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How can a junior job hunt in another city?

What is the best way to go about looking for junior level copywriting jobs in Toronto when I live in Vancouver?
I have considered visiting Toronto for a week or so to show my book around to ad agencies. But nobody seems to be hiring now. And the travel and lodging expenses are …

What opportunities are there after graduation?

I am a student that is currently attending Fanshawe College in London taking Graphic Design. I am in my last four months of school and will be graduating at the end of August of this year. I will be hopefully looking for a job in advertising and I am wondering where would …

UK junior creative wants to give Canada a try

Would you think a frustrated, talented junior creative from London wanting to gain some experience in Canada was crazy?
Why would that be any crazier than a frustrated, talented junior team from Canada wanting to gain some experience in London? Come on over. It’s a very interesting market (Toronto being the hub—most of the …

I have a new ad medium idea…

I have nothing to do with the advertising business professionally, but I have an idea for a new place to advertise. I think it would go over well and could be quite profitable. As far as I know no one uses it yet. What would be my next step? Would an ad agency be …

How do you avoid hiring assholes?

I’ve heard that you have a policy not to hire assholes. So, do you have some sort of asshole test when you hire? How do you know they are not acting in the interview?
Boy, the day they invent the asshole meter, sign us up. Unfortunately we only have gut instinct to go on. And …

Low res imagery in a junior AD’s book?

I’m currently working on my portfolio to submit to agencies for a AD position. I’m concerned about the quallity of my pieces. I use low res images downloaded from stock photograpy sites since I don’t have the capital to pay for them. When looking at a portfolio, is the …

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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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