Monday, July 30, 2007

Cold Calling

Can there be anything more dreadful than sending out cold emails to find a job?

I hate doing them, but I'm trying to drum up more freelance business. So, I just sent out eight emails to university presses hoping they'll be astounded by my resume and hire me.

The worst part is trying to sound confident, yet somehow humble, professional, yet somehow personable. When all I really want to say is, "I'm good -- hire me."

I suppose I should be content, because the next step is probably even worse: asking people to provide references. "Don't you think I'm good? -- tell them too." Urk.


(un)relaxeddad said...

That's why I couldn't make freelance work happen for me - I'm just incapable of dealing with the frustration of chasing work - too lazy, too convinced no-one will ever hire me...I admire your fortitude!

Charlotte said...

Good luck. It's not easy, I know. I do think people are happy to be referees though. In my experience, they like to help out.