How do I break into marketing with a non-traditional resume?

I am a very creative person who loves science but has grown tired of typical bench work. I will be completing my PhD this spring and I'd like to break into marketing and/or advertising, with a long-term goal of working for a pharmaceutical company in their marketing department. I have an excellent science background. I have some hand-on experience in marketing, advertising, and PR for groups I volunteer with (college alumni group and sorority), but I have no formal training in marketing and my experience is rather spread out over the years. Any advice on how to break into a marketing/advertising job? I know I'll have to start at the ground and work my way up and I'm very willing to do it--how do I convince potential employers to take a chance? Thank you for all answers!

Asked By: ivybear98 - 1/24/2007
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Your profile is interesting. Even if you don't have experience, you can convince the inteviewer, and make him listen to what he's looking for... More
Answered By: Cooler! - 1/24/2007
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looks like that PhD is really going to come in handy.
Answered By: BBQ MASTER3 - 1/24/2007
i don't know if this can help any, but i am a graphic artist - self starter - who is not doing so bad now with my own from home business as well as working at a newspaper - my advice is to get yourself a couple of maybe smaller accounts in your field to design ads for from home and use them or those ideas to build a... More
Answered By: merlineaton - 1/24/2007
I don't think it's going to be as difficult as you may think... More
Answered By: LongSnapper - 1/25/2007
The American Advertising Federation has local chapters all across the United States, and student chapters at many universities. Contact the advertising/marketing department at your school to see if they have a chapter, and join it. Look in the phone book under "Advertising Agencies and Counselers" and make some phone... More
Answered By: Jeffrey W - 1/27/2007
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