Resume Writing

A resume doesn’t really apply to young people or to minimum wage workers.  They fill out applications and don’t have job experience.    A resume is a mature person’s game.  People who have graduated from college and people who have been in the workforce many years have resume.

Resumes are a game where you find yourself selling yourself…when all that is needed is a short conversation to prove your worth.  It may be the foot which gets you in the door, but it won’t be the deciding factor.

Which is why I don’t think there is a market for resume writing, forgive me people who write them, I don’t see them really generating any income or being a large market.  Really, creating a unique resume is one of the easiest things to do ever.  List your accomplishments, educational, job, and other and tailor your resume to your audience, your hiring manager.  If your resume’s skimpy, that doesn’t mean you should rewrite, but it means that you should work more, get more education, accomplish more things.  Don’t lie, though it’s tempting.

Don’t write any thing on your resume more than 10 years ago, no matter how juicy it is.  Hiring managers want relevant recent experience, not how you were, but how you are.

The resume is personal.  It is you in a nutshell.  I can’t understand people who want their resume to read like an outline.  It’s damning to see people’s lives scripted and listed.  A resume should be tailored to the job you are seeking.  If it  is a writing job, you should have your writing gigs, jobs, experience and education.  Don’t forget to list your goals, and don’t let a lack of experience phase you.  Your goals are just as important as what you have accomplished.

Think of this as an essay of your life, your proof of the right to fight for your job.  You have a thesis, your job goal, and your proof, your experience and work.

Besides all this there is more technical details on writing a resume that I’ll get into later.

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This freelance writing thing is super intensive

Freelance writing is hard, but it has it’s rewards. I haven’t written a stitch, except what’s on my blog so a lot of it is selling yourself to the client.

You have to have the energy, motivation and stamina to pay attention to multiple lines of thought.

And you’ve got to have expertise in your topic. People don’t want to listen to someone write about what other people wrote about, sorry, researchers. People want to read about people who have actually lived an experience and have gotten a lot out of it.

I have experienced trying to freelance write. The frustration. The lack of motivation. The difficulty bridging a gap between the client and the writer to the actual audience is so brain consuminog.

It’s not a lot of writing, but marketing and improving yourself by writing CVs and samples.

I’d fight to keep myself up to date with writing and would like to focus on the experiences themselves that the ads request. It’s very difficult to motivate with no obvious reward.

I have read an article that people are more motivated to work when they give something away. So maybe that is my obvious reward.

Why you shouldn’t call yourself a freelance writer

There’s a funny thing about words. Words really affect our perception of ourselves and our work. You should know this, if you are a writer. Words can build up and tear down, create and destroy. So when you pick a word to describe yourself, you are picking what you do, who you are, and how you feel all in one bundle. You are creating your universe. This is why you shouldn’t call yourself a “freelance writer.”

Writers look at the word “free” and subconsciously think, “I’ll be so free, having fun all the time! Enjoying my freedom! No cares, no pressure, no worries! Writing articles by day, trolling the 4chan by night. Happy, happy, happy, free of responsibility!”

And businesses and clients look at the free and subconsciously think “free!? I won’t have to pay them so much! This job which costs $200 can be done for $20! And if I say they didn’t do a good job it will be free! Lucky, me!”

So to prove your worth and to rid yourself of an unwanted image and to redefine yourself: self-employed author, independent author, mercenary writer, writer-for-hire are some good ones. Make a moniker up, be creative and use that tag on your resume and CV. Don’t be afraid to rename yourself, clients will respect you more for it.

The Book.

I have a book, a nice fat 2-inch notebook that I have had since high school and through out college that has all the handouts from my English class in them.

I have used the introduction and conclusion handout so many times and I have looked at the thesis sheets while contemplating my topic.

They have been useful to me over the years, even the poetry in the back I feel I have absorbed and used in many situations.

So As I embark on my freelance writing career, I think I will make a notebook of all that inspires. A print, down to earth, I can see it on the page notebook. And maybe it will come in handy someday.

Freelance Writing: Like a Mug.

I’ve often thought of the phrase “like a mug,” to be like a mug of tea or coffee. This definition confused me a lot.  Now it makes more sense to be like a mug as in a face.  This phrase can be used like “That’s what she said” but without the usual hilarious results.  It’s a milder phrase which can provoke amusement and confusion in others.

A writer should collect unique phrases, quotes and sayings.  I know this because I’m a writer and I do this.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

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Turns out I’m staying up nights, so my mind turned to night jobs.

If I can’t get my ass out of bed in the morning, I might as well work at night.

Well, I just applied at Toys R’ Us for a back of the house stocker position.

I also applied several places for jobs online with indeed.com.  I just put in night jobs in the search engine and then up popped several jobs in the area.  I really don’t think I’m right for any of them, but I probably am just starting my search.  The right job will find me, I am sure of it.

I really try to be positive in this blog, which I hope my readers appreciate.

Here I am

I’ve been up in the night, when it’s not good to go job hunting.

However it has been good for some things: Worrying.  Being annoyed with myself for not being up in the morning.  Thinking about jobs.  Comparing myself with other people.  Wondering if I’ll ever have a Morning Time with God.  Asking my mom about things we are going to do together in the day time.  Writing grocery lists.   Doing nothing.  Stumblingupon.  Writing bad poetry.  Worrying about my future more.  Spacing out.  Drinking coffee and knowing I’ll never get any sleep.  Thinking about writing bad copy on textbroker and then checking it out and thinking better of it.  Wishing it was morning so I could “get stuff done.”   Writing blog posts about how bored I am.  Being generally anxious.

Makes me think that a night job or early morning would be great for me.  I haven’t gone that route yet.

Slump

Well, it’s New Years Day and all of you know that I have been planning on going around gathering part time applications.

I have this nagging fear that if I put it off, I will find myself never doing it, or doing it badly later.   Because I used up all the good feelings waiting and putting it off.

However, due to the cold and the wackiness of the holidays, I have decided to wait.  This coming week and probably next week, I’ll be going around gathering applications and networking with the people in the stores, so they know me a little better and I don’t have to face cold, unfeeling online applications.

I am very frightened.  I know I am less than qualified because of my lack of social skills.  However, I can wash dishes.  Which is what the Cheesecake Factory hires for this season.  It will give me a job I can make money at, while pursuing my real dreams of writing.  It is definitely a need and I have a lot to offer with my successful experience at other jobs.

Maybe this post will inspire me a little to get off my bum and attack getting a job head on.

I’m really worried that the hirer will “get a weird feeling” from me.  I guess that’s not a big deal, he (or she) probably hires a lot of weird people.

Or that for some cosmic reason, I’m “not supposed” to get a job.  I don’t know.  There’s a lot of water to go under that  bridge.  So I’ll just keep myself in my prayers.

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So I’ve mentioned the several stores where I wanted to apply for a job.

I asked my mom if she would take me some places after work.

We drove to the mall area and looked for Payless Shoe Source, but couldn’t find it.  I think it’s closer to the highway than between the mall and that busy street, Cooper, but am not sure.

Then we went to TJ Maxx.  We got there and my mom told me to go get an application after she had parked the car.  It was so busy.  I kind of freaked out and asked her if we were going to go shopping which I hoped we would do first, maybe get some more jeans, but she declined.  Then I said, maybe we should just go.  I didn’t want to go in there and deal with being ugly and how busy it was and feeling crappy from talking to my mom.  I wanted to be confident and comfortable.  So I put it off.  I told my mom we should go.  It sucked, and I didn’t feel better afterwards.  When it gets warmer, I will go on my scooter.  So easy to put off.  I don’t know if I really wanted to work there.

This is related.  I think I have a problem with authority that I’ve never had before.