This post originally appeared as issue 178 of the Daily Job Hunt email. Sign up for kick-butt career hype in your inbox each morning.

Do I need my ducks in a row first?

No, you can get your ducks in a row at the same time your ducks are already moving.

Sure, maybe the ducks at least need to be facing the same direction first. But most people don’t have a problem with prep and planning, they have a problem with doing and finishing.

So on your job hunt, yes, be picky about which companies you apply to, but not too picky to just start applying to (or pitching) an imperfect opportunity.

Yes, be thoughtful in making a custom project for a company, like a sample FAQ page, but not so thoughtful that it takes weeks and weeks (here’s one I whipped up when I pitched Chili Technology).

Do things before you’re ready.

How I Launched My Career with a 365-Day Design Challenge

Tatiana launched a design career because she empowered herself to create every day for a year. Here’s her story in this 5 minute post, and below are highlights.

“I learned from the internet, and I have no traditional education, but I did a 365-day design challenge.”

“I know my story is not the most standard way of becoming an illustrator, and I never meant to become one. I didn’t think I was talented enough, and in truth, I accidentally became an illustrator because I did a 365-day illustration challenge instead of focusing on logos and branding. As a result, I built my portfolio and skillset in illustration, but I couldn’t be happier now. “

“So if you’re struggling with your start, keep going. Support other people in your field, learn from them, find what really ignites your passion, and work tirelessly to improve your craft. Work at it every day—you’ll have to make sacrifices, but it’s worth it. We all have bumpy, roller-coaster-rides through life, but we have to remember to keep going. Take care of yourself, never stop learning, and be kind to yourself—no one enters any industry a master. You’re going to do just fine.”

Quote of the Day

“The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.”
― Twyla Tharp