I just found out I’m losing my night job in the middle of August. Yep. Kinda freaking out. While I’ve grown my freelance business in the past year or so, it still isn’t really paying all the bills and a full-time writing job eludes me.
With the latest development of no restaurant job, the question looms. Do I find another shitty restaurant job or do I hold out for a full time “straight job?”
Problem is, I’ve been looking for that “straight job” ever since moving to Oregon almost two years ago. I believe myself to be an attractive candidate - at least, I need to believe that. So why am I not seeing results when it comes to applying?
I found myself thinking that the old, sad, tired resume needed a major overhaul. Immediately, I looked to my friend Lis of ______smith fame. I’ve always loved her writing and her portfolio - and decided to somewhat steal (ok, totally steal) her format and make it work with my experience. Below is the work in progress result.
Thoughts, anyone from the deep interwebs?
Seejackwrite.tumblr.com @jackiev firstname.lastname@example.org XXXXXXXX, Eugene, OR 97405
Freelance Writing, Editing, Photography 2006–present
Copywriting and editing, proofreading, photos, and editorial/website writing for a number of clients and publications including: Isaac Jackson Law Office, Eugene, OR; Mikilas Fitness Solutions, Eugene, OR; Smith + Jones, Incline Village, NV; First Avenue Nightclub, Minneapolis, MN; Eugene Weekly, Eugene, OR; The Register Guard, Eugene, OR; Eugene Magazine, Eugene, OR; Culinate.com, Portland, OR; Poor Taste Magazine, Los Angeles, CA; OfAKind.com, New York, NY; Remedy Quarterly, New York, NY; The Local Dish, Medford, OR; BANG!, Eugene, OR; Tahoe Quarterly, Truckee, CA; Tahoe Traveler, Truckee, CA; Gayot.com, San Francisco, CA; Twin Cities Daily Planet, Minneapolis, MN; Uptown Neighborhood News, Minneapolis, MN; City Pages, Minneapolis, MN
Associate Editor, Moonshine Ink March 2009–November 2010
In my 20 issues with the monthly paper, I helped to increase page numbers, introduced new columns, and began the process of a website redesign. Planned and wrote for food, arts, entertainment, and news sections. Recruited and managed freelance writers and photographers. Wrote, edited, and posted web-exclusive articles to website. Created a biweekly email newsletter and grew it to over 800 subscribers.
Created and implemented award-winning media campaigns in both corporate and agency settings. Wrote, edited, and disseminated press releases, internal and external newsletters, executive bios, contributing articles, case studies, and annual reports. Managed annual budgets of up to $100,000.
Agency work: Wax Marketing, St Paul, MN; LaBreche, Minneapolis, MN; The Creative Group, Minneapolis; MN.
Clients include: The American Academy of Neurology, St. Paul, MN; 3M, St. Paul, MN; Digital River, Eden Prairie, MN; James J. Hill Reference Library, St. Paul, MN; Grant Thornton, Minneapolis, MN; Great Clips, Minneapolis, MN
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 2005
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, Communications