Why aren’t you getting hired for writing jobs?
This wonderful article, What You Don’t Get About the Job Search: The View From Employers – Derek Thompson – Business – The Atlantic, provides more than a few clues. I liked this one:
“I’m on the lookout for anything at all that shows you don’t take this seriously.”
Clients often hire me to develop their projects, so I get to hire writers. It’s a frustrating task: I’m always assessing the sub-text in our written and verbal communications, looking for the slightest hint that a writer’s not taking the project seriously. If I hire a writer and the project hits a wall and explodes, it reflects badly on me.
How to get hired
* Be enthusiastic. (Even if you’re not.) The more upbeat and alive you sound, the better. Without real motivation and inspiration in the beginning, the people hiring you know that you won’t last the distance. So be enthusiastic. If you’re not, fake it.
If you really want the writing job, SAY SO.
* Ask questions. Read the project description. Tailor your bio so that it relates directly to the writing job.
* Appearances count: an occasional typo is forgivable. Obvious spelling mistakes and poorly formatted communications are not.
By “poorly formatted”, I mean email messages without paragraphing and punctuation. I also mean overly-formatted email messages with weird fonts and clip art images. Stick to plain text with paragraphs and normal punctuation.
* Provide writing samples, but also explain how the examples are relevant. No one wants a long list of URLs, without curation. Relate everything you provide to the writing job for which you’re being considered.
* Respond! Watch your email whenever you apply for a writing job. Aim to respond within hours. Include your phone number in all your communications.
A fast response shows your enthusiasm — and that’s vital. If you’re hard to get hold of before you’re hired, you’ll be even harder to contact once the project’s underway, and this is a huge red flag.
Make yourself easy to hire for writing jobs — put yourself in your hirer’s shoes, and you’ll get hired. (Remember: enthusiasm counts.)
Writing jobs are everywhere. If you want to make $5 for writing 500 words, you can get these jobs all day long. No searching necessary. These gigs are plentiful because the Web’s built on words. If you can string a few words together, you can make money.
I’ve got nothing against these jobs. Sadly however, there are two major challenges with these kinds of gigs: you’ll burn out, and they’re a dead end…
You can write less than you’re writing now, and get paid much more. Get the dream writing jobs you want, at top rates.
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