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'Hustling to get freelance gigs'
'Hustling to get freelance gigs'
Heather O'Neill
Age: 38
Hometown: San Francisco
Job wanted: Writer/editor

I was laid off from a job as a copy editor at a major technology magazine in April 2008 and then from another job in November of 2008. I was really scared. I had student loans to pay, my boyfriend and I had just moved into a new apartment and I wasn't used to being unemployed.

I dove in [to the job search] like crazy. I was pretty convinced this wasn't going to be a long-term situation for me. But as it turned out, it's been nearly a two-year process. I have sent out hundreds of résumés and come close to landing a handful of jobs, but the other person was always hired. I am registered with every talent agency in the city, have a great résumé and references and am more than presentable in interviews.

I have sort of given up. Where I used to spend hours every day at the computer, searching, I don't do that anymore. I can't devote 4 hours a day to a job search. I'm not on unemployment anymore. I'm hustling to get freelance gigs. I have subsisted on freelance work for nearly two years. Still, in my heart of hearts, I would like to go back to work full time.

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