It's not that simple. Especially if you live in an area where corporate jobs are the usual way to go. But don't be discouraged. This post is supposed to encourage you, I promise!
let's talk about your resume
Now I am no career-expert, considering that I'm also a creative currently expanding my brand, as well as, job searching. But I have been on many interviews and learned that as a creative you should have two different resumes.
Of course, we have all heard the tip of catering your resume for each job opening, but if you are a creative, I'd take it a step further and just have two different resumes. For me personally, I have my creative resume, and my standard. Depending on the position, I'll submit either or.
So what's on my creative resume? Of course, all of my creative experience. Since I am a writer with design credentials, I include skill sets of both. Such as, being fluent in copyediting/proofreading, proficient in InDesign, etc. Under my work experience I list all my past writing, or marketing positions, as well as any current/past freelance writing gigs I have, or have had. I also took the extra time to design my creative resume in InDesign. I mean, I am a creative, right? I wanted to make sure that whoever is looking at my resume would for sure know that. But I made sure that it didn't look too busy to where it overshadows the actual content of my resume. I'll be doing a follow up post with examples of my resume, so don't worry! ;)
On the other hand, my standard resume has my work experience post-college. Whether it is creative, or not. Depending on the position, I make sure to include relevant skill sets. This resume was also designed in InDesign (still had to show a little bit of my personality), but a more toned down design. Like I said, we'll get into this a little deeper in an upcoming post about resumes!
not everyone will understand your job search
Throughout your job search, you'll constantly hear more "reasonable" spectators ask you, "Well why won't you apply here, or there?" And usually the places of employment they recommend have nothing to do with your degree, or career goal. And it's okay that people want to help you, but it can get annoying when hearing it consistently.
Also, even when you are employed, but still trying to side hustle in your creative field due to your main source of income having nothing to do with what you ultimately wish to pursue (like me), people will be confused. Many will wonder why you're doing all this work, or why can't you simply find a full time job in that field instead of doing it on the side, but it's not that simple. And you know that, and can try explaining, but don't be discouraged if they do not understand.
Hype yourself up, sometimes you really are that dope!
Don't second guess your abilities
This tip is easier said than done. I am constantly second-guessing myself even before I put in a application to a potential employer. I'm constantly thinking I'm under-qualified, or asking myself, Why would they hire me? But now more than ever, I've been challenging that question by asking myself instead, Why wouldn't they hire me? Hype yourself up, sometimes you really are that dope!
try to remain positive and grateful
Whether you're unemployed or are working a 9 to 5 that can be dreadful, like me, try to remain positive. Be grateful for your talents, and where you're at right now, and don't give up. Your blessings will come, and your consistency will help get you there!