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Job Hunting Ain’t What It Used To Be — Part 4

May dawned, and with it, more job hunting. I’d gotten desperate and clicked on some Facebook and Linkedin ads. I also sent some other links to my son, who has been job hunting along with me. 

One recruitment site had me jump through all sorts of hoops. On the application, I was instructed to write “Apple Pie” to answer a question about attention to detail. Then I had to take a picture of my workstation and myself holding a sign. There was a short video component to be recorded via Zoom and some screenshots that needed to be jpg, not png. Then there was the interview. That was something else, let me tell you. 

This lovely lady asked me some questions about my experience, my morning routine (which at the time did not involve any work tasks), how to prepare the meal I eat most often (chicken milanesa with rice, beans, tortillas, and salsa that my sister-in-law made), and what color I was (I picked yellow, green, and purple). 

Although I felt good about the interview, I apparently did not answer something or other right because I received an email the next day to inform me they would not be “pushing on with my application.” 

The same day, I had another interview with a realtor in Illinois. This was actually the second interview for the position. The first was with a woman who explained the job (tracking down real estate leads) and asked me a bit about myself. I do have office experience. I know a bit about buying and selling as I both bought and sold a house in the U.S. I’m also fluent in Spanish (and a native English speaker) and met the requirement of living in Mexico. However, the pay was abysmal, and I think the young lady was embarrassed when she told me that I would be earning $100 pesos an hour ($4.94 USD). Well, beggars can’t be choosers, and I went ahead with the second interview. That interview didn’t have as good of feel to it, and I wasn’t surprised to receive the rejection email.   

I guess I don’t interview well. I’m an introvert, believe it or not. And these video interviews are extraordinarily challenging for me. Yes, I know I’ve been teaching online for the past couple of years, but when I’m teaching, I move to that flow state and am no longer bothered by being on screen. Of course, I must not have gotten to that state during those demo classes I failed last month because I was also REJECTED for that position.  

Even though I don’t seem to be alone in this struggle to find online work, I’m not really into this misery loves company mindset. (Study Shows That 47% Of Frustrated Job Seekers Searching Outside Their Field)(Why everybody’s hiring but nobody’s getting hired) Once more, into the fray….


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Book Launch and Advertising Learning Curve

So this week the ebook version of A Woman’s Guide to Making a Living in Rural Mexico: How to Find A Job and Create the Life You Want will be delivered via international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet for those that pre-ordered it. Meanwhile, the paperback version is already available. I’ve ordered my author copy and Amazon says it will be here next week. SQUEAL!

Meanwhile, the ARC reviews are starting to trickle in from those women who scored a pre-release copy. Here’s one from Goodreads:

So often women who live in rural Mexico are completely left out of all or not acknowledged to exist in any information you might find online or in facebook groups. This book remedies that! It was very practical and not at all “misty eyed”, but very realistic yet hopeful. It addresses the unique challenges foreigner women who live in rural Mexico face, like bad internet, and acknowledges that often they might be the main source of income for their Mexican family. Great book! 

I even briefly held the coveted position of #1 New Release in Mexican Travel until being knocked down a few notches by more recently published books. There’s a lot of competition on Amazon!

Since this is the sixth book in the series A Woman’s Survival Guide to Living in Mexico, I thought I’d try a little advertising this month. Let me tell you, it’s a nerve wracking experience! I completed a course on Kindlepreneur about Amazon Ads and went ahead and made a project targeted ad for the month of July. That means that my book will appear as a recommendation when people are looking at other books that are chart-toppers in Mexican Travel. 

I am currently doing an Amazon Ad challenge and so have added a second live ad for the book, this time targeting the category of Mexican Travel rather than individual books. I know, my book is meant for women living in Mexico, not just traveling through, but there isn’t a category for that. Sigh. Maybe someday.

I also thought I’d take a stab at Facebook Ads while I was feeling frisky (or risky). That was a complicated process. Facebook allowed me to target Female Expats Living in Mexico specifically, which means more of my target audience will see my ad in their feed. I know that not every woman living in Mexico needs my particular sort of book, but there’s a better chance that women who do will see it this way. If you’ve seen the ad, I’d love to hear about it!

Being pragmatic, I don’t expect to become rich and famous any time soon, even with a bit of paid advertising. There’s quite a learning curve to book marketing after all. So after I’ve worked a bit more on this aspect, I’m aiming to get back to writing the next book which I hope to have out by the end of the year. Maybe I’ll even do some Christmas ads–whoot! The sky’s the limit! At least today! We’ll see how I feel when it comes time to pay for the ads.

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A Woman’s Guide to Making a Living in Rural Mexico: How to Find A Job and Create the Life You Want

If you remember, approximately 40 days ago, give or take a few days, I signed up for Leonie Dawson’s course 40 Days to a Finished Book. Well, guess what? I finished a book!

I’m pleased to announce that A Woman’s Guide to Making a Living in Rural Mexico: How to Find A Job and Create the Life You Want is available for preorder on Amazon! From now until July 14, it is available for $2.99 pre-order. Amazon has mixed things up and you need to click on the “Other sellers & formats” in order to see the sale price. Once you click there, you’ll see “New from $2.99.” Your ebook will be automatically delivered to your Kindle on July 14, after which the price will go up.    

The reviews from those lucky ladies who received an advanced review copy are better than I could have dreamed of. 

“This is like a primer on Mexico!! It’s a ONE stop guide to being successful/surviving Mexico. It’s an entire course. School is in session!” From Roxana Bangura of the Bangura Institute.

“I haven’t finished yet but so far, I LOVE IT!!! I’m learning some things I didn’t know. I’ve been taking notes.” from Margret Ruiz of Margret Ruiz Photography.

If you weren’t already aware, A Woman’s Guide to Making a Living in Rural Mexico: How to Find A Job and Create the Life You Want is the sixth book in the series A Woman’s Survival Guide to Living in Mexico. I have at least two more books planned in the series.   

As you can see from the latest book, my mission continues to be to provide valuable information to women who have moved to Mexico so that they can create a fulfilling life despite the obstacles. So here’s my call to action for you! I’m positive that there is at least one book in this series that would benefit you personally, or a woman you love. If you would share this post (or a direct link to the series) on your social media networks, I would be exceedingly grateful (as will the women who benefit from my humble writing efforts).

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