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Are agency recruiters simply stringing us along?

Dear Jancy,
My partner and I are a Sr. Level creative team. We put together a killer site and started hitting headhunters (unproductive for the most part) and emailing recruiters and CDs. Out of that group, we’ve gotten interest from some of the hot shops’ recruiters. They show very encouraging interest, say they’re gonna fly us immediately in for interviews, or …

Should weed work be put in my portfolio?

I’m a student. I just got an assignment designing a centerfold to a magazine that is distributed in over five cities in the country. But it’s a magazine for marijuana health. I don’t smoke, but of course I took the assignment. It’s a great, creative, tie-dye opportunity. But even though the magazine is so BIG, is it tacky to put …

Creative Circus vs, Portfolio Center?

Dear Jancy: what are your thoughts about the Creative Circus and Portfolio Center for a prospective student in graphic design..I’ve visited both schools but still not sure where I should go. I liked the whole vibe and energy at CC but I think it might be a little more geared towards advertising. Do you think the design program at CC …

Having trouble getting more out of my internship

Hello Jancy,
I’ve been working really hard towards getting an AD internship in a good agency and was ecstatic to have gotten it.
I’ve been with the agency for over a month and seem to spend more time looking for work than working. It is a busy agency with a lot of creatives working over time and I feel bad working on …

How can I make the most of my job seeking time?

Hello Jancy,
I’ve recently completed a freelance placement, have refined my portfolio and sent them out to agencies again. Besides working on my book, how can I make the most of my time while looking for my first full-time advertising job? Would like some advice!
Go for face time with senior creative people at any shop that’s of interest. Offer to buy …

Making the switch from accounts to copywriting

I want to switch directions in my career. I graduated from university a couple of years ago with a bachelor’s in Marketing and Communications. I have about a year and a half of agency experience – part of that was as an admin assistant, and the other part is as an account exec. I thought that account management was what …


About Jancy

'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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