They say misery loves company. Join us as we share our horrible experiences trying to land a gig in advertising. Feel free to add horror stories of your own. Completely anonymous, of course.

f**k my book

REMINDER: Send all your cover letters and resumes to recruiters by tomorrow before they go to SxSW and give even less of a shit about you.

Fuck my book, but fuck LinkedIn so much more.

Fuck my book, but fuck LinkedIn so much more.

Misery loves company

Share your #FMyBook moments here:  
(completely anonymous, of course)

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through."

- Ira Glass


After someone dies you MAY be hired

I was told by a creative recruiter it would be nearly impossible for me to land a job at an agency and by another that someone would have to die (in an agency) before I got hired.

Really motivating stuff. :-) 

The Post-College Flowchart of Misery and Pain

The Post-College Flowchart of Misery and Pain

(Source: superpunch2)

"Always proofread your cover letter and résumé," they say.
Well, they should always proofread their online job applications.

"Always proofread your cover letter and résumé," they say.

Well, they should always proofread their online job applications.

How About Next………..

A while back I received the best email ever. A creative recruiter from one of my favorite agencies reached out and invited me to come in and share my work. Words can’t describe how excited I was. As soon as we set up a time and date to meet I worked feverishly to make sure my book was perfect to show. The morning of our meeting I get an email from the recruiter asking if we could reschedule. I understand that things happen so I emailed back and suggested a few other dates to meet.

I never heard back from her again.

Good lunch to you

I got the best rejection email ever. It was like most responses (at first):

Thank you for your interest. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH. We don’t have a right fit for you at the time. BLAH BLAHBLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. We’ll keep you in mind is something comes up. BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.

(Here’s where it got awesome)

Good lunch.

He ended by wishing me a good lunch. You know what? F my job search, but I think I will go have a good lunch.

Thank you for that.

F My Book? F YOUR Book!

A few years ago I was looking for a junior gig at agencies in my home town. I’ll make this short and tell you all that it did not go well. I remember one ACD telling me to go home and start my book all over. Six months go by and someone finally sees potential in my book. I get an interview and subsequently get the job. Two years went by and they could not have gone any better. I started working on agency scraps and worked my way up to being part of the lead creative team on many of the agency’s accounts. I decided it was time to move on. A few weeks after leaving the agency I found out that the ACD that I mentioned earlier came in and interviewed for my position. He didn’t get the job. 

Wise words from ad man Chuck Carlberg

1) Your greatest strength can also be your greatest curse. Be careful. 

2) Don’t be cocky. You’re replaceable.

3) Go to New York. Simple as that. Work in New York City for a few years and you will be set. Even if you hate the city, you will understand advertising in a whole new way. You can always come back, but go to New York. 

4) Move to New York. It’s almost impossible to get a job in New York unless you have a NYC address.

5) No matter how creative or original your ideas are, the bottom line is sales. The first thing you should be talking about with your client is sales. This goes for every interaction. If sales aren’t up, you aren’t succeeding.

6) Start your own agency before you’re too old. Take a risk if you need to, but do it.