So as a job hunter you should keep record of the jobs you apply for and all the demographics that go with it. I started hunting November 1, 2019 and have been keeping a log of all my contacts so here’s a peek at the types of jobs I’ve applied for and still have pending.
What is it I do, exactly? I write instructions anyone can follow for how to use software or follow an in house procedure. I can make software do things it might not have been originally intended to do as well via macros or other programming scripts.
And more specifically, what can I do to make or save money for a client? I save you time on training and wasted time not knowing exactly how to do something.
What is it that’s special or unique about me?
In other words, what combination of skills and experience do I have that would make you as an employer want to work with me?
I’m trying to build a list of target companies, how do I figure out what industry I’m after? I know my locations, I know my roles. I’m seriously not picky on industry except for government, oil & gas or health care are a big NO! Gov & health care is a been there, done that, have the scars. Oil & gas I see as killing the planet and don’t want to go there.
So what industry am I looking at?
I’m very interested in technical writing help documents for software… is that startups, information technology, or what would I look for?
I’m interested in using my Excel skills for data analysis but again what industry?
I could even use my website development skills in this somehow. What industry do I target there?
Could I combine the target jobs?
What would I look for? How would I find it?
Things I love:
These last few believe it or not I’ve already tried to make a living from and would dearly love to do so again but know that the market is too small and too specialized to make a good business for me.
For years I’ve tried to find ways to combine my skills I love with my hobbies and other things I love. At this point I can live with just using the skills I love most daily and keep the hobbies as hobbies! That said I still need ideas for industries… without that I’ll still have problems finding “Top 10 Companies in XYZ Industry to work for” even if they are in my location or offer remote jobs or relocation to Seattle I still have to find a way to build a list. I have two local, a remote and a Seattle company… I need more on my list!
I love to write instructions for software applications. I love to write tutorials that go through a process that makes a task easier or automates it. I also love learning new things in the process of writing about them!
Sewing & Pattern Drafting
I know this is technically a hobby but for a while I did make a little bit of money drafting patterns and writing books on the topic. It is a very technical subject surprisingly and especially when you try to explain how to do something step by step. Teaching it is even more of a challenge when you do it over a chat room and the only way to share images is via email. Ahhh teaching online in the days before YouTube or live streaming or teleconferencing... when it was all still the Jetsons and not real yet! Given the chance I'd still love to teach pattern drafting online only this time with more modern tools!
I enjoy setting up to do an event. A class to teach something, a gathering of friends or family or even as part of my job. Years ago I was an Events Coordinator and had a lot of fun setting up the advertising and marketing for various demonstrations of crafts, many of which I had never done. I coordinated week long summer camps for kid crafting as well. Event coordination is just like project management and I enjoy that as well. Keeping track of tasks and details is a big part of what keeps me motivated and happy.
Please keep in mind this was one of many drafts I did for the process but it serves well to show the level of detail I put into my writing. It is now an old procedure and has no HIPPA violations as Minnie Mouse, Mickey Mouse House and Acme are NOT real but were used frequently as test records in the database system. Please also note that DS3 is no longer used by the State of Alaska as well. Yes, it is very long (80 pages) but the final version was almost 200 pages and then it was discarded by management.
This is simply to demonstrate my writing.