So I have my Job Search To Do List. A basic plan of action. But there are also subcategories of things I know I specifically need to do.
Assessing and updating my skills is my biggest challenge. I suspect it will be for many women. But how much we need to do can be dependent upon how long we’ve been out. For me, 13 years has meant an unforeseen technological revolution. I am in a whole new world. And there is an awful lot to learn.
First, I know I need writing samples. Specifically, I need experience writing for the web. And I desperately need to learn digital media skills. These skills will significantly impact my resume and the kind of jobs I can look for. But how to learn these skills is the challenge.
And then, like those Windows 7 commercials where the light goes off, I got the idea to get some experience writing for the web by starting a blog. Yeah! Great idea! Write about trying to find a job, get writing experience, get a job. Perfect.
So…I bought this domain name. In April. I wrote a three-sentence post. And that was it.
I was totally intimidated by, well, by everything. I had hit a wall. And I needed help getting over it.
So I signed up for this blogging class with Mediabistro. Which is why I’m now pounding out these blog posts. And dutifully putting in links and photos, just like my blogging teacher Nadine Jolie asked me to do. But it’s still intimidating. This digital media stuff, it’s like learning a new language. No, that’s not a good analogy. I’m good at languages. It’s like math. I do not like math. But I can learn.
More on the blogging class another day.