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Can I quit a new job for a better one and NOT seem like a jerk?


Dear Jancy: If you just started a job at Agency A, and three weeks later Agency B offers you a better job (more money), with better opportunities (proven track record of award wins and work that’s respected world wide), is it wrong to quit and take Agency B’s offer?
It’s just business, right? Agencies hire people and they get 3 months to fire them with no cause, so is it so wrong if a creative does the same?
Is there a way to do this without looking like a jerk?

intro Can I quit a new job for a better one and NOT seem like a jerk?No, there’s no way to do that without looking like a jerk. It happens, but it is a bridge burning move that will lead to some bad word of mouth. No creative director wants to hire someone who has done that. So we strongly advise that you stay put, honor the contract you’ve signed and the spirit you went into the job with. People chose you out of many, made decisions based around your hire and have faith in you to do a great job. There is an upside to staying you may miss right now—often you have more opportunity to make a difference and grow in an agency that’s not at the top. Put in one year minimum at the new job; if it isn’t working out after that, start looking with a clear conscience.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jaimeschwarz Jaime Schwarz

    It seems like it needs to be said that there’s a difference between leaving early because of a better opportunity and leaving because an agency and you are not a good fit. If you’re not a good fit, and you’ve given it a few months to make sure of it, (like 6 months) I don’t think you’d be seen in a bad light for that. It’s like when you are in a marriage that isn’t working, what’s the point in staying in it any longer?

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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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