With my Brownes Dairy blogger interview looming, I’m needing to produce a bio in under 100 words. I’m struggling to say the least and wondering if I’m too old and set in my sixteen years of working for myself ways for this interview shenanigans.
Like most people, I’m completely hopeless when it comes to selling myself and I think I have a huge case of blogger diarrhea which means keeping to the 100 word limit could be mission impossible.
This week, I’m looking for a support group and trying to remind myself of my point of difference. Where there is a will there is a way. Right?!
I must confess, having scored an interview after my audition for the Brownes Blogger gig (blogged here), I’m feeling slightly nervous and a tad out of my league.
My last job interview was twenty years ago, back in the day when power suits with massive shoulder pads were more of a fashion statement than anything else. In the scheme of things the big shoulders evened out the big hair, oh how I miss the bigger than big hair.
When I think about the interview, I think about my last ‘official’ full time job in the corporate world. Being made redundant when the company was acquisitioned while I was on maternity leave with my eldest (16 years ago), was a blessing in disguise. It was the perfect excuse to go on to have three girls under three and wear the SAHM (Stay at Home Mum) tag with pride but as much as I loved the role I needed more.
Constantly relocating with Mr C’s work and having three girls close in age, meant my career took a bit of a back seat. Not being near family and not wanting girls in full-time care when they were little but still needing something more to keep me sane, meant I took work where and when I could find it.
Initially, this was an online consignment business back before Ebay, where I would sell baby and maternity gear online (via SOLD.COM) for family and friends. This was eventually bought out and shut down when Ebay came to town two years later. There was also the occasional temp agency work. Eventually, it was more virtual assistant style work from home, that fitted in around the family and could move when we did, which was often. Too often.
With our move to Perth in 2009 and Mr C’s job finally going permanent last year, I finally have some freedom to decide what I want to be when I grow up. It’s only taken me 44 years and I’m very close to calling myself a full-time blogger.
I don’t necessarily see myself making a full-time living here on Agent Mystery Case by sponsoring the blog to within an inch of its life, and risk everyone tuning out but I would like to explore options for running social media and blogging campaigns for small business and brands on their platforms. A lot like the Brownes Dairy blogger gig. Which I guess is a huge reason why I auditioned in the first place.
Having dipped my toes in the social media waters thanks to this blog (originally Ms Mystery Case) in late 2012, I have my sights set on revisiting my Virtual Assistant business but with more of a local element that is dedicated to helping small business and brands achieve their blogging and social media goals.
Having said all that, I came up with the following (in under 100 words!):
Raychael is a proud wife and mother to three gorgeous girls and one successful blog (Mystery Case). After 22 moves following her husband’s career around the country, Raychael is excited to finally have a place (Perth) to call home.
On a mission to decide what she wants to be when she grows up (which is 44 according to Raychael) and having fallen down the blogging rabbit hole in late 2012, Raychael has her sights set on helping small business with their blogging goals through her Virtual Assistant business.
Far too bland for my liking and possibly more attuned for the bio on my Virtual Assistant business page (coming soon). So it’s back to the drawing board in order to meet tomorrow’s deadline. Then I really need to decide if I bother putting a CV or media kit together. Shock horror I don’t have either. I’m more of a pitch an idea and
run with it quote kind of girl.
My last CV was twenty years ago. My studies and qualifications, are over twenty years old and completely unimpressive in relation to this gig. As this is only a part-time six month blogging position, I’m not convinced a CV is required or if I could produce one that would seal the deal without a bit of fudging and I have no plans for any of that!
As it’s my personal brand not the blog that I’m selling here, I’m not sure a blog media kit would be appropriate either? Decisions.
The ideas I’ve come up with for a six month campaign would knock their blogging socks off but I’m not wanting to hand over those goodies until I have the position.
Right now, I find myself wishing this was an Australian Idol audition and I could just turn up and sing, sing, sing really badly and only stop when the position is mine…. Do you wanna build a
So how the blogging heck do I sell myself in 100 words or less? Could you sell yourself in 100 words? If I don’t put together a CV or Media Kit, what are my other options? Something virtual? Perhaps a running sheet of my blogging highlights and achievements. Remind me what they are again?
This supposed re-entering of the workforce is certainly keeping me on my toes this week. Did you have a lot of time off after having children or did you re-enter the workforce after being self-employed? What did you struggle with the most when going for interviews? Have you changed careers?