Online Ad Jobs Go Begging

With the business up 30% in 2006, Internet companies are desperate to fill jobs. Salaries and other perks are keeping pace

During the Internet bust, Gay Gaddis got used to job candidates who were grateful to have an offer...any offer. Now the president of Austin (Tex.) interactive ad agency T-3 The Think Tank is struggling to fill the 28 openings on her staff of 150. She knew things had changed when she offered a group creative director position, a gig that pays $150,000 to $200,000 a year, to a freelancer -- and got turned down. "It has eked up as ad dollars shift to the Internet," she says. "I've kind of gulped at a few salaries, but I'm willing to pay it."

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