Getting a Job in an Ad Agency
Getting a job in an ad agency requires a different
process than your typical job would require. It is
important that you understand how you are going to get
a job in an ad agency when you are interested in going
into advertising for your career.
Building Your Portfolio
First, you should be sure that you have a portfolio that
you are prepared to share. To develop a portfolio you
are going to want to work closely with your professors so you can understand what assignments
should be included in your portfolio so you are displaying your skills properly.
While you are developing your skills in school, you should hone in on skills that you believe will
be most valuable in the ad agency you are interested in. Getting a job in an ad agency will
require you to set yourself apart from the other applicants.
If you can intern with the ad agency that you are interested in working for, you should be sure
that you take the intern position. Getting to know the people within the ad agency and setting
yourself apart as a hard worker can give you an advantage when you are applying.
As you are looking for internships, you should try to intern at ad agencies that you would want to
work with. There are some ad students that decide that they would rather take any internship
than work hard to get into a prestigious internship program.
Find the Job
Second, after you graduate with your advertising degree you should be realistic about the type of
job you are going to get. Many people
struggle understanding that after they
get their degree they are not going to be
set up in the corner office of the ad
Rather, you are going to be working an
entry level position and you will
continue to move up. You should work
your way up creatively and try to work
outside of your job description when
you have the time or when you have a
Give Freelance a Try
Third, if you are trying to boost your portfolio try to freelance on your own time. As you are
working freelance jobs, you can ensure that you are going to be able to bolster your portfolio and
also network with people in a wide variety of fields.
Networking can help you get a job. Take time to get to know as many people as you can in the
Taking time to hone in your skills and let yourself work hard will ensure that you can be
successful as you are working. Do what you can throughout the time that you are looking for a
job to make yourself stand out.
Getting a job in an ad agency can be difficult, but you want to make sure that you are willing to
work hard and work your way up to the job that you want. This way, you can be sure that you
are in a position that you love and that you are able to work for many years to come.
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