Scenario 1: You've been job searching for months and every job you find requires 2-5 years of experience. You have ZERO years of experience or only internship experience.
You Decide: Pass on the job application. There's always next time.
Reality check: Apply anyway! Job experience requirements can look intimidating, but that doesn't mean you have to check every box. If you meet 60% of the requirements, apply!
Scenario 2: You're forwarded the perfect ID job from a friend. However, the job application requires a portfolio. You don't have one.
You Decide: Delete the job link. It's too much hassle to build a portfolio.
Reality Check: Build a small, 1-page portfolio using a drag-and-drop site like Wix or Weebly. Keep it simple. Create 3 small projects (video, infographic, job aid, etc.), post them on the portfolio, and apply for the job.
Scenario 3: A recruiter contacts you on LinkedIn for a short-term freelance position. You've never worked remotely and this would be your first ID job.
You Decide: Forget it. It's only temporary. You can't handle the extra pressure with your full-time job, kids, dogs, spouse, and book club.
Reality Check: Apply anyway. The recruiter contacted you! Take time to ask questions and determine the job expectations. Carve out time in your daily schedule to complete each task. It's 100x easier to get your second instructional design job with solid experience.
I'll be talking more about roadblocks and solutions in upcoming posts. If you're just starting out, stay tuned for more tips and recommendations for landing that first ID job, moving to a new ID job, or getting a coveted promotion.
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