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Fall Update

I’ve been meaning to write a September Update for so long… and now November is upon us, oh dear. Now the weather is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter (or at least is seems) and I actually have been pretty busy, but mostly in a good way. He is a rundown…

I am still at Ziff Davis (going on 16 months!). Not to sound like a broken record, but I am looking for a new job, but not just any job, I need the right job that will point me in the right direction.
In early September, I had an interview at Young & Rubicam (courtsey of my contact Stephanie Kugelman) and I think it went very well. The only down side is that they aren’t technically hiring at the moment. But my name is “on file” in case anything comes up. My resume was passed on from the Y&R office to VML, an interactive agency under the Young & Rubicam Brands umbrella. I thought I was a shoe-in and the AE I interview with seemed very positive. But alas, the position was filled by someone else.
Just this week I had a very useful meeting with a recruiter at O’Hare + Associates. Sadly, not many agencies are looking for Jr level account positions at the moment, and that has been the case over the summer as well. It was a very good meeting though in that she was very honest with me in what the state of things is at the moment.

I have been able to do so many exciting things through AWNY, I only wish I had joined the organization sooner!
A real highlight was the Cannes Lions event I went to during Advertising Week at the end of September. I “worked” at the event… held at a Lowes IMAX theatre on the upper west side. Most of the time was spent mingeling with other AWNY young professional, drinking and enjoying the amazing food (some of the cutest or’dovers ever… and main courses and dessert). We all got bags of popcorn as we shuffled into the IMAX theatre to watch an awesome presentation of the award winning ads, strategies and media plans from the past year.

The top winner was Grrrr. You should watch this ad, it is pretty amazing. Its overall theme of positive hate was incrediabely successful. Lindsay is not a particualr fan of the ad, appearently it was played over and over and over in Europe.

There was also a great ANWY breakfast on Friday of Advertising Week, with Kathy Aaronson, CEO of The Sales Athlete. She gave some awesome tips on what to say and ask on a job interview! The really awesome part was that the breakfast was in the New York Times Building in Times Square. The building itself was old and filled with history…sadly I heard that NYT is going to change locations soon, which is a shame, that building is awesome.

My classes are actually coming to a close, sadly. I have been taking the Ad Clubs Advertising and Marketing 101 course like I did last year. There have really been some amazing presentations, and it is so interesting to see the state the industry is at and were it is going.
I have also been enrolled in a 6 week cooknig class through the Hoboken School District, part of their “continuing education” program. It is not what I thought it would be. Actually, it is held once a week in the lunchroom kitchen at the Hoboken High School, and it is no hands-on at all. I dont even get to chop things :( But the class is run by a nice old lady from Australia, who can definitely cook but is not always the best at teaching the reasoning behind things. She prepairs very simple dishes, nothing to gourmet, which is fine, and we all get a small taste at the end. It is at least gettting me to try some new things (brussel sprouts, beats, apple cobbler using lemon juice instead of cinnamon ). I can now roast a chicken and make a homemage veal stock, if I had the time and energy. At least it has been something to do on Monday evenings.

And there you go… exciting stuff

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