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Hitting the streets!

After a year and a half at the content writing company, I’ve decided to navigate my own waters and become the captain of my own ships. I thanked them for the opportunity and moved onto hopefully bigger and better things, taking the skills I learned with me. What a ride. Most days I would pump out 4,000 word a day, answer client communications, peer-edit and maybe squeeze in a meeting or two. With some proper vacation days, regular hours or wages, this would be tolerable, but unfortunately, we did not receive any of that. One day, in a cloud of anxiety and way after the sun went down, I looked around my office and thought, enough. I know now what to do and what’s expected in this writing world, I should cut out the middle man and do it myself.

And that’s what I did.

So now I’m back to being unemployed sort of. But I feel much more in control of the situation and excited about my future. Already I landed a few gigs through a great freelancing website that seems to be wonderfully easy in finding fun projects. In two days I crafted a funny blog on how to get your ex back as well as a post on teen confidence. One of the best parts of this new venture? Both of these short assignments paid 5 times as much as any story I wrote for the big content writing mill.

Now, all I need are a few more jobs…!

Job Hunt Tip #7: Following up is essential. ESSENTIAL. When you compete for attention, having your name come up a couple times in e-mails helps. A short, friendly and professional inquiry after your initial application doesn’t hurt at all.

I am no longer unemployed! Sort of.

A great friend of mine in college once crashed into my dorm room and started yelling my name. He said, “Eileen, Eileen, get up!” I kept shouting back, “UURUUUMPF”, or something like that.

When I finally started to get a grip on conscious reality, I started smiling and poking fun at this unabashed intrusion. I told him, “OK, alright, I’m up, I’m uuuup. I’m a queen, here I am, I’m going to change the world! Bring it on!” I raised my fist in the air triumphantly.

He said, “Eileen, if you’re going to change the world, you have to get out of bed first.”

Well. Really now.

My biggest most awful flaw is that I am so. Tragically. Lazy. Exactly half of me wants to change the world and fix all it’s problems and solve hunger and meet everyone alive and love until it hurts.

The exact other half of me wants a big fat, free paycheck to cover me for a life of curling up in bed forever in hazy contentment.

Spanish Rainbow by CrookedFlight

It is a constant struggle that I always wonder about, because if things were handed to me, which would I choose? Would I stay in bed or get up?

So recently, ish, I did land a job. I am now a content writer at the downtown company. I truly enjoy the work, which is a great start. It has been far from easy, but I try to consistently create content that’s interesting and thoughtful. Time constraints don’t allow for this, well, almost ever, but I still try. I’ve hit the six month mark, which is a big deal for me. Who knows where this will go, where this will lead me. Although the position itself has been challenging, it’s good to sit still for two seconds and think. More on all this later.

Next time I won’t wait six months to try to squeeze in everything that’s going on.

Job Hunt Tip #6: If the dream job ends up being a nightmare, try to give it a chance. Hard work usually pays off, especially in writing. If perfect positions grew from trees, a lot more people would be happy. So, if you’ve become employed and aren’t completely thrilled, wait a while if it’s tolerable and see where the wind takes you.

A teeny cute little ray of hope.

I snagged an interview today. This is the second one that’s come up in the last few months, so obviously I’m foaming in the mouth to talk to some real people at a real company. Time to shake out the wrinkles of that suit and get my game face on. Bring it.

Sometime this week or next I’ll strut into that office. I’ll say hey you, office writing people, move the hell over. I’m here, and I’m desperate to use my noggin. I’m about to implode actually with all this creative buildup in my head, so get ready. And don’t judge me too harsh, I just came from a job cleaning bathrooms and throwing crayons at kids 723 times a day. It paid the bills, but it’s time to do what I’m destined to do. Write. WRITE! Right?

So it’s not an offer for a how-epic-am-I column in Cosmo, but it’s something. Seems like SEO writing for businesses, or some sort of blurb-y news writing. We shall see. In the meantime, I’ll keep tossing jobs into my virtual job cart.

I try not to expect anything, then just be pleasantly surprised if it all works. Is that a pessimistic or optimistic view? Having low expectations so everything seems great all the time? Ha, I have no idea. I’ll stick to it for now while I psyche myself up for another work week ahead. That’s not really work. But it is. But it’s not.

I’m unemployed. Sortof.

Job Hunt Tip #2: It may seem obvious, but try to find a name. Find a name at that company your dying to work for. It’s painful for you to write a silly “Dear Sir, or Madam, or Canine, or whatever…”, so I suppose it’s just as painful so someone to read it on your cover letter. Won’t they be surprised if they see their own name, or even someone they know, right at the top in the sea of Sirs and Madams? Surf around LinkedIn or Google and see if you could even contact HR for a little assistance.

Music Motivation: Stay Close by Delorean

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