Tuesday, August 26, 2008

How to get a job in advertising

A sarcastic and extremely unhelpful guide to getting your first job in the exciting world of big-time advertising. Think you have what it takes? Then read on.

Chapter 1-The Resume

Yes, you need one. The people in charge still expect a one-page summary of your life, filled with typos, exaggerations and outright lies.

Yours obviously (It helps if your last name is the same as the general manager’s)

Account people should put something boring like, “An entry level position in the account services department of a major advertising agency.” Creatives should write something bizarre and pretentious like, “Pilot a spaceship to the outer reaches of the Delta Quadrant.”

If you went to a school that no one has ever heard of, replace it with a more recognizable institution. Moon Park Community College=Harvard Business School

As an entry-level person, you will not have much applicable experience. That’s okay. What you want to avoid are those dreaded employment gaps. No agency wants to hire someone, print up a box of business cards, enter their birthday in the agency database, and then see them quit so that they can backpack through India. So fill in those gaps with impressive sounding experience. If you spent a year smoking pot and watching Friends, say you were doing research for a study on how mass media affects the youth market.

Did your 4th grade teacher ever give you a gold start? Put it in.

As an entry-level person, this will be a large part of your resume. The point is to make you sound like an interesting person. If you are looking for an account position, make it seem like you have been spending your whole life preparing to be in middle-management. List activities like golf, yachting and big-game hunting. If you’re going for a creative position, list a bunch of strange hobbies like bullfighting, midget tossing or cross-dressing. You MUST say that you play guitar!

Do not leave this out. The person who receives your resume may want to come for a visit. You might want to get a dog.

Tomorrow! The portfolio.

1 comment:

dan said...

Successful Entry Level Resumes and Cover Letter Samples

Great Post! Just wanted to add some valuable tips to keep in mind...

If you are entering the job market for the first time you must finds ways to brand yourself as unique. In your entry-level resume you should have a list accomplishments and achievements NOT tasks. If your achievements were completed under time constraints remember to include this as well. Your entry level resume should only include your GPA if it was exceptional, 3.5 or greater, or if the job requires it. You will find many samples of entry level resumes that say you should include your personal skills. This is only a logical thing to do when your past job experience ca not prove your skills. And as an entry level job seeker you probably don not have much job experience. That is OK. Find other things to mention in your entry level resume. List achievements in a group project or success in some form of competition you competed in during school. Another important thing to note for all entry level resumes is that you should always include dates on your resume. Recruiters and HR personal become concerned when they see large gaps.

Successful Entry Level Resumes and Cover Letter Samples