I'm applying for part-time work to supplement my income so I don't have to give up the dog-clients I have right now. If something doesn't shift soon, I may have to take a full time position somewhere to get caught up. But that would mean losing the clients I have now and starting all over again when I'm caught up [which is why I'm in this position now].
I'm responding to ads placed on this free online community bulletin board. I love this board. It's a great source of information. I've gotten a few past clients from here. It's reputable with a high-volume of traffic. But anyone can post anything at anytime.
The majority of job posts are one paragraph long with a brief description of the position and hourly wage. Many of them don't give a company name, the employer's name or their email address [there's often an anonymous "reply to" address through the bulletin board]. Most of these posts are freelancers looking for help, therefore their rate of pay is a fraction of what the position is worth.
I've been replying with basic information about myself, asking to hear more about the position, company and their needs. Because I don't know who I'm replying to, I don't feel comfortable forwarding a resume with all my personal and professional experience on it.
This morning I got this reply from one:
Can you put your resume in the body of the email? I can't open it.
He can't open it because I didn't send it. [Note: Resume is not even mentioned in his original post]
In the past, I've blindly sent resumes everywhere and anywhere. I'm discovering, I'm over-qualified for most of these "part-time" positions. But 9 out of 10 don't even respond. That leaves my information sitting somewhere in cyberspace.
Sure, I need the work but wherever I work, I have to want to be there. I'm stuck.
My question: What would you do?
Note: They now have my website information. For all I know, they're reading this entry. Frankly, my website and journal speak louder than any resume I could send them. I mean, you'd hire me, right?