I’m trying out the whole artist entrepreneur thing right now, but I still sometimes look at job postings. Many of them seem to be seeking a certain type: Outgoing. Self-starter. Multi-tasker. Team Player. Works well in a high stress fast-paced environment. These terms lose meaning after a while.
To Whom It May Concern:
I am an introverted, highly sensitive intelligent woman seeking work that makes sense for this time in my life. I am looking for a job that will supplement my income as an artist and jeweler.
I am familiar with both Apple computers and PCs. I have experience with Microsoft Office and Salesforce. I am a fast typist. I put 50+ WPM on my resume, but the last typing test I took online registered me at 65 WPM. I have basic Photoshop and WordPress skills and want to learn more. As part of my art business, I am currently learning how to effectively use social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook, and I would like to use these developing skills in a work environment.
I do not believe that multi-tasking is an effective way to get things done. I can switch gears if need be but I cannot effectively do multiple things at once. I would rather be thorough than feel scattered. I see a lot of descriptions for jobs that include a “fast-paced” work environment, and I’d prefer a place where I can catch my breath and take breaks. This also would help me concentrate and finish projects more effectively.
While I enjoy helping people, I wouldn’t consider myself outgoing. I enjoy sharing my ideas and take time to think things through. I am detail-oriented, conscientious, and caring. While I have worked in nonprofits for years, I am open to other types of organizations as long as the environment supports its employees. I’d like to believe in the mission of the organization, too.
I am creative and artistic. I am an excellent writer and editor. My creativity also means that I enjoy tackling problems and creating new systems. Sometimes I think the phrase “out of the box” is over-used, but it does describe me – I don’t like thinking in one way, and often I seek unusual solutions.
I don’t want a job that asks me to pretend and be someone I’m not. The “fake it until you make it” philosophy doesn’t work for me. I certainly can rise to the occasion when needed, but I can’t do it all the time. I crave authenticity and honesty and would love to work with people who value these qualities as well. I am hard-working and dedicated when I believe in what I’m doing.
I love learning. I am curious, passionate, and an excellent student. Even if I don’t fit all your qualifications from the start, I thrive when challenged and learn quickly.
Thank you for your consideration.