Saturday, 28 October 2017

ARTICLE: 3 Steps to Get the Job You Want

And before you cry ‘clickbait!’, I’m being totally serious.

This was the game changer for me; so I’ll tell you what was the catalyst to finally getting me a great job after some really wretched luck in my career.

After having a fairly steady career path, I took a dip. A big ‘ol, really terrible dip. And I've only just recovered, so I'll share the process to repair with you

The way fix it will surprise you.

Is it a quick fix? No. I unfortunately found out the hard way that there are no quick fixes. It was a long, arduous process, but one that had to be started and continued to see any sort of traction. You might stumble here and there, but if you lay down a plan for yourself with realistic goals, you can make it!

Step 1: Keep doing stuff!

This is advice is aimed for creative types*, especially as many of us are taken for granted almost as if our job is not important. People want to pay us in ‘exposure’ or the bare minimum, and many think that’s ok, it’s not. You have to keep learning new skills, keep on doing projects whether you have a job or not, because that is your currency. You can TELL people that you can do things till you’re blue in the face, but if you actually have end-products to show, that is what shows what you can do, really. So keep on doing personal projects that teach you new skills and which will in turn…

Step 2: …Keep your portfolio fresh!

That’s right. If you are any type of creative whether it is in video and motion graphics, audio and sound, digital or traditional art and design, photography, even marketing, etc, your portfolio can be more important that your actual CV, in fact, it IS your CV most times. Dependant on your field of expertise, there are many websites that you can use as a portfolio without even owning your own personal website (which is recommended but not necessary; I myself have to still create one) Behance, 500px, CG Society, Artstation, Soundcloud, so many artists and creatives use these platforms to display their work and keep their audience growing and captivated by adding more amazing pieces of work to it, consistently. Heck, some artists are even moving away from traditional portfolio websites and making Instagram their main playing field, scoring thousands of hits and followers on their work, and many times, getting quite a bit of paying work from the exposure they generate themselves from displaying their work on IG.

 Step 3: Totally Revamp your CV

How about combining your portfolio/skills and making your CV a piece of functional art. Too many people’s CVs aren’t even read because they look so mundane, mediocre, or just plain bad. If you are a creative, make your CV a project and make it reflect what kind of works you’re good at, if you are not visually creative, get a professional to do it for you. There are many local services that offer such this service, including me!

This was the biggest change for me. After nearly 9 years of being a work professional, I decided to make my CV a personal art project, and I totally revamped it, built it over from the ground up! And it finally worked. I’m now working for a dynamic company that not only values me, but plays into all of my strengths and I get to do what I enjoy and get paid for it, and there is room for growth and even MORE learning!

What are you waiting for? Throw that old CV out, and get a fresh start!

If you want me to update your CV or create a totally new one for you, hit me up at spenelo@gmail.com.

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