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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How To Disconnect From Work While On Vacation

How To Disconnect From Work While On Vacation

The holidays are right around the corner, and you're looking forward to putting up your out-of-office email. But sometimes it can be hard to truly disconnect from work, especially when you're still trying to prove yourself as young talent, or you're hustling to get your portfolio together as a student. Here are some tips to help you set boundaries and step away from work, so you're able to reset and recharge during your time off. 

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Negotiating Your Salary As Junior Talent

Negotiating Your Salary As Junior Talent

You've heard that you should always negotiate before accepting a job offer, but asking for more can be tricky for young talent. While you want to be paid what you're worth, you also don't want to come off as ungrateful or in it for the wrong reason. Here's a quick how-to on pushing for what you want, while still remaining realistic.

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Writing A Strong "About Me" Section

Writing A Strong "About Me" Section

Ashley Sommardahl, Director of Student Affairs & Industry Outreach at VCU Brandcenter, works closely with students and alums to help them land internships and jobs in the industry. She worked at The Martin Agency in Account Management on clients like UPS, Vanilla Coke, and Olympus cameras, before returning to the Brandcenter (she's an alumna herself!), where she's been for 14 years. Today, she shares advice on one of the trickiest sections of your portfolio—the "About Me" section—with the help of some Brandcenter alumni.

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Building The Career Of Your Dreams

Building The Career Of Your Dreams

Tiona Langley is a freelance producer (previously, she was a producer at Google Creative Lab in NYC) and a 2018 ADCOLOR FUTURE. While navigating the beginning of your career can be stressful, Tiona loves the process of building the career of her dreams, and has some tips to share to help you build yours.

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5 Takeaways You Can Use From The 3% Conference

5 Takeaways You Can Use From The 3% Conference

Last week's 3% Conference brought together incredibly inspiring speakers and rooms full of attendees hungry for positive change in the industry. To make sure that you can apply some of the larger takeaways to your own career, we gathered five of our favorite things we heard and matched them with relevant We Are Next content. This way, you too can help increase the number of women, people of color, and other marginalized communities in positions of creative leadership, while also advancing your own career.

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3 Tips For Networking At Happy Hours

3 Tips For Networking At Happy Hours

Jordan Warren is a Marketing Copywriter at DEG Digital, and served as the 2017-2018 Ad 2 Kansas City president. She started as an unpaid intern, and has mastered the art of leveraging her connections to move up in her career. Now, she makes an effort to help others get connected to the right people, especially in Kansas City. This week, she shares 3 tips for networking at happy hours, which can be an unexpectedly fruitful place to find your next opportunity.

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3 Tips For Staying Sane On The Job Hunt

3 Tips For Staying Sane On The Job Hunt

KP Thomas is a recent graduate of the VCU Brandcenter where she studied Creative Brand Management/ Brand Strategy. Two months ago she took a leap of faith and moved to New York City with no job secured, but full of ambition. After months of navigating a job hunt that's been filled with ups and downs, she's managed to figure out a few things to keep from going crazy.

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5 Advertising Scholarships To Apply For This Year

5 Advertising Scholarships To Apply For This Year

Student debt is no joke, and our finances can have a huge influence on where and how we begin our careers (ex. needing a job that pays the bills vs. having some room to explore your options). To support your bank account while you're working toward the start of your career, here are five advertising scholarships you can apply for before the end of the year.

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