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Getting the brush-off

So I’m looking for my first job in Advertising and I keep getting the same reply, “…like you, love your book, it’s the best junior book I’ve seen in the last year but right now we’re not looking for anybody, but please keep in touch and don’t take a job anywhere else before you call us first.” Am I getting brushed off or is it a sign of the times and there are no jobs out there. It’s really bad feeling to be recognized for having a great book and yet it seems like it’s still not enough. How do I land my first job. Please Help! Signed, The Guy who should have tossed his book in Paul Lavoie ‘s Convertible.

intro Getting the brush offWe saw your book so I know it’s good. (Yes, we actually remember). CD’s don’t need to say ‘keep me posted’ if they don’t mean it. They wouldn’t want continuing phone calls, e-mails, etc, from someone they aren’t genuinely interested in. So the good news is, a lot of people think you’re talented and wish they could hire you. You’re way ahead of the pack. Now it’s a matter of perseverence and luck: being in the right place at the right time. If you can do it, we recommend you offer to do a limited time free internship at one of these places that think you’re terrific. Some CD’s think of that as taking advantage of a kid. We think there’s much to be learned from an internship and if you’re not working anyway, why not. Everybody wins. At our shop we have a paid summer internship (we’re considering starting a year-round program), and you should contact Marc Stoiber at Grey in Toronto: they do have a year-round program now (unpaid, 6 weeks). But again, even places that haven’t formalized such a program may be open to your pitch to get some great free thinking for a few weeks. Also looks good on the resume. Hang in there.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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