Vice President, Account Director
BBDO, New York
My first job was as an Account Coordinator
at HDM/Dawson Johns & Black, Chicago
AEF: How many people did you have to
Kathy: Three. An account executive, an
account supervisor, and an account director.
AEF: Did they ask you any surprising questions?
Kathy: The most surprising question they
asked me was what salary I was hoping to receive -- which
shouldn't have surprised me! I didn't have any experience
talking about money in the context of a job/salary. Looking
back, I should have had a better idea of what other Account
Coordinators were making so I could have offered and supported
a number that I knew was reasonable, with confidence.
Kathy: Good resources for that information
(which often isn't readily available in the advertising field)
are friends who have received job offers and the classifieds
in the back of Ad Age and AdWeek -- they often list salaries
for a lot of different positions.
AEF: How long a period of time were you there being
Kathy: I went in two times. The first
time I was there about two hours. The second time was only
AEF: How long a period of time passed
between your interview(s) and your start date?
Kathy: Two weeks. I was offered the job
right before Christmas, and asked for two weeks so that I
could go home to CT for the holidays. I knew it would be a
long time before I could go back home, and since Christmas
was a slow time for the Agency, it was a reasonable request
that they honored.
AEF: How were you notified that you
Kathy: In person, at the end of my last
AEF: Did you send a thank-you note?
Kathy: Yes. I think a follow-up note is
critical to making a professional, confident impression. It
shows good follow-through, not to mention good manners. It
also reinforces your interest and excitement in the job. People
want to hire someone who is enthusiastic about the assignment!
AEF: Things you know now that you wish
you knew then:
Kathy: Everyone is only human.
AEF: Things you wish someone had told you when you
were just starting out:
Kathy: Don't hold back in your thinking
and performance because you are worried about making a mistake.
As long as you do your best, try your hardest and admit the
mistakes you make as soon as you know you've made one,
most people will support you and help you fix the mistake
When you don't know something -- ASK! Presidents
and CEOs still ask questions when they don't know something.
It's the best and fastest way to learn your job and move ahead.
And don't forget -- your boss was in your
shoes at one time too!
AEF: How many jobs have you had since then?
AEF: What did you major in/study in college?
Kathy: Economics and English (double major)