It’s been a constant struggle for me to look for employment and looking in the right places in the right companies and I just don’t know where to begin. I have been looking and looking and its not getting me anywhere, and most companies and places require someone to have a lot of experience in the field, but what if that person is just getting out of college, or getting out of a program in which they earned a certificate and they too cannot get into the placement or career they have been studying and preparing for? I am looking for employment in the blogging, social media, office work of administrative duties, clerical. I have been looking all over the internet and It seems like I am just going in circles. Any ideas? My residence is in the Toronto, Ontario Canada area, and I am willing to work from home as well and work for companies to blog for them across North America. Please drop me a line if you have tips and tricks on how to get started. I have done many different types of jobs but recently, I just cannot get into the vibe and I need assistance. Thank you so much!
I know Exactly what you mean – I am in a similar position – want to work but can’t find work 😦
I wish you the best of luck. Unfortunately, the market is very tough right now. I did put together some ideas and resources in a recent blog post that may be of use to you: http://livesimplylivethriftylivesavvy.com/2012/02/02/how-to-earn-a-little-extra-from-the-comfort-of-your-couch/ . I am not sure if all of the opportunities are available in Canada, but it may be worth a try. Good luck! 🙂
I’m not able to help you, but I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers, Talin.
Sometimes you have to make your own job. If you are looking for a position in social media, you are in the ideal place to make your own place. I teach workshops in blogging and social media, and also run a company. I suggest that you turn your blog into a business. This will make you an expert, which will cause people to come to you for advice. Eventually, you will either get an offer from a company, or you will become successful in your own right, and will be running your own business.
I’m sorry I can’t be of help, either, but I wish you the best of luck; keep perseverance, determination and positive thoughts in mind and you’ll find something soon…you’ll be in my thoughts, too!
If you can’t find work…create it! How? By creating a product and selling it using my services to create.
I always have work for talented people. Theres so much to make and sell..it’s endless.. I just gave this university student a job making our intro video and man did he ever do a great job.. Not only do I have a pro video but now this student has a pro career. Life can be great when you share;)
The market makes it tough. You’re right, everyone wants someone with lots of experience. I’ve had a hard time breaking back in because I took some time off to start my family. Now, despite the fact that I have a masters degree, I’m finding that everyone wants to know not only what you’ve done, but what you’ve done lately. When they hear I’ve been busy being a mom . . . well it is a strike against me. I hope you have better luck than I have had! 🙂
I heard of a website called O Desk where you can work online for different companies. The competition is tough, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to suggest it. It’s http://www.odesk.com
I wish you the best of luck!
I teach social media for business classes in local community education programs. They are very popular right now. Also, I work with temp agencies that offer contract work. I’m thinking you could do copywriting and content creation for a variety of businesses!
Try getting on LinkedIn and join social media groups in your area and start reaching out to other people you know who might be on LinkedIn. That’s a great place to not only get your name out but also get the heads up about positions that are open.
If you really do want to work in social media I HIGHLY recommend learning about metrics. I work in social media now and while Im a strong writer I got the job because I know Google Analytics and understand the principles of tracking metrics. That will go a looooong way in helping you find a job. There are tons of writers. There are tons of analysts. There AREN’T tons of analysts who can also write 😉
Check out “What Color is Your Parachute” A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career changers by Richard N. Bolles. He publishes a new edition every year. I have the 2010 edition and it was very timely. I avoided it for years, but he actually puts it all together so well, and you are bound to find some help there. You are on the right track, the best way to find the work you are looking for is through personal contacts… < 7% of jobs are found through the internet adds.
DON’T GIVE UP TALIN , YOU ARE SO TALENTED, I AM SURE THE OPPORTUNITY WILL KNOCK YOUR DOOR, HAVE FAITH.
You can try a site like Textbroker. The site has hundreds of writing assignments daily. Deadlines vary from 1-5 days. They pay through PayPal. Earnings are small though. The site claims good writers can earn $1000/month, though I think you’d be working night and day to make that much. Be careful of sites promising “work at home”. Many are not legit. My suggestion is to get a “day job” in an office environment while continuing to blog. One of the benefits of working outside the home is using technology that would be expensive to buy. The experience you gain working with others will help your blogging and eventually lead to the right job for you. Times are hard for everyone these days, know that you’re not alone.
Another blogger told me of writing articles for Yahoo’s contributor network where you write articles on almost any subject and can also be paid for them, might be worth looking at as you are such a prolific blogger.
I have a Master’s degree in Media and Communications and it took me almost a year to find a job! I think what finally did it was that I changed my CV, and made it very “artistic.” If you like I can send it to you, just send me your email address 🙂
I hear you. I’ve been working at home for years and it’s not easy to find regular work. For blogging, check http://jobs.problogger.net. There are always jobs posted there and some may have social media thrown in the mix. Good luck!
Have you considered doing voluntary work for a while? That’s how I got into the teaching profession: I started helping in my son’s school listening to the children read and doing arts and crafts with them. I was then offered the opportunity to train as learning support assistant, employed by the same school, and eventually became a teacher in my own right, which I’ve been doing for 10 years now. Once people get to know you and realize what you have to offer and your potential, they might be more willing to offer you paid work. Try schools and colleges, perhaps helping young children with their IT or writing/spelling skills. It’s always worth a try.
Good luck. Let us know how you get on.
One thing no one has mentioned and I think it may be the most important factor of all: the quality of your writing has got to be grammatically correct. A professional writer doesn’t use run-on sentences. If you want to write professionally, Talin, take a very good look at how your writing compares to what you see on company blogs/websites. If it doesn’t compare well, work at making improving it. Aim high, but be realistic about your strengths and work to overcome the weaknesses.
I have turned my blog into a business. I left wordpress.com and went with wordpress.org. My domain name is now with Go Daddy and I get my hosting with Hostgator. Be careful if you sign up with Adsense. I was with them for only 10 days when they dropped me for “invaild activity”. Do you research in blogging for money before you make the switch. Check out this site. http://christianpf.com/ But know it will take time to build this into a profitable business. Praying for you.
I, too, have been looking for full-time work for a number of months now. My suggestions mirror what everyone else has been saying, but I’ll tell you how things are working for me.
Market yourself like crazy.
Change up your resume to add new skills.
Apply through temp agencies for work.
Use your social networking sites to do some work for you.
Put in your status updates what skill sets you have, ask friends to refer jobs to you.
Don’t be afraid to volunteer.
Did I mention network?
Apply to jobs, even if you think they’re below you.
Get on LinkedIn to see if you know people at the companies where you’ve applied.
Keep an Excel spreadsheet of the jobs you’ve applied to.
Never, ever give up!
Get some freelance work under your belt.
The nature of finding satisfying employment in this economy is networking. And definitely read “what color is your parachute?”, it’s immensely helpful to aid in figuring out the disconnect between how you’re looking for work and how the companies are looking to fill their opportunities.
Good luck! I’m 430 applications in, and I have to believe there are less in front of me than behind me. 🙂
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Good luck Talin, for sure soon you can find jobs that u are looking for…
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