Taking a path to writing as a student
Except you have some “long legs” or you have some money in the bank that you can use to establish yourself after school; it is best you start considering other steps to scale the hurdles presented by the Nigerian educational system.
You would become impatient overtime because that’s one of the abstract traits the system inculcates in you.
You will likely find it hard to learn a digital skill when you’re through with your degree or Masters because you already have hopes of landing white-collar jobs that aren’t accessible to the poor masses.
Now is the best time to learn a digital skill.
If you could be patient to study for 4 years and spend an additional year or 2 at home because of strike, I don’t see why you cannot dedicate 6 months to learn a life-changing skill.
See, if you’re a student, you could have used the last 6 months to learn a digital skill.
While at it, do not work with the mentality that you will be making money immediately.
Rather, learn the skills, so you can equip yourself with new knowledge.
Making money from any skill you learn may take some time.
You need to master the skill and the business side of it, so you can position yourself to be hired.
I have realized that some job pitches might not convert not because you’re not a good fit, but because of the way you presented it.
In the last couple of weeks, I have been going through some of the pitches I have sent out and found some “loopholes.”
“I am experienced in this…”
“I have been writing for this number of years…”
“I promise fast turnaround time for your project…”
As much as those matter, I think they shouldn’t be overly used.
There is also another statement that I have seen most of the time. The statement goes like this: “What’s the pay for this project…”
I think that the job pitch should be all about communicating value to the prospective client. The job description is also there to give you as much information as the client wants you to know about the job you’re applying for.
It would be a great idea to give the client some ideas on how to get the job done. Even if you’re not hired at the end of the day, you must have made a good impression, as the client can leverage the ideas you shared to fine-tune the project. So, the next time a new gig is available, you’ll likely be prioritized.
There may be no hard and fast rule to this, but here is what I think will help you when sending a pitch:
— Be brief with your introduction.
— Mention that you have read the job description, and you think you have what it takes to tackle the project.
— Make a list of the important steps you will take to get the job done.
— Chip in a couple of tips that the client might need to get the best out of the project.
— Ask the client some questions that’ll help you get more ideas on how to complete the project.
Have you applied for a job before and not hired at the end of the day?
Can you share your experiences? How did you feel about it?
Have you taken the time to go over your pitch to see if something is missing?