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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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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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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5 Ways To Use Your Winter Break To Start The Year Strong

5 Ways To Use Your Winter Break To Start The Year Strong

The holidays are here (!), and your #1 focus should be to rest and recharge with loved ones. These couple weeks off are also an awesome time to do things you know you should be doing—if you weren't so damn busy. Whether you have time off from work or school, here are some things you can do (should you need a quick break from the festivities) to start the new year strong, not stressed.

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The Top 5 Student Advertising Contests Out There (Apart From YS Awards)

The Top 5 Student Advertising Contests Out There (Apart From YS Awards)

Kat and Vig (Senior Copywriter at BBDO and Art Director at Droga5, respectively) are the founders of Young Shits. I've been a big fan of the student ad competition since it launched almost three years ago, and made entering competitions more accessible and winning more useful. So I was super excited to have them write a Guest Pro email on their area of expertise. Let's get to it—here's Kat and Vig.

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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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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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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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