Wish me luck ...

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 23:57
mysteriousaliways: (Primeval - team)
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... I've applied for a job.

I have a feeling I might be ridiculously overqualified for it (I might know more if I ever get to an interview) but it sounds quite interesting, and although it's only 15 hours a week it would still be useful to have some money coming in.
Of course, having waxed lyrical in the covering letter about my excellent computer skills, I ended up having to send a follow-up email with the covering letter file attached, as for some reason the first email only had the CV file attached, although I'd attached them both. It was a computer glitch, honest, I do know how to use email!

Keep your fingers crossed for me please!

ION, in a nice bit of serendipity, I may have found a potential sales outlet for some of my jewellery. I was walking past an art gallery and art supplies shop in our local town, and decided to wander in and see if they had any useful supplies. The owner of the shop recognised me - he'd been an art tutor at the same place as I taught my bellydance evening classes, and we'd had to do the same teacher training course. We got to chatting about how horrendous the paperwork had been, and the nature of creativity, and what we were up to these days, and I mentioned that I had started making jewellery. Completely unprompted by me, he suggested I might want to sell some of my jewellery through his gallery, as he already stocks some jewellery by other local artists. I hadn't gone in there with the intention of looking to sell anything, so it was a bit of good fortune! Of course, it all depends on whether the stuff I make is suitable for his clientele (he liked the earrings I was wearing, which I'd made myself, although it wasn't an original design but a design from a tutorial which I did have permission to reproduce). He also gave me some very useful advice on pricing and dealing with supplying to retailers, and other places that might stock my stuff, so it was a very productive afternoon :). I'll have to get together some pieces to take round and show him, see what he thinks. Even if he doesn't end up selling any of my pieces, it was a very useful discussion. Things are looking promising.

Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:52 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bigtitch.livejournal.com
Good luck with the job and lots of good luck with the jewellery. That sounds like a great opportunity!

Date: Friday, 18 April 2014 20:36 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
There was no mention of salary in the job description, so I've no idea what sort of scale they're thinking of. Still, atm my personal income is zero, so anything would be an improvement!

It was entirely unexpected and welcome opportunity! Of course I went home and had a crisis of confidence in the middle of the night about my jewellery being too crap to sell, but in the light of day making saleable stuff seems a more realistic possibility :)

(And thanks for the good luck wishes!)
Edited Date: Friday, 18 April 2014 20:37 (UTC)

Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014 08:56 (UTC)
fififolle: (Banlieue13 - makingfriends)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
I hope you get the job!
And how nice of him to offer you so much advice and encouragement. :D

Date: Friday, 18 April 2014 20:39 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Thanks :)

And it was very nice of him to be so helpful. Just shows you how useful contacts can be, even without going out and consciously networking.

Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:28 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jaynedoll.livejournal.com
Good luck with the job + it's nice that guy was able to help you with advice about the jewellery. There's quite a few little art galleries + gift shops + stuff near where you are so hopefully you should be able to find some outlets.

Date: Friday, 18 April 2014 20:44 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Thanks :)

It was unexpectedly helpful of him - it hadn't even occurred to me to ask about selling opportunities! There are probably quite a few places I might consider approaching once I've built up some stock. It was quite a confidence-building conversation!

Date: Thursday, 17 April 2014 22:32 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reggietate.livejournal.com
Good luck! :-)

It's great about the jewellery, too.

Date: Friday, 18 April 2014 20:46 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
We'll see how it goes. It would be nice to earn some money again, I feel a bit guilty for living off my husband for so long!

It certainly gave me a lot to think about in terms of selling the jewellery - very encouraging!

Date: Friday, 18 April 2014 01:48 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cordeliadelayne.livejournal.com
I'll keep everything crossed for you!

Date: Friday, 18 April 2014 20:50 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Thank you!
It all seems to be happening this week :) Let's hope something positive comes out of it eventually.


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