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How to get a job in advertising: Part 4

June 3, 2010 by Ian Mackenzie

Illustration by Colin Craig

A job in advertising. For people trying to land their first (or second), getting there can be much less than half the fun. Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been asking ad folks who hire their thoughts on getting in.

Today, Grip Partner, Creative Dave Hamilton weighs in.

1) How can one person rise to the top in sea of similarly qualified applicants?
Good looks.

2) What’s the biggest mistake you’ve seen a person make while trying to get a job in advertising?
Fist fighting.

3) What do you look for in a resume?
Generous margins.

4) What do you look for in a student writer’s portfolio?

5) Once you have a job, what’s the best way to make sure you keep moving forward in your career?
Laugh at the old guy’s jokes.

6) Any other thoughts on getting a job in advertising?
Careful what you wish for.

For more thoughts on how to get a job in advertising, check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of this series.

7 Comments on "How to get a job in advertising: Part 4"

  • dave benton
    June 3, 2010 @ 12:00 pm


  • Jim Borwick
    June 4, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Ha, ha, ha. That’s a good one Mr. Hamilton.
    Can I pick up your dry cleaning for you?

  • Umar Ghumman
    June 7, 2010 @ 1:32 pm

    Great advice for creatives and/or copywriters but what about account people or planning folks? I have hardly come across a post or even a book that talks about these unsung heroes.

    Nancy and Janet at Ogilvy have a good book on this subject as well – Pick ME: Getting a job in advertising and staying there.

    Since we are on the subject, is it possible for me to come in and meet with someone on the account side at GRIP? Would really appreciate it.


  • Ian Mackenzie
    June 7, 2010 @ 2:56 pm

    Hi Umar,

    Thanks for the comment. It’s true. This series has had a bias toward getting a job on the Creative side of the business. Stay tuned, though. We’re working on some stuff that will look into the Account side perspective.

    As for your other question, I’ve just sent you and email. Thanks.

  • Stuart Thursby
    June 8, 2010 @ 10:45 pm

    Pick Me is a great book. Also highly recommend Hey Whipple Squeeze This by Luke Sullivan and Pete Barry’s Advertising Concept Book as a few other high-quality sources of inspiration, insight and knowledge for aspiring creatives.

  • Mary Sohn
    November 3, 2011 @ 5:07 pm


  • Jessica Kohl
    August 17, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    Guess I should leave the gloves at home for my interviews. Always thought that was a winning tactic!

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