I’ve been in publishing – in several capacities – since 1987. I started freelancing in 1993; I owned/operated an editorial staffing agency in New York City for 8 years, and now own/manage an SEO writing company. I point all of this out to highlight the fact that I’ve been on both sides of the hiring desk and have applied for – and recruited talent for -- hundreds of online writing jobs.
Following is some specific advice on what to do – and what not to do – when apply for writing jobs online.
1. Don't Ask for More Information Right Off the Bat: Why? Let me explain. Many who respond to jobs ask questions and it will disqualify you almost immediately because it means more work for the person who’s recruiting help. And, this is the last thing they want at this particular moment.
You see, online writing job ads (especially SEO writing jobs) get a lot – a lot! – of applicants. As they’re sorting through resumes, the very last thing the person recruiting wants – or needs – to do is answer questions from potential applicants.
The last thing the person who is looking for help wants to do is answer questions. There will be time to ask questions later in the recruiting process, so don’t make your first contact be one that requires more work for the person looking to hire. Just send them what they’ve asked for and if they respond back, then you can ask questions.
2. Don’t Mention That You Freelance “On the Side”: The reason you shouldn’t do this is because it makes the employer seeking help wonder if you’ll be able to meet their deadlines.
You don’t ever need to mention that freelancing is a “side gig” for you when applying for online writing jobs; that is, UNLESS the potential employer outright asks. And, 99.9 percent of them won’t.
All a potential employer cares about is if you have the skills to do the job and if you can meet their deadlines. These are the most important credentials employers seek when they place ads for online writing jobs.
3. Do Give Just the Facts Please: What I mean by this is, don’t send your life story in when applying for online writing jobs. A brief professional outline / resume is all that’s needed. This should include links to applicable SEO writing samples and other info on your freelance writing website – which you do have, right?
Every time I place online writing job ads, I invariably receive responses from freelancers that outline how much they love to write (this screams that you’re an amateur); how they wish they could do it full time (this clues me in that you freelance on the side); and how they want to learn SEO writing (this underscores that you’re not qualified).
Responses like this will get you sent to the slush pile almost every time.
Final Tip: Responding to Online Writing Job Ads
When employers place an ad for SEO writers, they rarely read through entire resumes. They scan the responses sent in, quickly looking to see if the candidates have the qualifications they’re looking for.
So just keep in mind, all most employers really want to know is if you have the skill set they’re looking for, if you can meet their deadline and if the rate they’re paying is enough for you. Any other info you send in when applying for SEO writing jobs is basically irrelevant.
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About the Author: Yuwanda Black heads New Media Words (NewMediaWords.biz), an SEO writing company, and is the author of several ebooks on SEO writing. Her firm also offers an online SEO copywriter training class, which teaches new SEO writers how to earn $50,000 to $75,000 per year – their first year – writing SEO copy.
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