Given the current circumstances, employees are being laid off left and right. Even my work as a freelance writer has been sporadic so I’ve been applying to different websites and businesses as a content writer.
Out of the four, I heard back from three and went on to the next stage of the recruitment process, so I guess I must be doing something right. If you’ve been down on your luck, I hope the following tips will be able to help you out 🙂
People are always too afraid to be different, so they all stick to the same old template: polite, formal, forgettable. For me, I like to make an impression. I make sure they are able to get an idea of what kind of person I am through the information I choose to share and the way I put it. Maybe even make a video to get their attention. This first point of contact is your chance to be a peacock. Show, don’t just tell. Let them know exactly what your talents are. If you can make amazing pie charts, use it to your advantage. If you’re great at telling stories, be convincing. The rule of thumb here is: stay professional with a little added personality.
People usually choose to stay generic because they don’t want to come across the wrong way, they are afraid of being misunderstood. Well, here’s a little lesson for you, if they don’t get you, you won’t be happy in that work environment anyway. Finding a job is very much like finding your soulmate. It has to suit you. So if you come across as too desperate or arrogant, take your talents elsewhere because for the right job, you’ll never be too anything. You’ll be perfect and they will be excited and feel lucky to have you! So go ahead and pick a job you really like and apply yourself in your application.
Don’t be too honest
I learnt this the hard way because I can be stupidly candid. Don’t ever tell a potential employer what you are currently making, especially if it’s peanuts. If you’re hoping to gain some sympathy and that your employer would actually pay you what they think you’re worth, you’re completely mistaken. Think of it from their perspective: why should they pay you more than the rate you’re willing to work for? Which brings me to my next point…
Place a price on yourself
Everyone has a price. To me, that means that we each have a selling point, we’re each valuable in our own way. As the Joker once famously said, if you’re good at something, never do it for free. In this case, know how much you’re worth and never let anyone tell you what that is. Think about what you can do, whether writing or baking or whatever, now think about what’s the lowest price you’re willing to do it for. Make sure to factor in the value of your skill and the value of your time. Now, never go below that price. Ever. I mean, not everyone can afford Louboutins, but does that mean they should lower their price? Absolutely not.