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How To Love Your Advertising Job… Again

So, you’ve been at your agency gig, what, a year now? If you already find yourself scrolling job boards for that cushy CD spot at a big firm, stop. In this economy, it might be best to get more creative about your job duties than search for supposedly greener pastures elsewhere.

Career and job strategist Kyra Mancine says you can make an old gig feel like new simply by making or enhancing personal connections at your company. “Instead of emailing a colleague, go up to him and express interest in what he’s working on,” Mancine said.

Consider joining group activities after work, as well. (The same old parties and happy hours you go to just for the swag don’t count.) “If your employer has a community service program, use that as an opportunity to do something good for someone else and get away from your workplace for a few hours a week,” said executive coach Cheryl Palmer. “This will take your mind off your own troubles and also lend a helping hand to someone else.”

Get more tips in  6 Ways To Love The Job You Have.

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How to Speak With Confidence At SXSW

Stepping in front of that Austin audience may not sound hard at first, but public speaking pros warn that being an engaging and helpful panelist takes planning.

“Many people think they can just wing it — I’ve seen it a hundred times — but it’s important to do your homework,” said frequent panelist Nicole Williams, founder and CEO of the career website WORKS by Nicole Williams.

South By Southwest organizer Christine Auten advised, “Look [the panelists] up on LinkedIn and see what groups and organizations they’re part of.” By reading up on interviews they’ve given in the past, you can glean clues as to what they’ll say again and how you can add to that perspective or counter it.

For more tips on wowing the South By crowd, read How to Be a Great Panelist at SXSW (or Any Other Conference). [sub req'd]