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The Insider’s Scoop on Talking Dog Recruitment: A Q&A

The countdown is ON! Are you ready?

By Gracie Hamby

You’ve spent the summer updating your resume and polishing your portfolio. You’ve checked for typos, formatting errors, aestheticsthen double checked… and triple checked. Don’t worry, we see you!

We’ve seen your DM’s. We’ve seen your inquiry submissions on our website. Now let’s answer the burning questions… 

Applications open on August 21!!

But, we know that there’s more to be answered. We reached out to our amazing Talking Dog Recruitment Co-Directors to answer some of YOUR most asked questions regarding this year’s application process. Are you ready for the insider’s scoop?

Q: “Is the application only open to The College of Journalism and Mass Communications  students/students that are AdPR majors?

A: Absolutely not! We encourage anyone interested in this industry to apply. In the past, we have had many members from both UGA’s Terry College of Business and The Lamar Dodd School of Art. The Talking Dog experience is in no way limited to just communications students or Ad/PR majors. We value a diverse environment. What makes us different, makes us stronger!

Q: “What is the time commitment of being a member of Talking Dog Agency?”

A: On average, students commit five hours a week to Talking Dog. This year, agency-wide meetings will be shorter than in years past, but will be held on a more frequent basis. Applicants should expect to meet every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for agency meetings. Applicants should also expect to meet with their client teams on a weekly or bi-weekly basis based on their project manager’s discretion. Additionally, role advisors will meet with their associated group members individually on an as-needed basis. All Talking Dog meetings will be held remotely for the foreseeable future. 

Q: “Since this year will be different from the past, will I still get the full agency experience when I’m working remotely with my team?”

A: It’s important to note that some client teams met remotely all of last year due to scheduling conflicts. The agency was even run remotely beginning in March for the remainder of the academic year. This isn’t entirely new territory for us. Rest assured knowing that the board of directors, alongside our advisors, have been preparing for a remote agency environment since April. We are confident that we can replicate a very similar experience for our students as in years past. 

Q: “The only experience I have is work from my classes… will I stand a chance?”

A: 100% YES! Not only are we looking for experience, but we are also looking for those who show intense passion and enthusiasm to learn. Eager applicants are the ones who stand out! If you have confidence in your goals, we will definitely be able to see it.  Even if you don’t make it this year, it will still serve as great interview experience as you apply for internships and jobs in the future. 

Q: “I’m not sure which role would best suit my interests and skills. What should I do?”

A: All role descriptions can be viewed on our website under “prospective students.” However, we encourage all applicants to do their own research on the roles, too! Go to your favorite agency’s LinkedIn account to find comparable roles to ours. Read their job descriptions or reach out and ask them questions to gauge if that position would be a good fit for your skills. You can always Google research all the roles, too. It’s important to know what exactly you’re applying for! 

Q: “Oh no! I don’t have a portfolio. What do I do?”

A: Don’t fret! If you don’t have a portfolio, consider emailing us class samples with your resume instead. Do you have a certain essay or design piece from a class assignment that you are particularly proud of? If so, we want to see it! This year we are allowing applicants to send in a cover letter if they do not have a portfolio, too. This is a great way to show us your writing skills, and an opportunity for us to hear a little about your career goals and aspirations. In your cover letter, we’d love to hear about why you’re interested in Talking Dog, and what kind of skills you can bring to the agency. Whether you decide to send in your portfolio, a couple work samples, or a cover letter, this part of the application is a chance to make yourself stand out!

Q: “So if I submit a portfolio, I don’t have to worry about sending in other materials?”

A: Each applicant will need to email us their resume once they have submitted their application. From there, applicants have the choice of submitting either a portfolio/work samples or a cover letter. For example, if you are applying to be an art director, a portfolio would probably showcase your skills better than a cover letter would. However, if you’re applying to be a copywriter, you might opt to submit a cover letter to showcase your writing skills. 

Q: “Will there be an interview round? If so, how will it be like?”

A: If you make it through the application round, you will be invited to a group video interview round. Group interviews will be held remotely with four to five interviewees in each group. Applicants should expect a few members from the board of directors to be present in each group interview. 

Q: “How can I best prepare for the questions that will be asked during the interview round?”

A: Treat this interview as you would any other. Like other interviews, applicants can best prepare for questions by researching basic interview questions, as well as industry and role-specific questions. It’s important to know the role you’re applying for like the back of your hand. 

Q: “Virtual interviews make me really nervous. What can I do to better prepare for my Zoom group interview?”

A: Take a deep breath! If you are experiencing any tech issues during your interview, please reach out to us. We want you to feel comfortable! Watch your body language as you both listen and speak. We want to see that you’re actively present and interested. If it will ease your worries, research virtual interview etiquette tips. If it makes you feel more comfortable, you can even have your resume on your screen as you talk to us to remind you of your talking points! 

For this year, all applications must be submitted by September 5 at 11:59 pm. Although many things are still uncertain in the world, we have confidence that this year will be another incredible one for Talking Dog. As always, we look forward to learning, networking and growing as professionals together. 

Still have questions? Follow Talking Dog on our social media channels to keep up with the latest recruitment advice and updates.

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