What’s in my Office Thursday: Meet CPS alum Courtney Schiffres, Copywriter at VSA Partners Inc.
Check out her advice below:
While in CPS
When it comes to school and building your portfolio do your homework, and not just the ones assigned. Keep up with the industry and study what’s been done before. Spend way more time researching and nailing down a strong concept than you think is necessary. It’ll make writing for it a thousand times easier. Push yourself – both your work and your work ethic. And don’t take your time at CPS for granted. It was one of the best times of my life so enjoy every god damn minute of it.
The Almighty Job Search
Network your a$$ off. Study the land and organize yourself. Also, I found there are a lot more agencies out there that are suited for you than you think. My advice is to keep your options open. Really figure out what it is about an agency you like, don’t just chase an agency because of its name. This is a hard process; don’t get discouraged. Things have a weird way of working out. You’ll end up where you’re supposed to be.
Once you land your first gig, get noticed. Do more work than is asked of you. Jump in on every project you can get your hands on and help out as much as possible. There have been plenty of times that I did work for other teams and even times I helped out other departments. People notice when you are a team player and I’ve actually landed new work because of it. Be confident. Just because you are an intern doesn’t mean you can’t make an impact.
And lastly, believe in yourself. Self-doubt is the killer of dreams and interviews. You got this.
Check out Courtney’s talented portfolio here: http://www.courtneyschiffres.com