Back to the job search

By Katharine Swan On Tuesday, February 05, 2008 At 9:06 PM

My workload has dropped significantly in recent weeks, so I've had to start searching for jobs again.

For the first year or so of my freelance career, I searched for freelance work every day without fail. Then almost a year ago, I got to the point where I had so much work that I had no time to search for jobs. Between my regular clients, a handful or so of new clients who found me via my website, and the occasional job search, I was able to sustain my workload and my income over a period of more than 9 months.

Unfortunately, my workload has dried up a little lately: One of my regular clients no longer needs me, and another has gone MIA. So today I hit the job boards with the intention of once again making this a daily task.

I also decided to make some changes to my approach to searching for jobs. For one thing, I decided to revamp my cover letter — I had made some changes here and there since I started freelancing, but for all intents and purposes I was working off a two-year-old model.

I also decided to apply for fewer jobs, but to spend more time on each cover letter. I used to use copy and paste to (quickly) send my cover letter and resume to pretty much every freelance gig I could find. However, I have so much more experience now that I'm going to be a little choosier — and spend a little more time customizing my cover letters — than I used to.

My goal is to find a couple more regular clients, and maybe a few one-off jobs to jump start my workload in the meantime. Wish me luck!


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Anonymous Anonymous Says:  

Just wanted to say goodbye and wish you luck!!


Blogger Katharine Swan Says:  

Oh, no no no -- not a full-time job search -- freelance job search! I'm not going anywhere! :o)


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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