The Professional Blues
An open letter–
Since I graduated from Drake University this past May, I have sent resumes to God-knows-how-many potential employers and either receive one of two things: nothing or a politely worded rejection letter. (To those of you who write this form-style rejection letters, thank you, they’re generally very gentle in the letdown). Thus, I have become most…melancholy.
I just applied for a few jobs at Zenimax, the company that owns Bethesda (Oblivion, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, the upcoming Skyrim) in the hopes that maybe–just maybe–I can get my foot in the door as a professional. At the same time I am working towards my grad school requirements, but with this heat and the weirdness involving the comic and personal lives lately, I haven’t written nearly as much as I would have hoped.
I realized, however, that I turned in a semi-professional sounding resume. Really, I hate how boring it sounds. Most of my work experience stems from food service or my one-time stint as a pharmacy tech. I now work as a sales associate. All of my employment has been part-time (the pharmacy would nearly get me to full-time hours on some weeks, which was usually nice).
I feel like I’m caught in a perpetual Catch-22: You need a job to get experience but you need experience to get a job and you need a job to get experience…. (etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum).
I’ve sent copies of Ever Night script to them as well as my resume.
Things I did not include or mention on my resume:
- I am an avid gamer. I played the holy love out of World of Warcraft and actually miss it. Now that I have more time, I’ll probably play more again. Well…after I get further on my writing.
- I read voraciously. I didn’t always because I loved creating my own stories and I never ever wanted to sound ‘just like’ someone else. But I know how to make my writing blend with another’s when necessary.
- [This was on the resume] I have a B.A. in Writing with a Minor in Film Studies from Drake University. I also got a good portion of the English department to read this very webcomic–and some had never even heard of a webcomic before!
- I am passionate about what I do but caught in that awkward stage of life: mid-twenties. I’m going so many directions right now but I know five things for sure: I love to write and create, I will always continue to improve and learn until I die, imagination is the best tool I can wield, my family and friends have not always been supportive but I love them and cherish their very existence, and if you give me a chance…I could help make the worlds your games create shine even brighter.
So now I’m going to hashtag, tweet it at Zenimax/Bethesda, and hope to get some kind of answer. Or at least noticed.
I’m not giving up on the comic by any means. I still edit and revise and re-vision/revision my work. I still love writing; I’m still working and polishing to have my prose work published (when I’m ready). But I have bills to pay, things I’d like to do, and a desire to possess my own space again (with no ill intent meant towards my (generally) very loving and supportive parents).
Maybe I’ll point this out to Blizzard and a few others. Who knows? Maybe most people won’t notice—
But maybe, just maybe, someone will.
And on that, I can hang my hopes.