This is it! This is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for – a publication you’ve had your eye on is interested in your work. Perhaps you’ve had a chance meeting with an editor or saw a job post. Now all you need is to send in that one great clip. You know, the one that shows your skill, expertise and spot on interviewing? So you type the title and your name into Google to pull up the piece…It’s gone.
Silly you, you never got around to saving that clip or even printing it out. You figured it would always be there, when you needed it.
Not saving your clips, backing up your blog posts, etc. is like throwing money away. Why work so hard, research so thoroughly only to toss your work to the wind? Four steps will save you time and tears:
1. Save your web articles, blog posts, etc. as a pdf to ensure they’ll be there when you need it.
2. Keep hard copies of both web articles and print articles in archive grade storage boxes. Your plastic tub from Walmart isn’t going to cut it. Eventually, the paper will begin to yellow and fade, mainly because plastic continues to give off chemicals speeding the breakdown of the paper.
3. Back it up online. There are a variety of services that allows you to save your work beyond your laptop. Computers crash, fires damage files, but online sources are viable, easy-to-use options. There are both free services and paid services available. Do a little research to find the one that works the best for you. Here are few you can investigate:
A few simple steps will go a long way to protect your work and streamline your job search. Pulling up a clip for a query or client shouldn’t be a needle/haystack search. You’ve worked hard to build your career, take time to preserve it!