How long did it take you to find work?

Having graduated in Dec, then moving out here from Eugene, OR, I figured I'd be able to beat the flood of student applicants. 3 months later, no one seems to need an entry level Strategist.

Just wondering what other people went through before they found work.

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I am in the exact same situation as you. The only replies and interviews that I have had lately are from internships, but still the competition is stiff. One thing is for sure, applying to listed positions seems like a waste of time as there are many of us looking. Cold emails couldn't hurt I guess. Have you gotten to know the better agencies to contact, or do you need some recommendations?

I have been looking for several months now as well. I landed a part-time job in retail; however, I have heard absolutely nothing. I guess we just need to keep looking :/

Recommendations never hurt, I'd be grateful for the help. Weird to look at retail after getting a degree ya know? I'm in that boat as well.

Crispin Porter + Bogusky is not the best for posting entry level spots and the competition is beyond fierce to get in there, so here are some smaller agencies that do some good work. These are some of my preferred agencies, and they have been pretty good at getting back to my emails.

http://www.tdaboulder.com/ - My favorite. I think they are currently hiring strategists too.
http://www.karsh.com/
http://www.sharpideas.com/
http://www.action-marketing-group.com/
http://movementstrategy.com/
http://www.srg.com/

TDA's a great agency, I'd love to be a part of their work.

A few here are new to me, thanks for the help! Have you gone into any of these agencies that you listed?

I know exactly where you're coming from. After graduation and 5 solid months of searching, 15 interviews and COUNTLESS times of hearing, "We're looking for someone with more experience," I finally landed a gig. It really is all a manner of putting as many feelers as you can out there and being prepared for interviews at a moments notice.

Here is one thing you also might consider in your job search. Although you are new to your field and fresh out of school, you might want to consider NOT putting your graduation date on your resume. I had 4 or 5 interviews while i had my graduation date on my resume and during one interview the person conducting it pretty much showed me the door once he saw that I was fresh out of school. After I took my graduation date off my resume, I received A LOT more calls for interviews after that. The companies that interviewed me NEVER asked when I graduated, and if they do ask you then you be honest and tell them.

You have a degree and a set of skills that people need and desire. Unfortunately, it seems as though companies today look at people fresh out of school NOT for their talents but rather how long they've been in the field. Companies look at fresh talent as too wet behind the ears to make any contributions, instead of how they can bring new and innovative ideas to the table. Keep that in mind and before you know it, you'll have people lining up to hire you.

Good luck in the search.

- Kevin

I'm looking pretty regularly for work in video production / motion graphics in Denver. I'm trying to move out there from PA, and it looks like its really hit or miss to get a job. It seems like all the positions may be taken or they are just skeptical to hiring anyone new - no real reason why, just skeptical at making an addition and changing the dynamics of already successful teams. I think I could find a job pretty easily and I'm fully confident in my work, here is my reel (http://www.vimeo.com/21628963) but I haven't been able to secure one yet. That is fine with me though, I'll be able to find something. I just need to give it some time.

Ya know - Come to think of it though, I feel like it's a tough market no matter where you are to get a job in our field.

There are a lot of talented individuals out there, maybe some people need to just walk out on a limb and start a new company hahah. Seems like between all the diverse talented people on here, a lot of them could come together to form a new company.

I'm looking pretty regularly for work in video production / motion graphics in Denver. I'm trying to move out there from PA, and it looks like its really hit or miss to get a job. It seems like all the positions may be taken or they are just skeptical to hiring anyone new - no real reason why, just skeptical at making an addition and changing the dynamics of already successful teams. I think I could find a job pretty easily and I'm fully confident in my work, here is my reel (http://www.vimeo.com/21628963) but I haven't been able to secure one yet. That is fine with me though, I'll be able to find something. I just need to give it some time.

Ya know - Come to think of it though, I feel like it's a tough market no matter where you are to get a job in our field.

There are a lot of talented individuals out there, maybe some people need to just walk out on a limb and start a new company hahah. Seems like between all the diverse talented people on here, a lot of them could come together to form a new company.

That's actually a really good idea Kennon. No one'll hire us, fine. Start an agency called "Unemployed"

Hahahah I like it. Well, if you end up running with the idea, I'm your guy for video and motion graphics!

http://www.vimeo.com/21628963

woops already linked that demo reel earlier hahaha

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