Image thanks to emily
Beating the street in your best ‘hire me’ shoes, folder full of updated CV’s underarm, battling with a quickly waning confidence in your own ability (or even desire) to do another mundane retail job... sound familiar? Well, it’s pretty much my life at the moment. What’s more, when you stop fervently scanning shop windows for the elusive ‘Staff Wanted – Apply Within’ sign for just a moment, at this time of year, you’re very likely to notice a whole host of others in exactly the same boat, CV’s in tow. AKA: the competition.
Jobs are thin on the ground right now. The skills market seems more challenging than it’s ever been. And desperation is never a good look. But what if your biggest challenge is the fact that, actually, you don’t even want a job? You want to be doing your creative thing; your own hustle. I know that, more than anything, I want to be dedicating time to this blog and establishing myself as a fashion copywriter/freelance features writer. Uno problemo: I need to pay the rent.
I’m simultaneously working to get a bill-paying, regular bread-and-butter job, whilst working on my dream ‘jam’ job of being self-employed as a writer. And, right now, I’m doing a bad job of both, because neither is getting my full attention... I’m guessing there might just be many of you in the very same position.
So, how have you guys done it? What’s your personal experience with getting a job to get you by? How do you handle it when ‘the real world’ butts into your dream world? What words of wisdom can you pass on to me and others?
You tell me!