Think YOUR Applications Are Tough?

Who loves applying for jobs! Anyone? Anyone at all? Nope. No one. Applying for jobs takes time, energy, and consistently results in disappointment and diminishing self esteem—which can be extra hard when your interview requires a broad smile and easy-going manner. But before you get that far you need to publish yourself, and this can require business cards, a website, cover letters, samples… These are hard enough for someone applying to be a receptionist, but for these careers, some steps can be EXTRA difficult.

1. A graphic designer and business cards.

Graphic designers design graphics, obviously. Their whole career and profession requires them to have a GREAT eye for design, color, composition, and balance. So when they get a few square centimeters on which to sell themselves, in a business card, it’s a bit like asking a novelist to give a one-line pitch for their new book. It is hard. They need to make it look good, but not overdone, and often have to pay bigger bucks to get better printing and more colors.

2. Writers and cover letters

Writers are off to a rough start already in a field that has almost universally NEVER been profitable since scribes went out of business. When a writer does a cover letter they need to make things flow along with all the hard hitting sentence structure of a great news article, avoid the poeticism, but make themselves shine as capable individuals. And if they use a word wrong, or have a dangling modifier—they get chucked out ON THE SPOT. It’s writing, on hard mode.

3. Editors and proofreaders vs. resumes/cover letters

Like the writers, but almost worse. They don’t have to write with the same pressure, but miss a comma and it can all be over. When your job is to make text perfect, putting a resume together is a bit like a surgery with a patient ready to go a-fib any second.

4. Handycrafters and portfolios.

Etsy and eBay are a great opportunity for so many people, but it does put the pressure on in terms of photography and portfolio. Even the best designer can come off as a silly kid if they don’t get a good picture of their stuff or have a bad design. Best bet, link to a blog and keep it updated. If you are doing photobooks, try to have your designs featured online somewhere—a vendor that features top user designs if possible. The same with Christmas or scrapbooking cards, and just about everything else.

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