I’m looking for a job. Know anyone I can talk to?
For a person like me, who has many interests and a broad range of skills, finding the right job is less about targeting one specific industry or job title, and more about meeting people who are doing interesting things—whether for a major tech company, a small agency, a college or university, or even a new startup.
Rather than write four different resumes, and practice four different pitches, I’ve decided to change strategies. I will have one resume, and one pitch, to represent the whole Zak Nelson: a creative, enterprising, and analytical professional with elite communication skills.
What am I looking for? I want to work for an organization that needs my skills and experience, and which values people, service, and innovation. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a contract or full-time position. Either way, my goal is a long-term professional relationship.
My experience—areas where I can claim expertise—is in the following:
- Higher education
- Fine Arts (I’m literally a master)
Here are some positions and job functions I’d be interested in:
- Lecturer/Instructor, English (composition and/or creative writing)
- Managing editor
- Copy editor
- Developmental editor
- Content manager
- Event planning
- Nonprofit outreach
- Strategic planning
- Market research
- Arts entrepreneurship
- Bookseller / book buyer
- Newsletter editor
- Illustrator / storyboarder
- Anything related to fiction, memoir, creative nonfiction, graphic novels, science fiction, or higher education
Now, I said above that I wouldn’t divide myself into separate pitches, but that’s not entirely true. Academia and the private sector require different approaches. So, okay, I have two aims. If you are an employer or recruiter and you hire me, I will bring ALL of myself to the position.
I’m going to continue to network and search for folks who are searching for me. Will you help me? If you or someone you know might be looking for me, please get in touch.
Thanks for reading!