Some dear friends of mine are now looking for senior-level, client-side gigs. So, I thought it might be worth a few hundred words to explore the advantages agency professionals might have vs. client-only candidates.
You are not stuck to one industry
You, the seasoned agency veteran, have probably worked on a variety of brands and categories. Which means your past experience can work across multiple categories, potentially offering you more jobs for which you qualify.
You have seen more
You’ve been in “the shit” more than client-side only counterparts. You have helped brands solve a wide variety of marketing problems. Which again means you might be a fit for more jobs. The benefit to employers? You can help them solve the current challenges more quickly, but continue to be helpful moving forward. You’re an experience utility player.
Your network of contacts might be broader and larger than a typical client’s
This is an added benefit of working across multiple businesses. Your network will be made up of both agency folks and client-side associates. The more people know you are looking for a job, the greater the chance you will hear about a job that’s a good fit for you.
You can bring innovation to a given job
The thinking, strategies and execution you did in one category could be refreshing and therefore very valuable in a new one. This angle can be particularly helpful should you be angling for a job in which you have no prior direct category experience.
You just might be more up to date than your competitors
Some folks with client-side experience might be behind the times a bit. Successful agency people have to stay a little more intellectually nimble. Your mileage will vary of course. And naturally, fans of this particular blog are a little more savvy than the average bear!
You may be a better communicator, too
As a senior-level professional, you are used to presenting and writing decks, internal memos and using the intrapersonal skills your Mama gave you. This can provide you a valuable advantage throughout the search process.
All of this, of course, does not suggest you are inherently better than someone with strictly a client-side marketing background. But it’s my hope the above can give you a bit more hope that your agency experience can prove to be valuable as you search for client-side gigs.