I first got introduced to "Jancy" via the excellent Toronto-based ad site www.ihaveanidea.org. The site, labelled "advertising's intellectual archive" is a deep resource, filled with student creative work, great articles, interviews, an active (and very lively) message board, and, finally, "Ask Jancy". It's an advice column in which Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, co-creative directors of Ogilvy Toronto field a wide array of questions about all matters related to getting that elusive job in advertising. Pick Me is the book based on that column, and if the book contained not much more than the wisdom shared by these two, it would be worth it's price many times over.
But Pick Me is actually much more than just a compilation of articles from an advice column. The book also includes priceless guidance from ad industry heavy-weights like Neil French, Chuck Porter, Sally Hogshead, Mark Fenske and more. How they got their first job, what they look for in juniors, and something often overlooked in ad career advice books and articles: what they have learned over the years that they wish they had known when taking the first steps in the business.
Overall Pick Me is a very enjoyable and informative read, and will figure to be a valuable resource for years to come.