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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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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How to Manage Up And Build a Relationship With Your Boss

How to Manage Up And Build a Relationship With Your Boss

The relationship you have with your boss/direct manager has a huge influence on your experience at work. Whether your boss is your bff or you're dealing with a difficult one, there are ways to strengthen the relationship so that you're creating a productive work environment where you feel supported. Ideally, your boss will become an ally who will advocate for you for the rest of your career, wherever you go. 

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How To Look For A Job While You Have A Job

How To Look For A Job While You Have A Job

At some point in your career, you'll decide it's time to move on from your current company. Or maybe you accepted a job knowing that you'd keep your eyes out for something else. Whatever the case, you're looking for a job while working full-time. For those who need to keep things quiet, here are a few tips to navigate this tricky situation.

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Why Relevance > Resume

Why Relevance > Resume

Drew Rogers is the Founder and CEO of Relevant Youth, a student-run creative agency at the University of Missouri that empowers college students to start taking ownership of their education. As a creative entrepreneur, his dream is to help mobilize other creative people towards taking ownership of their future. This week, he shares ways to create your own industry relevance within your educational experience—which ultimately, is what will land you that job.

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4 Tips To Make Your Resume Stand Out

4 Tips To Make Your Resume Stand Out

Michael Benjamin has worked at ad agencies, design studios, and on in-house creative teams. He’s currently an adjunct teacher at the University of Colorado and the Creative Director at Anthem Branding in Boulder. This week, he shares four tips to help your resume stand out and get you an interview—just in time to refresh your resume for Fall internship/job season.

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Building Your Resume Through A Non-Advertising Summer Job

Building Your Resume Through A Non-Advertising Summer Job

Not everyone has an internship for the summer—but it's not the end of the world. Whether you didn't land one, need to work a paid job, or had to stay in your hometown where opportunities are sparse, there are ways to build your resume. Here are some skills you can actively focus on while working a non-advertising summer job, so you can make whatever you do this summer relevant to your future career in advertising.

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The Art Of Speed Selling Your Work

The Art Of Speed Selling Your Work

Shaunah Margaret is a lot of awesome things: a Detroit native, MAIP alum, Copywriter at Tribal Worldwide, and co-founder of a bad ass new mentorship program designed for women of color called Women Who Create (applications are open for Summer 2018!). This week, Shaunah shares her best tips for selling your work to someone, whether you're looking for an internship or first job, wanting to impress your new coworkers, or just practicing for the future. Here's Shaunah—

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4 Reasons You Haven't Heard Back—And How To Get A Response

4 Reasons You Haven't Heard Back—And How To Get A Response

You worked hard on a job or internship application and crossed your fingers when you pressed Send. And then nothing. Crickets. There are several reasons why you don't hear back about a job application, and while some things are out of our control, the more you understand why people aren't responding, the better you'll be able to adjust your approach to up your chances of getting a reply

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7 Ways An Admin Role Can Help You Break Into Advertising

7 Ways An Admin Role Can Help You Break Into Advertising

Janine Perry is a Digital Strategic Planner at Edelman who turned an administrative role into her dream job early in her career. While her focus is strategy, her tips on what she learned from her time as an administrative assistant and how she used it to move into what she actually wanted to do, are so smart and applicable to anyone—no matter what role you're trying to land. Here's Janine.

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How To Talk About Your Work In An Interview

How To Talk About Your Work In An Interview

Whether interviewing for an internship or your next job, you'll likely be asked to talk about the work you've done in the past. It's easy enough to go over what's in your portfolio or written in your resume. But assume your interviewer has most likely reviewed what's on paper (that's probably what landed you the interview), and now they're looking for you to add color to it. Here are a few pointers to help you talk about what you've done in the most effective way.

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Apply To Jobs More Successfully With These 5 Tips

Apply To Jobs More Successfully With These 5 Tips

As someone who both reviews job applications (as an Account Lead at Grenadier in Boulder, CO) and helps students prepare theirs (as a teacher of Creative Account Management at the University of Colorado Boulder), Eric Forsyth is the perfect person to turn to for tips on applying for a job. (His 6.5 years at CP+B in Boulder, London and Miami help too!) Let's get into it—here's Eric.

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When Should I Start Looking For An Internship?

When Should I Start Looking For An Internship?

As the semester comes to a close and the new year approaches, it's natural to feel like graduation or whatever's next is right around the corner. As a result, I've been hearing more questions about when to start actively looking for an internship for the summer. While there's no one-size-fits-all answer, here are some tips to help you plan ahead and be in the best position to land an internship. 

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Breaking Into Advertising As An International Student

Breaking Into Advertising As An International Student

I met Cherish Lee, Assistant Media Planner at Wieden + Kennedy, when she was a student at the University of Oregon. She's whipsmart, effortlessly cool, and volunteered to write this Guest Pro email based on her own experience as an international student. While written for those abroad wanting to work in the States, this email's packed with applicable advice for anyone trying to break into the industry.

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Gaining More Control Over Being Hired At The End Of Your Internship

Gaining More Control Over Being Hired At The End Of Your Internship

The worst thing is feeling like you have no control over the situation. And yes, there are things outside of your control, like whether the agency has budget/enough business to bring you on full-time, or whether you're a culture fit. But there are things that can help you take the reins over the situation—or at least make you feel like you're not just waiting around passively for the decision to be made.

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Making Your Non-Advertising Experience Relevant

Making Your Non-Advertising Experience Relevant

When you discover advertising and marketing later in your college career, switch departments, or decide to make a career shift after working in another industry, it can feel like you don't have a lot to bring to the table. Your lack of direct experience makes it intimidating to present yourself as a candidate worthy of being hired—especially with all the people who've been studying and interning from the get go.

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