by Becky Scott
What’s the best way to find a job or a gig? That’s what we all ask ourselves, even if we’ve been at this for a while. The great thing about communities is the opportunity to share so we can learn from each others’ successes – and failures.
Network – no, really – NETWORKI
I’ve gotten a few jobs as an unknown entity, but it’s much more difficult when you don’t know who you’re dealing with. You need to research the company or person you’re pitching so you can tailor your ideas for them (that goes for business writing, blogging, fiction, magazines, et al). By letting my friends and acquaintances know that I’m available – and listening when they casually mention they need something – I’ve garnered several gigs.
Have an elevator pitch
Polish your “this is what I do” mantra until you can tell people what you do in 30 seconds. Why? If you can encompass what you do in 30 seconds, it will give you more focus when you write a query. Keep it in mind when you meet people and they ask you what you do. Think about it when you design your business cards. People don’t have a lot of time, so you need to get their attention quickly.
Don’t burn bridges
No matter how mad you are at your treatment, don’t email everyone you know and tell them. We all vent to a trusted person at times, and that’s fine. But there’s no need to spread it around. And if you see a low-paying job, just pass it by. Don’t email the poster and berate them. Maybe they don’t know they’re paying low wages. One gig I had started out a little low, but on other projects they’ve asked me for my price – and willingly paid it. If I had sent them a nasty-gram, I wouldn’t have the additional income.
There are a lot of great ways to get work. But you have to pound the pavement and practice so you can hone your skills, find out what works and get the job. So what are you waiting for? Get out there!
Tell us, have you gotten a job purely on networking? Have you ever tried an elevator pitch on someone and did it work? And have you ever regretted burning a bridge with someone?\
Becky is a freelance writer and editor in San Diego, Ca. She writes about a variety of topics including business organization and productivity, automotive info for women, personal blogging and celebrity real estate gossip. Visit her online at www.beckyscorner.com