Monday, January 23, 2017

The Joys of Job Hunting

(Edit: Getting some great suggestions and comments on my FB post about this! Thanks!)

I got knocked a little sideways this morning ... so I'm cheering myself up with a collection of pretty flower images from last summer!

As you know, since early December I've been looking for an office job. I have applied to several places so far.

99% of businesses don't bother to acknowledge receipt of your resume. It would be so nice to receive a "thanks for your application, we'll let you know if you make the cut" message. Ok I lie, ONE company emailed me back, out of ALL the applications submitted.

This morning, I was excited to receive a call from a company I applied to last week.

After chatting for some time, establishing that my experience would be a good fit for the position, the woman said something along the lines of "we're looking for longevity, we've had a few changes recently, and want someone who'll stick to the job for a while". What would you say to that?

What I said was that I couldn't guarantee anything. I explained that if I secured a job where I earned enough to purchase a house, I would be committed and therefore a good chance that I'd have the requisite stick-to-it-iveness. I also explained that, because we're currently renting, there's no guarantee that our landlord won't sell the place out from under us, which would mean that there's a good chance that we'd be forced to leave town because affordable longterm rental properties are very difficult to find.

That ended the conversation with me effectively struck off the list of people who even qualify for an interview, although she does "appreciate my honesty"!

This new thing called "alternative truth" doesn't fly with me, so I just have to hope that I don't get asked that question again!

Until next time!

PS: My testimonial drive is still under way - about a week left to get your Free Print!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Photos Forbidden!

Yes, my physio has told me that, unless I'm shooting from a tripod, taking photos for the next while is off the menu!

I literally took 6 frames the day after my last appointment. Six too many, apparently!

So, even though it's the Pemberton WinterFest pop-up event weekend, the first in a couple of years that isn't going to be rained out, I can't go and take photos of the action on the frozen One Mile Lake!

Very frustrating but, if it means that I can hit the ground running, so to speak, with my horse shows and pet shoots in the spring, then that's the way it is going to be!

Jay-Zee - he was my first client of 2016!
In the meantime, I continue to tweak my website and play on social media to raise awareness of the services I offer, and hopefully drum up some business. It would be great if my photography could become a living-wage generator.

On that note, I remind you that this month I'm conducting a testimonial drive! So if you've worked with me in the past, or even just ordered prints from an event I was shooting at, I'd love to receive a brief paragraph about what a positive experience it was! You know I'll make it worth your while - check it out!

See you next week!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Testimonial Request

As you know, I'm between jobs at the moment so, while I job-hunt, I'm trying to breathe a bit more life into my photography business - and I could really use your help!

If you have been a subject of my photography at any point in the past, I would be delighted if you would consider writing a testimonial about the experience. Just a paragraph - it can be as short, or as long, as you like!

Along with my everlasting gratitude, I am offering you an 9x12 (approx) print of the image of your choice*!

Here's more information about the offer:

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I'll be using the testimonials on my website, my social media outlets, and my blog.

Thank you very much!


*This can be an image from your photo shoot, or a photograph of you at an event I was working at - or any other image that doesn't have another identifiable person in it! TIA