One of the biggest struggles for someone starting out in life on their own is, well, how to do that. Getting a job often requires having experience but getting experience usually comes from having a job.
There are very few quality entry-level jobs out there for people with no experience to put on a resume; meaning no college education, no stellar extra-circulars, no uncle willing to hire you for a summer or two. Which is most people.
But that doesn’t mean people with no job experience don’t have experience to land a job.
That’s where a good resume writer can help. Everyone has experience that can be applied to a job. Everyone has talents and accomplishments. Everyone has done something they can boast they can do really well. It’s only a matter of drawing out those skills.
Because skills don’t always come with a paycheck. We do things every day that can translate into skills and experience to get a job. We do chores, we take care of our younger siblings, we achieve merit badges, we become the top scorer on our favorite game, we have hobbies that take patience. Many things we do on a daily basis (even if our family doesn’t agree with it or feel it’s a waste of time) have merit. It’s just a matter of discovering and valuing them.
The ironic part of having no experience because you can’t get a job to gain experience is only in the way you look at what “experience” means.
Every once in a while, like, on a daily basis, I’ll ruminate on why a thought popped into my head and where it may have come from. Then I’m compelled to look it up. The origins of these little morsels are usually amazing. And also usually lead me down a twisted rabbit-hole from which I eventually resurface wondering what the hell happened to my day.
For example, go look up the phrase, “rabbit-hole” and Lewis Caroll will render the rest of your day FUBAR’d. It’s probably why I’m broke but that’s neither here-nor-there. I do find comfort, however, in helping you mess up your day, too.
So, here’s a wonderful quatrain of a poem from where a well-known phrase originates. On this great website called, “The Wondering Minstrels” they do a beautiful analysis following the poem, too. I recommend it to everyone.
It’s been a long time since I’ve raised my head around here. A long time since I’ve gollumed into view from between dark places to appear on the “interwebs”. It’s only because I’ve been editing. Editing, not writing. And it’s writing that gets all the glory.
The biggest problem of marketing great editing is that I am expected to show them something to prove it.
That becomes difficult when the last thing any client wants is for me to use their rough drafts as examples.
“As you can see, the misuse of the word, ‘there’ was wrong 89% of the time in this unauthorized sharing of their manuscript with you. Proving that I’m not only a gossip but an unethical creep.”
Who would hire someone like that? When even the act of asking someone to edit your work is like opening your chest and baring your heart? No one. Because it takes immense courage to open that vulnerable place and let a stranger in without having to worry about becoming the bad example. So, when it comes to provable work-pieces, I’m not sharing sh*t.
I’m not, by any means, suggesting that sharing is common in this field. At all. I’m only explaining my lack of original content lately.
Because there just isn’t enough time to create something good when you’re helping someone else create perfection.
It’s because of my dedication to you, dear readers and clients, that I sacrifice…having more reads readers to not read…my…Hey! It makes sense in my head. You get the idea.
It all began when I decided that being the smartest, the funniest, always correct, the most meticulous and insightful editor, the most fascinating writer, and the most extremely creative book cover designer in the room wasn’t enough. I felt had to bless everyone by sharing my natural skills and talents so otherwise lacking in the world of commerce.
And I’m kidding. It’s true I have skills but I’m hardly the most of anything.
But being talented and humble is a benefit to anyone needing editing, book cover design, and/or writing services. Because I’m not happy until you’re happy. I’m not going to throw something out there with the complacent, self-satisfied contentment of someone inordinately proud of their own bull. I won’t stop until you get what you need. It’s all about you.
I’ll work my ass off for you…because your opinion of the results is better than mine. It just is.