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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?
Hope.

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.

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