What Would You Do?

What would you do if you were in the room for this speech? 

I can't say that I've actually seen Glengarry GlenRoss but we're all familiar with the term "Always be closing." 

My old boss had sent me this clip during our talks about me joining his team. I watched it three or four times. I googled the transcript and read that a few times. 

Then I wrote my resignation letter. 

I was reminded of it again reading 6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A Better Person and the author quoted a piece talking about the three responses people usually have to it. 

Fix Your Face: 9 LinkedIn Pic Tips

There’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram where you hang out with your friends and post pics of whatever the hell you please.

And then there’s LinkedIn where you’re presenting yourself to potential employers, colleagues and other professionals.

How you look on your LinkedIn profile is just as important as what you say on it.

Here are 9 Tips to Look Better on LinkedIn:

Get Recommended on LinkedIn

60% of getting a job in advertising is based on who you know. 30% is based on whether or not they think you're awesome. 10% is whether or not you actually are awesome. (I made those percentages up, but you get the idea.) 

LinkedIn is a great platform for career growth because it quickly and easily shows who you know, And when you get recommended on LinkedIn, the whole world knows that they think you're awesome. 

You didn't even have to toot your own horn, name drop or do some big song and dance. 

Too easy. 

3 Quick Tips to Help You Get LinkedIn Recommendations:

How to Be Creepy on LinkedIn

The Internet is a stalker's paradise. A little Googling can give you someone's life story. Half the time, people are vomiting their day-to-day movements on blogs, Twitter and Instagram so you don't even have to dig too deeply. 

So how can you make this work for you and your career? 

Whether or not you're looking for a job right now, connecting with people who share your interests - and future job title - is very important. And worth the semi-creepy research. 

This guest post was written by Michelle Tran, a junior art director who's okay with being overly nosy. 

The Creepy Things I Do on LinkedIn:

How To Burn A Bridge

The advertising industry is a small town. Everybody knows somebody that knows
somebody that knows you. Which is great when you're looking for a job, a recommendation or a connection to another person. Which is why I say things like Don't Be an Asshole, Watch Your Step at the Front Desk and You're Kevin Bacon.

And that is why when you burn a bridge in this business, no matter how small it may seem, it's a big deal. 

I saw a bridge go up in flames at work recently. A young writer had struck a few matches, perhaps practice shots, and then threw three solid molotov cocktails in one conversation. For example, saying things like she didn't want to make updates and didn't care about the project since she was leaving in a week.

2014 To Don't List: 7 Things To Stop Doing Today

Yes, it's February. And yes, I'm talking about changes to make for the new year. (Studies show only 64% of people maintain their resolutions past the first month. 46% make it 6 months.) And honestly, it doesn't matter if it's February 6th, April 21st, August 24th or November 2nd. Every day is a chance to do something amazing.

We should always aim to be better today than we were yesterday and almost as awesome as you'll be tomorrow.

So here's your official Shit To Stop Doing Starting Today List 

2014 To Do List: 7 Things To Start Doing Today

Let's not even call these resolutions actually. Consider this a To Do list - well, actually - a Start and Keep Doing list.

Things to Start Doing

- Read Articles. On Adage, Adweek, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Wired, Huffington Post - wherever. Just read things and be up to date on what's going on around you. Trust me. "I read this article that said..." is always a great way to start a conversation. 

Renew Your Creative Resolutions

We're definitely in 2014, there's no denying that right now. How's it going with those things you promised you were going to do or not do this year? 

I read a study that said only 8% of these people achieve their resolutions. So... yeah. Maybe I should ask about last year's resolutions? Or ones from the year before? 

We essentially always want the same things - to be better. Whether it's losing weight, saving money, working less, sleeping more or getting a new job - they all lead you to a better you. And require a lot of hard work and discipline.

So let's be realistic and set some reasonable and achievable goals. Goals you can accomplish within the next week, month and three months. 

Here are the resolutions I posted in 2012, which are still relevant, funny enough. Have a read and pick 3 to jump right on immediately. Write them on a post-it and put them somewhere you can see every day so you don't forget. 

Back In Business: 2014 Let's Go!

Guess who’s bizzack

Happy New Year. Happy Lunar New Year. Happy February. Happy Monday. *lights fireworks filled with confetti*

I had to pause on posting for a bit but now I'm back. 

So let's do this. 

There is so much I want to share with you all.

There’ll be lots of new posts – covering  some topics  based on questions and conversations with creative wannabes and my personal experiences at work.

 There’s also a contest coming up. Plus a meet up. And a Google+ Hangout.

With the new year, there’ll be some changes – more to come on that later – but please continue reading, liking and sharing.

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