As a teen, a freelance business where you’re your own boss and can do what you like is quite a smart idea. But the first fundamental problem is how to find the freelance work. It can be a struggle to freelance when you’re already working a job. The competition for good projects is growing as we speak, so you have to persuade your prospect that you should be the one he or she hires instead.
Success often depends on a widening of scope, multiple strategies and a real passion for getting out in the market and attracting interest. Here are few important steps that you should take to analyze and optimize your job search.
Create a Professional Resume
The first thing to do is to create a good professional résumé. This is your interface with the world of freelancing and it needs to be both concise and fully representative of your talents and abilities. In order to look professional make your CV a Google Doc, publish it and embed it in a webpage along with some Google Analytics code. This way you can see who has been viewing it, as well as all the other fun stats included in Google Analytics such as time on page and location.
Stake Your Hunting Ground
Every good hunter knows where the best hunting ground is. Locate groups that are already discussing the career topics you are interested in and you may find a group that can help answer your questions. This step may also mean asking other freelancers in your field where they find jobs and using Google to find postings sites (or lists of such sites).
Use Social Media
How do you want to be perceived by others who view your profile information online? Consider this from the employer’s perspective and keep everything professional across the board. Set some ground rules for yourself before you begin to develop your online presence. Social media networks provide a great help in terms of joining communities, building relationships, and marketing your skills and experience. LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ are just a few of the available platforms you should consider.
Review, Revise, and Repeat
Now that you’ve gone through and tracked all of the jobs you’ve applied to, you can go through and start analyzing your job search data. Probably best to do this monthly, but you can also go for a bi-weekly review cycle if you’re on a tight deadline for your next job.