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Switching shops for more opportunities and money


I have four years of experience as a copywriter. I’ve been at the same agency for two years, I’m making $50,000. I live in Miami, FL.
So here’s my question, once I get my green card, do I look for another job for more money? I’m doing well where I am right now, I get to work on many different accounts, they treat me well and they tolerate one weakness of mine, my spelling mistakes. I identify with Lois Lane from Superman, she also made spelling mistakes but was a great reporter. Honestly, I could never make a living as a proofreader, and some jobs only seem to want copywriters who are also great proofers. I do write great radio, good headlines for print, web, OOH, DM, and sometimes TV although everyone wants to do TV so it’s hard for my TV ideas to break through. So my question is, do I stay or do I go?
I don’t know if it’s relevant, but I work in hispanic advertising.

intro Switching shops for more opportunities and moneyIt sounds like the two reasons you’d want to leave—lack of TV and hope of more money are OK reasons to check out your options. But here’s a simple way to know if other offers are the right ones. If that agency has a better portfolio, and/or a better partner for you to work with and opportunities as good or better, go for it. But don’t ever make a move for better money at a lesser agency. It’s the kiss of death. A real career derailer for many. The money will come in time at a good shop. You should be straightforward with your CD about your desire for a pay increase, and be ready to make a case for why you deserve it. And tell him/her you really need a shot at tv to grow. But if either of these is not forthcoming, you should hang in there for the right opportunity before jumping ship. On the spelling mistake front, it’s just so easy to double check you should truly make the effort to deliver more professional work. Frankly lots of writers are terrible spellers. It won’t get you fired. That’s no reason to leave it at that. Now go sit in the corner.

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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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