Speaking of jobs

Hi everyone,

Did anyone have a blast on New Year’s Eve? My dog certainly did; he got to play with two other dogs and competed for the alpha position for ten hours straight.

The rest of us played Tenzi until my partner’s nephew and niece had to go to bed. While we were supposed to play more board games, we ended up napping and procrastinating. We blamed the food coma after eating beef roast for dinner. Apropos procrastination: Zooming and watching TV were all we did in the end.

And while others were drinking shots, I was recovering from my caffeine headache. It wasn’t the best time to browse for potential job posts on my phone, yet I still did it. I’ve sent out 18 applications since the 23rd. It’s nerve-racking if you ask me.

Beautiful snowy day in Calgary

It’s disheartening sometimes how past job positions often fail to define who you are. This is the main reason why I don’t stick around those for too long. However, you have to remain optimistic, build a strong work ethic and take away what you learn because those skills will be useful in the future. Call them transferable skills if you like.

2020 made me think hard and clear about what I wanted to do in 2021. No more joe jobs; no more soul-draining accounting or bookkeeping assistance work—although I’m grateful for learning the basics that I can use for my freelance work.

I find it funny how I went to university to study what I was passionate about while others would opt for economics, business, accounting, etc. They think about what’s profitable and essential, and it ultimately becomes their future field of work. Whether passion is involved, I don’t know. Can you tell me? Upon graduation, they’ll go straight to well-paid jobs with hardly any time for hobbies. I often find these people seeking a career change. Do you think it’s that hard to land a job that makes you happy?

I have written almost all my life, yet applying for freelance writer or full-time writer positions sees almost impossible. When employers ask me how many years of “writing” experience I have, I can never give them the real number. My previous job positions in warehouses, retail, hospitality, and tourism shoot through my head. Who hasn’t taken on jobs to get by and pay rent? Many writer friends who graduated with me worked bar jobs for the longest time. I couldn’t tell whether they enjoyed it.

It wasn’t until my last two positions as a versatile administrative assistant that I had a chance to prove my writing skills. Finally, I contributed to grant writing, content writing, website editing, social media marketing. But the part-time senior accountant kept poking me for assistance. My former boss hired professional writers, storytellers in his industry, paid them top dollars only to tell them he didn’t like their work.

That made me think about what it’s really like to be a professional business writer, or technical writer. Building a strong relationship with whomever you write for is essential.

However, I’m determined to write full-time from now. 2020 was a year of digital learning, and there’s more to come. I’ve improved my writing by miles, and I try to be better every day. Freelance writing positions are everywhere but it has to suit you, and you want to write for someone who is trustworthy. It’s hard work finding projects, gigs, and full-time work. Often you’re in doubt.

But my philosophy is: What else can you do if you don’t want to give up?

I hope this post has made you think. Believe in what defines you and pursue it.

I would love to read your comments.

All the best,

Paula

PS: It looks like my novel has reached all the winners by now. Again, I’m sorry for the delay. I look forward to your feedback. Many thanks to those that have left me reviews on Goodreads. I really appreciate it! ❤ 

PPS: My second novel is still in the works—a semi-autobiographical piece with no heart surgeries involved 😉 You can relax. If anyone thinks I should email an excerpt, please let me know 🙂

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