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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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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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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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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