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  1. Danz Holandez
    Oct 06 - 4:51 pm

    I like the part where one takes a step back and reassesses his or her next steps.

    While taking a break during a job search may seem counter-intuitive, it really does help after the fact. The focus you regain is amazing.

    Thanks for sharing this.

  2. Stanley Johnson
    Oct 11 - 12:04 am

    Interesting advice.
    Very similar to creative problem solving in that the harder you try the less likely you are to crack an idea.
    So you walk away, go grab a coffee, or maybe a beer, and when you’re least expecting it along comes an idea.
    Don’t know why this happens, it just does.

  3. Tim Van Martin
    Oct 22 - 12:33 pm

    Great advice indeed. I am in a similar position to Toby (although my creative career is still very much in it’s infancy). I too quit my job- my first junior role, as it was primarily involved with the creation of junk mail. Full of optimism I was confident that I would find something pretty soon that would be another rung up the creative industry ladder, however things haven’t quite turned out like that.

    Rather than slave away at my portfolio and job letters everyday I make sure I take I good chunk of time to exercise, do yoga, play guitar and importantly do some free-spirited illustrative work that one doesn’t often get to do. These little recreational time-out activities have really helped me stay focused and stay positive.

  4. Marian Makar
    Oct 27 - 5:39 pm

    Great advice and perfect timing too. Im new to Auckland and have been searching for the right position that fits my background and passion. At start I was full of optimism and hope but after 8 weeks of searching for the right role I am now disheartened. However, reading your blog really put things to perspective. I’m now taking a step back to regain the positive energy I dearly need. Thanks!

    • Carolyn Hyams
      Oct 27 - 5:49 pm

      What job are you looking for and can Firebrand help?

        May 29 - 10:23 pm

        i was browsing this site and i thought id try to ask how do i get office based work when i dont have the experience i do have excellent IT skills (word , Excel , etc . up to Christmas last year i was working for a manufacturing company but due to injuring my hand at work had to give up manufacturing on the advice of my specialist, so i have to look for work in another sector > i have adone a course on admin , where i worked in a virtual officw

  5. Sharon Green
    Oct 27 - 8:28 pm

    I came to London from Australia about 2 months ago and have been in search of a journalism/editorial role since the day I arrived. I came here in search of a valuable career jump, international experience and the chance to work in one of the world’s biggest media industries. There are plenty of jobs going around; I’ve applied for close to 100 already. And I’ve been getting responses to my CV, had numerous phone and face-to-face interviews but am failing to be selected for a role. I’m pleased to see that I am attracting the attention of employers with my qualifications and experience and most have passed on feedback that I interview well. But I’ve always just missed out, or been their 2nd choice, because they decided to give the role to someone with a little more experience or a little more ‘edge’. Eight weeks into the job hunt and unemployment is getting old. Up until this point I’ve been very positive and haven’t complained about a single knock back yet but I’m starting to lose hope.

    What I’d love to know is, what more can I be doing to either maximise my chances of landing a role or standing out at (and after) the interview? I welcome any tips.

    • Emma Barette
      Oct 28 - 5:54 am

      Hi Sharon

      Chin up, it’s a tough old market out there but your time will come. The advice I would normally offer to anyone in your circumstance would be:

      I would delve deeper with regards the feedback from the clients. It is human nature to not want to offend or upset and therefore we often receive stock replies rather than truly constructive feedback from interviewers.

      If you were to explain that all critique would be appreciated even more so if there is any negative and that you are just keen to improve on your technique or strengthen your folio.

      Ask a few more questions: By ‘interview well’, were there any aspects of the interview that you could improve upon, what would they like to have seen in your folio that would have made it more ‘edgy’, what have they felt in the past has made the difference with regards the candidates they employed?

      Also time to be selective. 100 jobs is a lot to apply for. Were all of those truly relevant to your experience? If your CV lands on someone’s desk too many times with regards a multitude of positions they begin to wonder whether you are a focussed professional or clutching at straws. It is better to only apply to those that you feel truly match your experience.

      Instead time to be proactive. Select the publications that you most want to work for and make sure the right person has the right work from you. Find the Editors details and send them either previous articles that fit to their content or better still produce something unique and innovative that will make them pick the phone up to you.

      AND don’t forget all those wonderful opportunities to write up to date articles online – get out and about in the best city in Europe, review bands, art exhibitions, plays, whatever takes your fancy and makes you relevant and ‘on the pulse’.

      Good luck and keep us all up to date


  6. Kenneth
    Feb 06 - 8:44 pm

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful post with us.

  7. John
    Mar 21 - 11:13 pm

    I’m pushing 6 months of job hunting now, now that’s disheartening! So many meetings starting with “we don’t have any work at the moment but you have a great CV”.

  8. Jennifer
    May 29 - 10:33 am

    Fantastic article Tim! Just the pick-me-up I needed. I am in Toby’s position of looking for the “right fit” job rather than lurching from one unhappy job to the next. It’s hard to keep the faith. However, I am really starting to look at what it is I want and rather than apply for all and sundry. So to keep positive, I’m doing creative things I like – my blog, playing my ukulele and doing some painting. Thanks for your pearls of wisdom

  9. francesco
    Jul 09 - 10:00 pm

    So this is all about Cinderella story ?

    One day, my job will come…


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