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Job hunting from afar when you can’t be there in person


I’m a copywriter who just finished portfolio school at Creative Circus in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m applying for jobs all over, especially San Fran and NYC. Unfortunately, without a job, I currently cannot afford to move to these very expensive cities. My question is, how can you get a job at an agency if you can’t cold call them in person? Is applying from a distance totally a joke? I know I can still send physical copies of my portfolio and pdfs by email, but will anyone look at them if I can’t follow up in person?

Sincerely,
Looking from Long Distance

intro Job hunting from afar when you cant be there in personIt’s very common for people to seek jobs from a distance. If a CD likes your work, he or she will do what it takes to follow through. Great talent is hard to find; when we spot someone special we do what we can to move them. Email is your friend. Make it easy for the CD to spot you (that subject line is key–most will not be opened. Be creative.) Sending your portfolio is expensive and not practical. Focus on a great presentation online and go ahead and start hunting.

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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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