is this just a coincidence?
Here is my June 2010 sample that I emailed them:
(Oh yeah, and I didn't get the job. Actually, they never got back to me.
I had to prod my recruiter several times to get an answer.)
And this is their curent Candie's spokesperson:
I also sent them something extra, another idea for a spokesperson...
So, I just went back and found the old emails:
Design a home page or splash page and 1 secondary page for op.com Fall website based off the concept new vintage/movie night.
Design a 1 Candie’s National Ad for spring...concept and celebrity is open.
Candies is fun, young, flirty and usually has the top female music celebrity.
Op is cool california ...vans/roxy/billabong
Please complete this and send to Rebecca by Friday morning at the latest.
(to them) I actually sent this at 5pm the night before the day it was due (ahead of time).
How are you?
Attached are the creative project items in a zipped file. For Candie's I did two different ads, one celebrity is more on-brand, Lea Michele from Glee. The other celebrity is another up-and-coming young singer with loads of style who I think is awesome and had a Gap TV spot two years ago, Janelle Monae.
(I didn't hear anything for two weeks so I contacted my recruiter)
How are you?
I was wondering if you've heard any new developments concerning the Iconix Brand Group designer position?
(a week later I get this response from her)
I apologize for the delay. I have been out on vacation. While I was gone Iconix offered the position to another Designer. They liked your work but felt this person had an aesthetic sensibility that was more closely aligned with theirs.
I’ll definitely keep you in mind for others.
(I forwarded that to my mom and got this response)
So sorry to learn that another company has yet again made a huge mistake. I know you would have done well there. Well, there must be something better waiting for you out there. I would still question about what happens to the free work you did for that company...
Also, seems odd that the headhunter did not have the professionalism to contact you, even if she was on vacation. What does "aesthetic sensibility" mean anyway?
Hang in there. Put out more feelers. Find more contacts. Sometimes it takes a lot of searching to find the right fit.
(personal family stuff paragraph that was in the original email which I took out for this)
Thanks for letting me know about the job. I really hope and believe that things will turn around for you soon.
Best. Mom. Ever.
Also, I noticed that two months after all of this, the same job was available again through the recruiter. So, either they hired someone and it didn't work out, OR there was never a position and this is how Iconix goes about finding inspiration and new ideas – by using chumps like me.
I have another job now, a much better job, so I can look back on all this and laugh and not feel sad. But right after I didn't get the job I felt like shit, and then I re-felt like shit when I saw the Lea Michelle ads. (As a sidenote: I'm pretty sure I would've punched a hundred kittens if I saw ads all over the city featuring Janelle Monae in saddle shoe platforms. Then, after I was finished sobbing for a week and complaining to my friends how life isn't fair, I would've gone out and bought some saddle shoe platforms.)