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I wanted to know if there are companies (NYC preferably) that would hire someone like me to be a proverbial cog in their wheel.
Anyone know where I can look for these kind of job openings? Many thanks in advance.
PPC is pretty much an entire industry, and there are plenty of jobs working with online advertising (here in the UK there are, in any case!).
Of course, this forum isn't the place to talk about specific job postings, but you could easily try to get opinions on what may be the most desirable skills, or even ways to evaluate potential employers ;)
a starting place to look for them
I had a quick look over PPC listings for jobs in the industry and it seems that lots of companies are using that as way to source candidates.
I would recommend using the skills you've picked up from your PPC experience to research what's out there - a good way to make an impression, I reckon.
Bottom line is: how do I sell myself without giving too much away?
You may want to research companies who do Adwords and offer your services directly. Do some searches and check those with poor ads and how you can help improve their bottom line.
You could also go freelance. Check Guru and eLance. That's where I get most of my projects from. In fact, I'm close to the point where I will need someone like you to help out.
Look for PPC/SEM seminars in your area, spend the money to go to them, and ask intelligent questions; don't just sit there. It's a twofer - you'll probably learn something, and you may impress some of the people who will become clients.
Not sure what the US equivalent is, but I work in the UK PPC agency environment.
Check out the New Media Age jobs section - www.nma.co.uk - that will give you the names of a few large companies, who can in turn put you in contact with their US counterpart.
Failing that, most of the big agency groups now have a significant SEM offering.
Also, the magic keyword for finding these jobs is 'SEM' rather than 'PPC'
and if you are a newbie...immerse yourself in SEO/SEM NOW...
because there are very high wages to be paid if you can command the internet marketing ship for a company...
companies are now understanding that you can't let the admin assistant start a googel adwords account and run it properly...the suture is ours!