I got my first job on Elance! I had tried in the past, but never managed to make it happen. I was totally convinced that the only jobs which were awarded on Elance were for the cut-rate subcontractors who live in other countries, but I proved them wrong. The best part of this experience is that I can tell you WHY I got a job on Elance. Not only can I replicate the steps, but I can tell you how to make money.
I got serious.
Up until the beginning of the month, I wasn’t serious about getting the jobs. I would send half-assed proposals out to potential clients and I would be turned down. My profile and portfolio were sparse, and my overview was lacking what they needed. The day after I upped my game and decided to take the hunt seriously, I got a job paying my real rate.
Getting serious about the jobs is not about wearing a dour face. It’s not about taking each rejection as a brutal blow. It’s about doing what needs to be done and presenting an image to employers that you are trustworthy and capable of handling their assignments. I plan to leverage this single assignment to get many more.
Actions YOU can take to be serious about getting the job
1. Make the Decision
Making the decision to take it seriously is the first step for success in any endeavor. If you’re actually serious about getting the job, it’s going to take time and effort. It’s going to take revision upon revision of your resume, as well as a fervent dedication to hunt down your dreams, stab them, and drag them back to your lair. The decision to pursue a job is the first step..
Research allows you to develop strategies for success. There are tactics which you can use to make you more tempting to employers. Since Elance is a virtual platform, you need to present a aura of confidence and trustworthiness. Read five of the websites about getting the job, and stop there to avoid contradiction and confusion. You’re ready for the next step.
3. Give Them What They Want
Once you have discovered what is needed to get the job, it’s time to actually create the necessary materials. At Elance, there is an emphasis on portfolios and skillsets. Beef up those two things and make an excellent overview which portrays confidence in your abilities. Look at this process objectively: what would make you hire you?
Research is an essential part of getting the job. Take the time to find successful people within the field, study their path, and emulate them. Find the steps that would be best suited to you and follow through on doing them. If you know someone who is successful at the job that you’re wanting, dig deeply to find the steps which they took.
5. Put Your Heart Into It
People can tell whether you are paying something lip-service or putting your heart into it. They know whether you are presenting them with your first draft or your second, and they know what is ‘right’ for their qualifications. Since you have made the decision to get the job, make the decision to do it right. Polish your resume and your qualifications. Examine your portfolio. Pour your personality into it, and take it seriously.
Develop of peer group of people who are going through the same process of finding a job. Use the forums if you are trying to get a virtual job. Use networking groups if you are trying to get an offline job. You’ll find that the more you network, the more that people will open opportunities within your life. Take the time, and those contacts will repay you with more contacts as well as jobs.
Tell others about your job history. Reveal parts of yourself which are absolutely unique to you. Tell the story, and others will be attracted to you because you are showing that you are unique. There are many applicants for the position that you want. It’s in your hands to show your potential employer what makes you different from the rest.
Don’t throw your hat into every ring. Cater to the strengths that you have, and only apply for jobs which you can knock out of the park. If you find yourself wanting to get a job just for getting the job without regard to your personal strengths, you are setting yourself up for a disappointment. Look for the jobs that you can actually see yourself doing, ones for which a strategy immediately comes to mind.
Be honest with yourself and others about your capabilities. Lying about your experience or fluffing it up usually leads to disappointments. Overselling yourself is quickly detected during the course of doing the work, and you’re likely to lose a potential client and reference as a result. This is part of playing to your personal strengths.
When you decide to get a job, pour your heart into it and make that your job. Devote as much time, care, and attention as it takes to make it happen. When you do this, you will find that employers take you more seriously, and more opportunities will open.
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What are you doing to take your job search seriously? What tips and tricks do you have? Please leave a comment below.