We all want to be hired, but we also want the right job. Your job is to get the client to hire you to do work for them. You want to make sure the job is a good match for you and you are a good match for the client. There may be times you think you are right for a job with a client, but they don’t see it that way. But in the process, they may feel you are a good match for another project they have going on. If so, you still get a job.
I recently applied for a job and was invited to interview for the job. During the interview process we found out I wasn’t the right person for the job I applied for, but ended up getting another job because of the contact. The result of any contact you have is to get a job, whether it is the job you applied for, a better job for you, or even a referral.
If a contact doesn’t have a job for you, then try to get a referral so you can still work on getting work. Also, once you have started working for a client you want to see if they have work for you, especially if they are happy with the work you have provided for them. I was communicating with one of my clients today about a project I had worked on for him. He needed to change what I was working on. During the conversation I asked he let others know about what I was able to do when he ran into people who talked about needing a writer, proofreader and/or editor. I one time did get a job through oDesk because someone was happy with the work I did. This is one of the best ways to build your business.
I have also had clients continue to give me work because they liked what I did. Whether I did the complete job or they were in a pinch and needed help. They may also have me help them when other things come up.
You also need to keep applying for jobs. There may be times you won’t work as hard as other days to keep getting new work. The first example I shared with you in this article was because I was still applying for work. I was looking for more work to add to my workload. Come to find out, for the work I ended up getting, I can add to what I am able to do. If they like the batch I end up doing for them, there will be more work for me.
But most important when doing this, make sure you know your skills and are willing to do what they need. You don’t want to do something and then not be able to do to because you don’t have the skills, the time or the want to do it.
So keep going after work, it will make all the difference in your workload. Don’t wait until you don’t have any work to start looking.