nationwide(ish) and won't cost you anything.

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Setting Yourself Up To Ace Your Phone Interview

Setting Yourself Up To Ace Your Phone Interview

As if interviewing in-person isn't stressful enough, we often have to get through an initial phone interview when trying to land a job. Not only do you have to navigate the interviewer's questions, but you have to do so without the non-verbal cues and general vibes you get in-person. To help you get to the next round and land that job, here are some ways to set yourself up for success for your next phone interview.

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4 Tips That Make Cover Letters Easier To Write

4 Tips That Make Cover Letters Easier To Write

This is one of the most common questions I get, especially around this time of year. While some companies have replaced cover letters with the intro email, others still require one as part of your application. There's no perfect formula for a cover letter—if there was, everyone's would look similar and no one would stand out—but here are four tips to help make writing your cover letters a little bit easier.

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Smart Questions To Bring To Your Interview

Smart Questions To Bring To Your Interview

There comes a time in every interview when the interviewer will ask you whether you have any questions for them. The tables have turned, but make no mistake—it's still an opportunity to impress, and the questions you ask say a lot about you as a candidate. A good rule of thumb is to prepare enough questions (keep in mind that some might be answered earlier in the interview) that you don't end the interview early. Here are some things to think about to help you come up with smart questions to bring to your next interview.

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What To Do When Your Boss Leaves

What To Do When Your Boss Leaves

You're a few months into a new job or comfortably settled in after a year, when *explosion sound*—your boss announces that s/he is leaving. It's a jarring experience that can leave you feeling abandoned and panicked. A boss can be a huge reason why you accepted a job, and suddenly the situation is not what you signed up for. But bosses are people too, and having one that leaves before you do is a fairly common scenario. Here are some pointers in case it happens to you. 

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How To Talk About Being Fired Or Laid Off

How To Talk About Being Fired Or Laid Off

Losing your job is a terrible thing to experience, but it happens to more people than you think—we just rarely talk about it, though we should, to normalize it and support one another (IMO). Life goes on, but applying for your next job after losing your job can feel especially daunting. Here are a few tips on how to talk about being fired or laid off in an interview.

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Your Guide to Becoming a Creative

Your Guide to Becoming a Creative

Jade Song is a Junior Art Director at McKinney in NYC (and a We Are Next user!). As a creative, she couldn't afford portfolio school, and had to work hard to learn the industry, and build her portfolio and network. Lucky for you, she decided to pay it forward and has written a guide on how to become a creative in advertising, based on everything she's learned over the past three years. Even if you're not a creative, she's collected a lot of great industry resources in one place.

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How To Prepare For An Interview

How To Prepare For An Interview

For years, Leslie Kay and Hillary Black have been connecting advertising agencies and brands with top talent through their recruitment, staffing and coaching firm, Kay & Black (a Certified Women Owned Business). Their team specializes in recruitment for full-time and freelance talent in all areas of advertising, marketing and design. Kay & Black also provides professional development workshops through their educational division Campus and career coaching services through their one-on-one division perQ. Who better to provide tips on how to prepare for an interview the right way?

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5 Unspoken Rules For Emails

5 Unspoken Rules For Emails

When we start our first internship or job, or start reaching out to people during our job search, it's assumed that we know how to use email. While you've got the basics down, there are several unspoken rules that you might not know about sending professional emails. Instead of learning them the hard way, here are five of them, so you can be an email pro from Day 1. 

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The Benefits Of Participating In Public Service Campaigns

The Benefits Of Participating In Public Service Campaigns

Getting your hands on real work early on goes a long way when starting out in the industry. This week, Caroline McLoughlin and Nick Zanetti of Ad 2 DC share one way to flex your skills on real clients, while meeting other ad professionals in your area and doing some good for your community. It's a win-win-win.

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4 Ways To Handle Imposter Syndrome

4 Ways To Handle Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is defined by Wikipedia as, "a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud." As young talent, you're hit doubly hard—not only do you have limited experience, but you also don't have experience dealing with imposter syndrome. Here are four concrete ways to handle imposter syndrome whenever it strikes.

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Writing Follow-Up Emails For 3 Scenarios

Writing Follow-Up Emails For 3 Scenarios

The follow-up email is one of your most important tools for getting what you want, be it a job, a meeting, or simply making a new connection. It makes sense that the more you ask for something, the more likely you are to get it. But how to follow up can be tricky, a balance between not wanting to be forgotten and not wanting to come off as annoying or overwhelming. Here are some tips for writing and sending follow-up emails in 3 common scenarios.

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Decoding Job Description Jargon

Decoding Job Description Jargon

If you're looking for a job, you've probably noticed that certain phrases come up repeatedly in job descriptions. These qualities sound like good things, but it's often unclear what they actually mean, and how you can show that you are this thing. To start off the new year, we're decoding some job listing jargon, so you can apply knowing exactly what they're looking for.

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