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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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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Moving To A New City Without A Job

Moving To A New City Without A Job

I get a lot of questions about how to make the move to a new city—especially when companies can be less responsive to remote applicants. Luckily, Kris Solberg, Digital Strategist at the American Animal Hospital Association and Vice Chair of Ad 2 National, is here to share his advice on moving to a new city without a job, based on his own experience. Here's Kris—

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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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4 Sites To Build Your Online Portfolio

4 Sites To Build Your Online Portfolio

An online portfolio lets potential employers dig into the work you've done, but also gives them a sense of you as a person. Given that, what it looks like and how people navigate through it can be just as important as the content you include. Building your portfolio can be overwhelming, so here are 4 sites you can use to build your portfolio to help you get started.

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Breaking Into The Industry Through MAIP

Breaking Into The Industry Through MAIP

If you listen to the podcast, you know I've had several guests mention the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program, better known as the 4A's MAIP. The industry's largest and longest running program of its kind, the 4A's MAIP hooks multicultural students up with summer internships at agencies all over the country.

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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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You Got The Internship. Now Get Hired.

You Got The Internship. Now Get Hired.

When Robbie Izar and I first connected through MAIP, it was clear that helping young creatives come up is a passion of his. Whether as part of his job as Associate Creative Director/Copywriter at Havas NY, or the 7 years he's been a MAIP Coach, Robbie has been there for those just starting out. This week, he serves up a dose of tough love on how to turn your summer internship into a full-time job.

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How To Handle Networking Events

How To Handle Networking Events

We all know that networking events are important, especially when studies show that a huge percentage of people are hired through referrals and network connections. But that doesn’t stop them from feeling awkward, intimidating, and tricky to navigate. To help make the most of your next networking opportunity, here are a few things you can do before, during, and after the event.

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Good Habits That Get Interns Hired

Good Habits That Get Interns Hired

Whether you've secured an internship for the summer or are in the midst of your search, it's smart to start thinking about how to get the most out of your time as an intern. To help you slide into a full-time position, or squeeze the most value from your three month stint, here are five good habits of high performing interns.

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The Cover Letter is Dead—Meet the Intro Email

The Cover Letter is Dead—Meet the Intro Email

This week we're talking cover letters to strengthen your first impression and help line something up for the summer, whether it's your first/next job or an internship. I reached out to a half dozen hiring managers and recruiters from the industry to get their opinion on what makes a strong cover letter.

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Requesting an Informational Interview

Requesting an Informational Interview

After shortlisting the right agencies and priming your resume, the informational interview is one of your most underrated tools. By informational interview, I mean reaching out to someone at an agency you're interested in—whether it's your first one or your next step—to ask for a conversation (via email, phone or in-person) that helps you learn more.

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How to Sell Yourself in Your Resume

How to Sell Yourself in Your Resume

You’ve signed up for your job alerts, networked the shit out of LinkedIn, and are now ready to buckle down and write your resume. Take a deep breath and channel your inner proud grandmother, because it’s time to get your brag on. Even if you have a killer portfolio, our industry can be extremely competitive, so here are some easy tips for polishing your resume and snagging the job you want. 

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Landing & Transitioning: Advice from Fresh Faces

Landing & Transitioning: Advice from Fresh Faces

I'm a firm believer that some of the best advice comes from those in the first five years of their career. Equally inspiring as an agency vet with 20 years experience is someone who's recently made the transition from student, to intern, to full-time employee—someone in the thick of it who sees firsthand the reality of this ever-evolving industry as it is today.

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