Zach’s presentation last week was really well done and informative. The points that really stuck out to me, which I had not considered were the questions to ask following the end of your interview. What is your favorite thing about working here? What is a typical day like at the company? These are such simple questions but I think in the heat of the interview process, someone wouldn’t normally gravitate to asking something like this. As Zach stated, it’s a great way of showing that you are interested and also keeping the interviewers on their toes and really getting a gauge of how the company is.
Last week we had a guest speaker come in, James Levin who runs an organization Job Search Therapy. James is a Talent Acquisition Specialist among other things. Hearing James talk and describe that there are companies out there that help creative find work and help promote themselves better is wonderful. We’ve all had moments where we feel we’ve hit a slump or we worry and question why an interview didn’t go as planned, and James is the person who can help us improve our overall presentation.
James mentioned a few valuable points that I walked away with. One is the conversational pivot, and the second being elevator speech. James broke these down in a very simplistic way, which looking back now I don’t know why I imagined them so daunting and hard. It was definitely a worthwhile experience listening to James and it’s good to know there are people out there who can help us creatives if we ever hit a rut in the future.
Work is continually increasing in volume. Joe was out for a week on vacation and it was my job to handle the brands we work on. That meant I took care of all e-mail work that came our way. It was a little nerve wracking at first but after the first day of Joe being gone I got the grasp of it. It was awesome to see that I could handle all of that on my own, even got some compliments from our Creative Director.
Work has been picking up at Cult. Joe, the art director who I work under ha begun giving me more responsibilities and I’ve actually begun creating e-mails on my own without much supervision behind me. I do send in the final product to Joe for a sign off before pushing it further through the office, but it’s nice to know I’m picking up the work quickly and that they trust me enough to work on my own. One of the best feelings is realizing you have the necessary skills to do well with a project even if it’s something you’ve never done before.
The first few weeks at Cult have been very exciting. Despite being on stand by a lot of the time while I wait for come work to come my way, it’s been great observing how an office really works. I’m getting the grasp of e-mail work quite quickly and beginning to move through work much faster than I did at my start. Overall, having a blast.
My internship will be at Cult Health which is a pharmaceutical advertising agency. I will be working under an Art Director and helping design and edit e-mails that the agency creates for pharmaceutical brands. Among other things I will also be learning the naming and filing structure of the agencies folders and how they work flow runs in the office.