I’ve drawn things like this in the past, but I always love the red balloons in the blue sky with the perfect clouds.
Hello world, I haven’t written anything in quite a bit. So, to kick it off again, I’m going to address this—How do opportunities find you?
Easy, in an email.
Or, sometimes, because of an email I wrote.
Well, that’s not quite the whole story… However, you’ll be surprised that some of the greatest opportunities I seized were initiative on my part with a simple, sincere email. I previously wrote about Sincerity on the Job Hunt, so these things are very related in the case you are looking for a new gig.
This isn’t also to say I haven’t been turned down. I have, many times.
Writing a sincere email is like inception. Perhaps the opportunity isn’t there when you asked, but, suddenly you exist. Your eagerness exists. And you will show up in autocomplete.
An email is the perfect balance of professionalism and casualness. Not as scary as a cold call, but not as ignorable as a Twitter mention.
And, hey, you may cheat a little… You can reuse your emails, but always rewrite every word for each one that matters to you, even if you just retype the words again. This prevents embarrassing recruiter-esque templates.
So, write a sincere email. And press the send button.
All that apprehension you feel about firing it off is in your head.
Meta. Because I like writing meta notes. To my non-tech friends: This advice may mostly apply in tech… since we’re f*cking obsessed with our inboxes. Just Google ‘zero inbox’ and be amused perhaps.
Lovely watercolor wireframes done by Susan Lin.
Thanks Sticky Jots for the feature!
For fun, I made the ‘8 bit’ version of my avatar.
It’s up on twitter, and nowhere else to start. I used it on facebook and dribbble too, heh.
Subject to revert without notice, :)
#gif bysusanlin is a thing now