I’m currently stuck in that old conundrum of need money to move to London, but need to move to London to get money. If you follow me on Twitter, then you may have seen desperate tweets of late as I struggle with this and, short of a miracle, I feel a little stumped. I have tried applying to various different jobs, both full-time in London and freelance (and continue to do so…) but I’m getting tired. And I’m not the only one.
The other day I read Olivia at The London Ladybird‘s rant about the lack of jobs in this journalism and PR industry. Bloggers and interns are often bemoaning the lack of jobs (and salaries!) in the writing and social media sector. And with very good reason. I applied for a job on LinkedIN the other day that 104 people had already applied for. The online job market at the moment is booming, which unfortunately means that people have more access to the jobs that you are applying for. And in this sector – online writing – OBVIOUSLY everybody is applying for the same jobs. Add to all of this two recessions and you can really begin to understand where I am coming from. My boyfriend Mark is in a similar position. He is currently exploring his options, considering entering financial trading and putting his years of professional poker playing to good use. There are many transferrable skills between the two careers.
All of this has led to me going back to the old adage “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” Why? because I have years of blogging and social media experience, a packed-full CV, a great degree from a great university and yet no real job prospects right now. Time to get networking! I am reaching out to everyone I know and have met along the way to ask if they have heard of anything coming up, on the grapevine. I want to get a position BEFORE it’s online. I don’t even want it to have the chance of getting online before I sign the contract. Good luck me.