MINISODE || Inbox Zero - Early Applications, #MeToo Speaker, Grad School, and More

MINISODE || Inbox Zero - Early Applications, #MeToo Speaker, Grad School, and More

In our first Inbox Zero Minisode, Natalie answers questions from We Are Next users, including:

  • Do any agencies release applications for full-time spring roles in the fall?

  • What should I do about a speaker on the wrong side of the #MeToo movement?

  • Is grad school necessary in advertising?

  • I’m stuck moving from marketing to advertising

  • How can I optimize my networking to land a full-time junior role?

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EPISODE #71 || Keith Stoeckeler, VP/Group Director, Digital at MKTG

EPISODE #71 || Keith Stoeckeler, VP/Group Director, Digital at MKTG

Keith Stoeckeler, VP/Group Director, Digital at MKTG, is here to answer all your questions on being a digital strategist. Hear about switching from account management to strategy, the evolution of the role of a digital strategist, what he's learned from working in experiential at MKTG, why self-reflection is crucial to your job search, and how he learned to speak up and navigate meeting culture. 

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BONUS || Jenny Hudak, Talent Director at Anomaly

BONUS || Jenny Hudak, Talent Director at Anomaly

Recorded at our event, The Job Search Struggle is Real: Breaking Into Advertising, we got super specific and tactical with Jenny Hudak, Talent Director at Anomaly. We talked about what to include (and not include) on your resume/portfolio, building industry connections online and in-person at recruiting fairs, the ingredients of a stand-out interview, how to follow up with a recruiter, and more. 

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EPISODE #61 || Nathalie Con, VP, Strategy Director at Giant Spoon

EPISODE #61 || Nathalie Con, VP, Strategy Director at Giant Spoon

Nathalie Con, VP, Strategy Director at Giant Spoon, joins us to talk about owning and branding your weirdness. Hear about the importance of asking why and the kind of work Giant Spoon is known for, being a culture add vs. a culture fit, and translating your non-advertising and non-work related interests and passions into relevant skills on your resume/in an interview (with lots of specific examples!).

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EPISODE #56 || Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications

EPISODE #56 || Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications

Makeda Loney, Junior Copywriter at Burrell Communications, brings her fresh perspective for young talent entering the industry. Hear about her advice for getting started in advertising when you have no prior experience, how her identity as a poet influences her copywriting, her approach to taking care of her mental health, and her perspective on diversity as a young black woman in the industry.

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EPISODE #35 || Meaghan Diamond, VP, Creative Recruiter at MullenLowe LA

EPISODE #35 || Meaghan Diamond, VP, Creative Recruiter at MullenLowe LA

Meaghan gives us a peek behind the recruiting curtain, helping us understand what she actually looks for when searching for high quality talent. Hear her super specific resume and portfolio tips, how to make a good impression during an interview, her mantra of ABR (Always Be Recruiting) and what that means for talent, and why just applying to a job application online usually won't cut it.

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EPISODE #31 || Sharon Panelo & Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy

EPISODE #31 || Sharon Panelo & Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy

Sharon Panelo and Kim Mackenzie, Partners & Principal Strategists at Ripley Strategy, bring their boss selves and years of experience to the podcast. Hear about creating your own opportunities, building good habits to avoid burnout (while still working your ass of as junior talent), new ways of working, and the importance of communities in your career. Bonus: why their agency is named after Ellen Ripley from Alien (how awesome is that??).

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EPISODE #29 || Christof Meyer, Senior Director - Practice Head - Financial & Institutional Innovation at Egg Strategy

EPISODE #29 || Christof Meyer, Senior Director - Practice Head - Financial & Institutional Innovation at Egg Strategy

Christof takes us behind the scenes of innovation strategy as a practice and profession that's closely tied to the work that brands and agencies do. Hear about why the “dull” industries are the ones that need the most help and yield the biggest impact, the best way to sell innovative ideas to clients, and building trust and landing the crazy cool briefs by leaning into the day-to-day serving of your clients—even the sometimes annoying stuff. He provides a ton of actual examples throughout, making this episode a great primer on the assignments and conversations happening within agencies. 

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EPISODE #28 || Julie Matheny, Associate Creative Director at Droga5

EPISODE #28 || Julie Matheny, Associate Creative Director at Droga5

Julie worked with Natalie at the same agency when they were both really junior, and is now an Associate Creative Director at Droga5, pumping out award-winning work with her team (such as the, "Did You Mean...MailChimp?" campaign and the amazing New York Times "He Said, She Said" ad). Hear about adjusting your voice as a copywriter, learning from every agency you work at (even the ones where you have a bad experience), and why you shouldn’t feel pressure when you see where people you graduate with get a job.

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EPISODE #26 || Jocelyn S. Lai, Principal & Founder at jsl talent consulting

EPISODE #26 || Jocelyn S. Lai, Principal & Founder at jsl talent consulting

Jocelyn recruited talent at some of the industry's biggest agencies (like Droga5 and R/GA) before founding her own business, jsl talent consulting. Hear about how she lost everything she worked for at the start of her career, how to build a personal brand, and the biggest mistakes she sees when people apply to jobs. In the thick of internship application season, you don't want to miss this episode!

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EPISODE #25 || Anthony Roberts, Freelance Associate Creative Director and Full-Time Writer

EPISODE #25 || Anthony Roberts, Freelance Associate Creative Director and Full-Time Writer

Anthony drops some of the best advice as only he can—from the perspective of an Associate Creative Director (formerly at R/GA on Nike), journalist (he's written for Esquire and Billboard), and published writer. Hear about getting the most out of your conversations with others, using and reframing the time you're not working full-time (like when you're trying to find a job) to make you more valuable, and building resilience as a creative.

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EPISODE #22 || Docia Nartey-Koram, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at AKQA

EPISODE #22 || Docia Nartey-Koram, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager at AKQA

Docia brings warmth, wit, and tons of actionable advice that will help anyone find their next job. Hear about how to differentiate yourself when you're just starting out, smart questions you should ask a recruiter in your next interview, and why approaching industry people at local events is a half-open door. 

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EPISODE #18 || Brian Hathaway, Director of Business Development at Canvas United

EPISODE #18 || Brian Hathaway, Director of Business Development at Canvas United

Brian gives us a look into the world of new business in an interview recorded during our NYC trip. Hear about his career shift from investment banking, why relationships and timing are everything, and the best pitch techniques he's picked up over the years. You'll find that there are a lot of parallels between winning new business and landing a job!

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EPISODE #15 || Kathryn Kvas (Senior Copywriter at BBDO) & Vignesh Seshadri (Art Director at Droga5), Founders of Young Shits

EPISODE #15 || Kathryn Kvas (Senior Copywriter at BBDO) & Vignesh Seshadri (Art Director at Droga5), Founders of Young Shits

In a special two-person interview, we sat down with Kat and Vig to get to know the creatives behind Young Shits. Hear about how they overcame their introverted natures to land a job at Droga5 through networking, their advice as former international students, and tips on entering student ad competitions.

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EPISODE #7 || Mariam Guessous, Creative Director & Creative Entrepreneur

EPISODE #7 || Mariam Guessous, Creative Director & Creative Entrepreneur

Mariam Guessous is a Creative Director who recently left her agency job to create her own vision and help bring positive change to the industry. She manages to tell it like it is—even sharing the lowest point in her career—while still being full of encouraging, self-affirming advice. Hear why sucking as a junior is okay, how to prevent burnout, and how to know when to leave the agency world.

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EPISODE #6 || Rafi Kugler, Director of Recruiting at barrettSF

EPISODE #6 || Rafi Kugler, Director of Recruiting at barrettSF

Rafi's spent the last eight years recruiting at amazing shops like Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Pereira & O'Dell and now barrettSF. He sat down to drop some inspiring ways to think about your career, as well as super practical advice on applying for a job—all from the perspective of someone who assesses talent every day.

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MINISODE || How to Make Your Past Experience Relevant to What You Want to Do in Advertising

MINISODE || How to Make Your Past Experience Relevant to What You Want to Do in Advertising

Our first Minisode is inspired by conversations with people who discovered advertising later in college, wanted to switch departments, or decided to make a career shift from another industry. Hear how to frame your non-advertising experience as an asset, and not a barrier.

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