Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Increase your Chances of Getting the Job

When applying for any writing job, it's important to read the advertisement very carefully. If you don't, you might miss pertinent information about the position or application process.

Only apply to the jobs that you are qualified for. If the job lists very specific requirements that you do not possess, there's no sense in applying. Your application will be summarily rejected without another glance.

If, on the other hand, the job listing is vague about the specific requirements the client is looking for, there may be no harm in applying. If it's a subject you're interested or well-versed in, tailor your resume and writing samples to reflect that.

Unless the advertisement specifically requests your response be created to showcase your personality, treat the application as you would any application for an off-line job.

Personal details or an informal tone usually have no place in a job application. Ensure your response is professional while showing the client why you would be the perfect candidate for the position.

Most importantly, before you hint the send button PROOFREAD! When you're applying for a professional writing position, one of the worst things you can do is send that e-mail off without double checking your spelling and grammar.

While I can't guarantee you'll get the job by following these tips, I do know that these are requirements that simply must be met before you think about applying for a freelance writing position.

Do you have any helpful tips or information to increase a writer's chances of getting the job? Leave them in the comments!


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At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never could understand why people apply for writing gigs that they're very clearly not qualified for. When I was hiring writers that occasionally drove me nuts. It's not just writers though. I used to hire people to help out with fundraising campaigns for a non-profit I worked with (essentially telemarketing), and had the same problem.

I can understand the vague job posts leading to problems, but if someone says they only want native English speakers, don't apply if you're not one. If they say they want someone whose an RN to write about a health-related issue, don't apply if you're not one. It's not rocket science, is it?

At 12:49 AM, Blogger Denise said...


No, it's definitely NOT rocket science. The fact that you would even apply for a writing job you aren't qualified for essentially tells that employer you can't read :P


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