One of the most frustrating things I faced after graduating college was finding a job in my field of study. I was not aware of the fluctuating job market, and I definitely wasn’t aware of the mindset surrounding a B.A. in English. The way it was explained to me: Undergrad, liberal art degrees aren’t practical.
I was so offended by that statement when I heard it, but I took it. It was a time where I had to take criticism. Well, that offense pushed me to look harder for a job in writing and editing. The harsh reality is searching for a job doesn’t pay the bills. So, I started freelance writing and editing.
The truth about freelancing is you only earn money according to the amount of work you can get. In the beginning, it’s not much. If you feel like it’s not worth it, don’t do it. There will be other opportunities. Be persistent. Research. Sign up to freelance job boards like Upwork and Fiverr. Increase freelance job search efficiency by combing through CareerBuilder, Indeed, and Monster. Remote and telecommute jobs keep you mobile while you search for a full-time job.
Last and certainly not least, don’t give up! I know it’s maddening. The process takes forever. Letters of denial and no response e-emails enrages you. Hold your composure. Arm it with all your skills, and fire it onto your insecurities.