6 Valuable Tips From My Mastermind Group That Led Me To My Dream Gig

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You’re hired!

This was the first line written by my employer.  I was so super excited to learn that finally, I got the job!

But that was getting ahead of my story…

I’ve been applying for gigs left and right since I had a goal:  To resign from my day job in 2013.

I spent the whole month of October applying for a job at Odesk, Elance, craigslist, onlinejobs. pH etc.  I immediately consumed the credits given to be able to apply for a job.

I applied for many gigs… and I got rejection slips.

I was rejected because my bid was too high or the gig was awarded to another applicant or I got no response.  This has been going on for 30 days, so you can just imagine the feeling.  After 2 weeks of rejection, I began to entertain doubts and started to ask myself if I am on the right track.

I pushed away self doubts and implemented the following new strategies:

  • Changed my positioning (from a Powerpoint expert to online team strategist),
  • Improved my cover letters (I made it more human and personal),
  • Improved my profile
  • Became selective of the gigs that I am applying for

Rejection notices continued.  Is it because of my age that I’m finding it hard to get a gig?  I took a break from the application process.  I was crushed!

Call it great timing that I had my one-on-one session with Jomar Hilario.  I am a member of his Inner Circle Mastermind.

I was at Rosewood at 9:00 AM and I was joined by Arnel Bolda, the winner of my FB contest.  (As part of the assignment, I ran a contest in Rafflecopter and the prize winner will join me on my one on one session)

From Jomar Hilario, I learned the following:

  • I have to be more specific in marketing my skills, I created different resumes highlighting specific and related skills (example:  website creation + content management)
  • I needed to stand out and go beyond just a PowerPoint expert.  I have many (and better) competitors in that area.
  • I have to reflect on my strengths and skills and market these.
  • I had to draw from my previous experiences.
  • More importantly, he advised me to apply directly to the book authors and internet marketers whom I admire.
thanks Rina for this nice picture!

thanks Rina for this nice picture!

 

 

From my mastermind friends, they reminded me that applying for a gig is just a numbers game.

Wise words from an expert VA in our group.  At that time, I have just sent 50++ applications.  One hundred is just an arbitrary number but it reminded me to practice patience.  In my desire to immediately land a gig and to be in control, I was putting too much pressure that I forgot to enjoy and trust the process.

It’s just like sales and real estate. Rejection is a part of the game.  When one says “No”, I say “Next!” Applying this in real estate, I needed to look at 100 properties, visit 20, to be able to buy 1 property.  This was an AHA moment for me.  Patience, Jones, patience.

Upon reaching home, I opened my laptop, went straight to Elance and started applying for gigs again.  I also sent an application letter to an internet marketer offering my services.

On the following day, I got the email:  You’re hired!

I started working with my new client on a part-time basis on November 1, 2012.

My statistics:  I applied for 85 gigs before I finally landed on my DREAM GIG!  I can tell you, it’s worth the wait!

Have a Positively Awesome Day,

JONES