With this tough economy I know how hard it is to gain employment. Trust, me, I’m in the same boat. But I sometimes wonder, when did it get THIS bad? What happened to the days when you could apply for jobs, get an interview and get hired whether you had experience or not. I mean, they have to train you, right? Currently for over a month now, I have been looking for a writing gig. Now, I thought that I would be one up on the other applicants because I have a Master’s in Creative Writing. NOPE! I know it depends on the kind of writing job that you may be going after. But, I have had a lot of experience with writing. I’ve even been to seminars and everything. Why aren’t I special that you won’t say, ” We want her?”. This could be for several reasons:
1. To content of your resume
2. Type of writing skills
3. EXPERIENCE ( A must have in most cases)
I know you may be thinking, ” I have the education.” Trust me, I know, I have it too! But, certain companies want you to have the education that best follows that position. In the defense of the fellow writer’s I say, ” We won’t gain experience if you don’t give us a chance.” I know a lot of people agree with me on that statement. We have to stand out in front of these employers. I have updated my resume a gillizion times and now I have my writer’s resume and other jobs on one resume with a list of my writing endeavors. The last few internships that I’ve had I was granted it because of my blog. If you don’t have a blog, maybe you should start, just a thought. Any whoo, we apply for these writing jobs thinking we are going to be paid as much as the actors. NO…..BACKSPACE AND DELETE!!! Writer’s are not paid tons of money ( at least at first). Most times we have to start from the bottom and work our way up the ladder. Like others have had to do before us. I don’t have a problem with that. If i’m doing what I love, it shouldn’t feel like a job anyway, right? At least that’s how I think. Writing is what I do and i’m always trying to perfect my craft the best I can whether it’s writing novels, screenplays, a web series, articles, technical writing, content writing,whatever. Always try and stay brushed up with your skills. Things are always changing with writing. I’d suggest researching using Google and youtube about the different styles and content that goes with writing. I do it all the time. I read articles, and I even take typings tests (they are free). Whether you are applying for a writing job or a job in general always do your research on the company and even research what they are looking for within that position. We will make it, the economy won’t make us. Stay prayed up, focused, and grounded with your job search, goals, and plans! Be good y’all and keep grinding. Self perseverance is everything!