Hello to job seekers!
I've been searching for a job for the past 5 months. Sometimes seriously...other times not so seriously...lol. I get so engrossed in my henna or face painting, my job hunting takes back seat from time to time (okay...most of the time..lol)
Today, I am sharing what I've learned so far on my quest to find a job!
I was totally overwhelmed when it came to job hunting online.
So many websites and so many passwords and usernames to remember. Not to mention the time consuming part of uploading your resume and then again entering your work experience one employer at a time. The job title is not always the same, although the requirements could be similar. Sounds familiar?
I love lists. It makes things simpler and easy to follow. Here is my list for job hunting:
* First decide if you like to take notes on paper or save them on the computer. I like to note everything down on paper. Some people like to use Excel spreadsheet.
* Google 'job searching tools and websites'. Note them down, make a list.
* Google the position title, example: Logistics specialist. Note down variations in the title.
* Have your resume ready in MS Word or other software you would prefer.
* Prepare a general cover letter which can be easily and quickly edited as per the job you are applying for.
The above five points are the preparation part. Next are 'action' points! :)
* There are two ways - Google your desired job position or search it on each and every job searching websites. If you search jobs on the websites that you have already noted down, you can use 'advance search' option to select the latest job openings!
* Upload your resume on all the job searching websites. Note down the usernames and passwords.
* You will come across many staffing agencies while applying for job. Follow their procedure to register. Don't forget to note down the usernames and passwords!
Once you have done all the above, you are all set. Check the websites everyday. Decide a particular time for this. Make this your routine!
I like to keep a separate email account only for job hunting. This is listed on my resume as well as used to register on all the websites related to job search!
Hoping that this information would be useful for someone who is overwhelmed and confused (like me...lol) and help them see the path to their job search. It is not a smooth or a short path for sure! So keep your focus on your goal of finding a job.
Face Painting at Walk 4 Hearing
It does not help an Artist being new to a town. It gets worse when there are no signs pointing you toward the destination! GPS can only help you so far. Yes, I almost missed the Walk 4 Hearing Festival.
By the time it was 8:50am I was still nowhere near the event. I had been searching for the past 20 minutes now. Finally, I saw a parking lot buzzing with activity.....and there they were!
Note to self: Always have the cell phone number of your Contact.
My face painting set-up is a breeze! Its so handy under such conditions! Within a few minutes I was ready to paint!
I mostly painted butterflies and Spidermans. Few abstract designs as well. Then, I got to paint two lovely girls pictured above! The one on the right wanted something different than her friend. I am all for 'customizing'!
How I miss doing Festivals and Fairs! They are always so much fun! Walk4Hearing was a tiny 2 hour event. Looking forward to bigger events that are coming up in June!
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My Oil Painting - Nic Hankins class of Bob Ross Techniques
Isn't this painting amazing...if I may say so myself..lol! It was painted be me using Bob Ross techniques under the guidance of a very talented Instructor, Nicolas Hankins.
This is a shout-out for Nic Hankins. He is an amazing artist and an incredibly patient teacher. If you ever come across his classes, GRAB the opportunity! Check out the workshops at his website here
My class was from 9 to 5 including a lunch hour at 12. We were given all the supplies including the paints and canvas. Nic explained and demonstrated every step and it was such a wonderful experience to watch the painting develop.
For those interested, I have pictures of the painting below at various stages.
Here is hoping to take another class and work on a Oil painting soon with Nic Hankins!
What a day Saturday was! Did 4 hours of non-stop face painting at the Kidz Expo. I probably painted around 100 kids during that time!
Keeping the options to just 4 designs each for girls & boys was the trick. The designs were super quick...but not quick enough for me to take any pictures...lol.
I painted for the awesome Pediatric Dentist Dr. Chad Eslinger. Here is their Facebook page link and check out their Website as well! They are a wonderful group of very talented dentists!
The before, on Friday, it was Spring Fling at my daughter's preschool. What fun was that! They had Astro Jump, various puzzles and games. They also had FACE PAINTING! And guess who did it....ME...lol!
I enjoyed painting all the little cutie pies and few grown=ups as well!! Go Primrose!!!
I have been thinking about putting my art on the website done on various materials. May be I'll make a blog about it, or make various blogs explaining the process.
In the meanwhile, enjoy the pictures taken at Primrose Spring Fling Carnival 2013!
Design by Christina Davison
I dropped off my daughter at her pre-school class and had opened the door that leads to the passage. A lady at the adjoining door asked me, "Are you Hennafy Me"?
It took me couple of seconds to register what she was saying.
Someone had actually recognized me by my business name!!
I was thrilled and it felt like I had accomplished a great achievement!
She mentioned the Masquerade face painting I did and how happy all the kids were!! ...that was the cherry on top!!
I love my work and I LOVE the feedback. It is words like these that keep you going when you are low!!
Trying to land more work. Have been making calls and visiting different people to spread the word.
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I am so excited!! I received in my mail, the two practice heads I had ordered last week!
My daughter has her on eye on them. I am PRETTY sure she will try to draw or paint on them...with permanent markers....lol!
She was so awesome when she tagged along at the last event...helping me in everyway a 5 yr old could!
Going through my expenses, I have already spent a massive amount on paints, products and advertising.
Now, it's time for pay back...lol!!
I have inquiries coming in from left and right. Do not wait if you have an event, party, or a fundraiser, corporate event!!
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Enjoy some of the Henna pictures below! Click on the picture to see more pictures on my facebook page.
As you age and as you realize your short comings, you learn. If you don't learn from your mistakes, there is no progress.
This is what I learned over the last 3 years and I hope my experiences help any beginners reading this blog!
Once I knew for sure that we were going to move, I did the following three things:
1. Got in touch with any local or near -by artists from new town.
2. Looked up all the Events and Festivals and contacted the organizers.
3. Ordered postcards with promotional offers to be delivered in the area I am moving in.
So far, I have received a very positive response from being proactive!! I think is you are moving to a new place and are a artist, you need to do at least the above three things.
Ok, above part was only for my 'small business'. I have two more important issues to handle.
1. Get a decent job (logistics, Distribution center)
2. Arrange for necessary paperwork needed to back to school.
I wish I could work in my field (Architecture), but the construction industry has been down under for like....forever...UGH!!
Oh yes, in the meanwhile, I subscribed for a one-month of Fabatv.com. You get to watch world class Instructors teach classes. I have learned so much new stuff in just a few days....that I am bursting with ideas. Restless to try all the new techniques and designs.
Check out Fabatv.com!!
Tribal designs fascinate me! After watching an awesome class by Mark Reid, I did this doodle.....YAY!
This is Me and my daughter!
Usually I have a lot to say. Who does not want to talk about themselves, right? Not sure where to begin!
Well...my family is my biggest asset and my top most priority. Everything else comes second.
This is my 11th day in Chattanooga, TN and I am liking it already! I did my first gig on Saturday 2/9 for Junior League of Chattanooga, which was a fundraiser. See some of the pictures below. I enjoyed face painting all the little kiddos there! My daughter came with me and I am proud of her for being such a good helper!!
I accomplished quite a few milestones in the last few weeks. Let's talk about that in my next post! There are three things among many others that are on the top of my to-do list right now.
1. Job hunting
2. Get more information on going back to School...hopefully in Fall '13
3. Get gigs for my business
Did you notice this does not involve any housework or cooking? lol.
Yes, it's true. I do not like to cook or do housework. I am a really bad Homemaker...:(. I will paint, henna, work on drawings, browse facebook, watch nail-art videos for hours. BUT, I cannot spend more than 1/2 hour on household chores. I guess, I am just not wired for it!!!