It’s a busy day in NYC today, but I’m still going to stop by and share some thoughts with you Juniors.
This is a shout out to those preparing for interviews, about to graduate, looking for internships and working on their books. Here are my top 3 advice for you:
1- Do your RESEARCH. Do you realize how easy it is to “Ninja Research” a hiring manager or a CD or a even a whole company? Instead of stalking you ex boyfriend/girlfriend on Facebook and Twitter, stalk Ad Professionals instead. You’d be amazed on the amount of info they post out there.
2- NETWORK! And I don’t mean collect enough business cards to make a big piece of art out of them… You need to build relationships. Every couple of weeks, call them, email them, ask to have coffee or a drink with them; I said A drink, don’t go get wasted with what could be your next supervisor.
3- GEL INVOLVED. I can tell you right now, if you’re sending resumes and waiting for something to happen, you’ll die waiting. Go to events, join Advertising/Marketing/Design organizations. Be on Twitter everyday and know what’s happening, even if you can’t attend. Read blogs, look at awards books, join conversations and express your point of view. Immerse yourself in the industry.
And finally… Have Fun! This is Advertising, you’re not saving lives.