ThoughtsOnPaper Presents: Writers May Need a Day Job Too

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ThoughtsOnPaper Presents: Writers May Need a Day Job Too

It's another season of the fun-filled Wattpad Block Party - Winter Edition IV. Another huge 'THANK YOU' to KellyAnneBlount for organising and hosting this biannual event! This is my fifth time in a row to have the honours of participating in Wattpad's biggest party.

On this post, I will not be listing Writing Tips like I've done in The Wattpad Block Party - Summer Edition II and The Wattpad Block Party - Summer Edition III. Instead, I will be listing tips on job hunting. Yes, JOB HUNTING. Why is this relevant? Let's face it, most of us here are aspiring to be successful authors. When I say 'successful', I mean we can sustain ourselves financially by doing what we deeply passionate about–write and tell stories. That would be an absolute dream come true! Sorry to burst some writers' bubble, but unfortunately, it may take a while for us to reap the rewards of what we sow. In sadder cases, our passion for writing may not fully sustain our needs. Thus, we need to find other sources of income. We need a job that will pay the bills while we toil on that potential bestseller.

Some may be lucky to score a publishing deal that is paying the bills, but some successful authors do fall. A writer's job is just as vulnerable as any other jobs out there. Unless you've reached the same level of J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and other authors who are rolling in royalties, then you don't have to worry about having a job to fall back on. However, for those who are still working on reaching that level, whether you are already employed or not, this post is for you because we all need something to fall back on to meet our financial obligations.

The process of job searching has many elements. Each element can be overwhelming for those who are entering the workforce for the first time. I will try to keep it as simple as I can. Feel free to ask questions as you read along, and I'll try to answer them as soon as possible. Let's begin...

Have Short-Term Goals To Get You By

We may already know what our long-term goal is. Be that successful author, perhaps? Have a flourishing career in your field of study, maybe? Or, something else. Whatever it may be, there are steps and processes in place before they can be achieved. In the meantime, while your long-term goal is still out of reach, consider other opportunities, even though it may seem irrelevant to where you want to go. Remember, a job is a job. It pays the bills. You gain knowledge. It strengthens your network. You gain transferrable skills that you can apply on the next job. You are more marketable and attractive to a future potential employer while you are working.

 You are more marketable and attractive to a future potential employer while you are working

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Learn How To Write A Proper Curriculum Vitae, Resumé, and Cover Letter

There are many resources over the internet on how to write a Curriculum Vitae, Latin for 'course of life', a Resumé, and cover letter. DO NOT BE LAZY! Research on tips and formats, read samples. Take time to write all these documents properly. Yes, you need all three. An employer may not ask for both CV and resumé, but you will need to have them on file, and always have a cover letter.

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