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My current employer would likely give bad references if I left —HELP!

Hi Jancy,
I’ve been doing in house creative work for the same company for three years, with two years of marketing creative work before that. I am now looking to get hired at an agency. During my three years with the most current company, I saw several occasions where they torpedoed a previous employees chances of getting a new job by …

What should be in my book and resume in order to land an internship?

What should I include in my resume/portfolio  when I’m applying for internship? What will make them feel that I am worthy of their time and effort. Thanks and I am such a huge fan
The first thing that will set you apart is, not surprisingly, great work. Some CD’s put a higher premium on level of finish than we …

The junior I hired might be being primed to replace me — HELP!

Hi Jancy, I am an intermediate/senior level creative working in a small agency. I had previously hired a jr. on to help out with some tasks. Over the past year that this jr. has been at the agency, he/she has completely changed roles, taking on the same title as I and I am no longer in charge of his/her role …

Do agencies drug-test before hiring? If that’s the case, well, uh…

Hi Jancy,
I had a question as whether ad agencies drug test. I really don’t mean to sound like a weirdo but I consider myself an open-minded person and assumed it was accepted in the industry. I just got a job offer on the account side with DDB (an Omnicom company) and I’m a little worried because I read somewhere on …

Will not finishing ad school hurt my chances to work in the US?

Hey Jancy,
I’m currently interning in Canada as an art director. I have 1 more year of school, but am hearing mixed advice. Some are telling me to go back to school, especially if I one day want to work in the US. They say degrees make it easier to get a VISA and Degrees are much more important in the …

I’m not getting the mentorship I need nor the money I deserve — HELP!

Dear Jancy,
I am a planner at a digital shop and have been at the agency for a little over two years. My role was very small when I started, with no mentorship or guidance. I wasn’t happy and changed things by taking initiative, talked to account/creative folks and immersed myself fully in projects. Some of the work I was part …

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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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