That’s what I am thinking, as I sit here trying to rework my resume and figure it all out. By it I mean the big “IT”. A friend asked me today if I have ever had one of those days where I felt like I didn’t accomplish anything? I laughed and responded that I feel like I have had one of those LIVES.
You see, if you have been a regular reader, you know that in just a couple years I have lost my business, my condo, my dog, etc. I have taken quite the beating by the recession in the last couple years. This wasn’t just to my psyche, but also to my wallet. I think I have officially hit the poorest I have ever been. Not something that I want to put on my list of accomplishments. I know that my resume now is a hodge podge, it makes no sense without the story that I need to tell. Once I can get an interview, I’m usually quite good, but it’s getting in the door. In this job market especially, it’s impossible. I spent the last 9 months giving birth to what I thought was going to be a promised salaried professional position in my field, only to have it be stillborn a few weeks ago. Apparently, after 9 months of free full time labor, they are going a different direction. The reality, I think they want that showy degree’d Marketing Executive for their funding rounds and just didn’t have the balls to tell me that all along. So, I thought it was a good investment in myself and my future, that is why I invested my time and energy into it. That’s why I got a bit poorer, because there was a light through the tunnel. Turns out I was wrong. Now I am really in need of help.
I have the skills, the talent, the innovative way of thinking to do quite well, but it’s how I got HERE that is the confusing part. I didn’t do the typical college degree, know what I want from my life. I was an artist, I apprenticed. I’ve lived in 4 states before turning 30, 3 of which I moved myself to, always in search of growth and expansion. I founded and ran my own business for 4 years. To some this is a hiccup or a negative. Entrepreneurial spirit is a plus, actual entrepreneurs are not. So, I have realized that I need to bring in some big guns to rise to the top of the applicants pool. To stand out I need several things:
- I need to revamp a personal branded page and write the shit out of industry topics on there for ME and MY future, so that I have something solid to start showing.
- I need pro head shots… if I want to compete with professionals, I need to have some solid images that aren’t taken with my iPhone.
- I need to join some paid industry membership groups. There is insider info there that I am not getting.
- New branded cards to match new branded image.
- VITAL is the resume. I contacted a designer who specializes in infographic resumes. Telling a story. Capturing attention.
Many of you are in traditional career paths and you don’t understand why the hell I need THESE things. A traditional resume should be fine. Head shots? A branded page?! Social Media Marketing is a complex niche that is different in almost every way. WE are our own brand, and need to represent as such. We need to show innovative use of the tools we use, like infographics, analytics, twitter, google+, reddit. We have to push ourselves as we would push a client in a campaign. Sell it big and sell it fast. Engage. We only get on average 5 seconds looking at that cv/resume, so make it the best 5 seconds they have spent. You may still think it’s “poppycock”, but I know this niche and I belong here, I just can’t get in the door through the traditional job hunting actions.
So, this is all fine and good… but the issue with all of the above is cost. I think most teenagers have more cash than I do. I can’t keep falling in the same hole though. I need to jump to the next level and be recognized for my talents and I’m not getting there the traditional routes. When I started this post, I hadn’t planed to end it this way, but I am. I took a moment to go to ChipIn and create a page. I need help. The chipin page has a title about organics, ignore that. It’s linked in with a paypal which was a business account for an old business I was involved in. I can’t change it, but it isn’t a lure to trap you or get you to fund something else. It’s just PayPal and their lack of flexibility.
Again, I am humbly asking for help because I can’t do this alone. I deserve the career and the financial success that others around me have, I deserve all of that and more, and I need a little leg up to get my feet in the door. Please, instead of that extra beer, or afternoon latte, what do you say and you throw a blogger a little bit as a thank you for keeping you entertained all these years, and mostly, as a way of recognizing that sometimes we all just need a little help reaching our potential and that we deserve to be able to fully realize our goals, even if they require the assistance of others to get there.
Thank you everyone. Here is my chipin page .http://socialmediageek.chipin.com
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