They say it is mostly who you know that helps you get a job. That is how I got some of the best ones I have ever had. Certainly these are tough times and there actually has to be a job available for someone to help you get one. Right now it is especially hard to find higher level positions or jobs with higher salaries. And it seems as well that it is made even more difficult if you have lots of experience. Since the funding for my program was eliminated in state funding cuts last year I have learned this all the hard way. For years I was thrilled when I had new things to add to my resume. Now I have had to ‘dumb it down’ and still haven’t found anything.
The good news has been that while looking for work I finished my book. One of the better parts of doing that was joining a Writer’s Group, the Wordsmiths. I recommend a group to all of you who aspire to write and to improve your writing. Not every group may be the right fit for you but then try another. Mine challenged me to try out various voices and genres that I otherwise wouldn’t have. The group’s critiques have sharpened my skills and my writing has improved through holding myself accountable to the suggestions I made in the critiques I have given.
Now my group has had an unintended and unexpected additional benefit. Tomorrow I am going to have an interview for a staff writer’s position with the Associate Editor of a local county paper, who is also the leader of The Wordsmiths. He has shared with the group that jobs with newspapers are getting increasingly scarce. They just cut a full-time position when its occupant left. So he will have to sell his Publisher on re-creating this into a part-time job and giving it to me. But what a wonderful possibility!
Actually getting this job as a news writer is a little like writing my book….a dream I had so long ago, then abandoned for new directions. And here I am circling back again to a call I thought I had left behind. Best of all, this position would be a chance to help me hone my writing skills further and it might open other possibilities by giving me additional credibility with agents and publishers. Win, win!
So here’s hoping it happens! I believe I can write. I own a pair of glasses….perhaps all I’ll need are a cape and a handy phone booth.