I have freelance writing experience. How do I make myself stand out for a writing job?
I have written for local community newspapers in the past. I recently started writing articles again for another magazine. I have a 'online' presence on social media. I regularly blog and use LinkedIn.
What areas do you have experience with? Financial, children, healthcare? Sorry, I answer with another question, but I am looking for a good article and blog writer.
Different working platforms for freelancers are your everything, try Indeed, Upwork, Freelancer, Fiverr, etc. You can add your blog to your portfolio, it will be a huge "plus" for you and can distinguish your profile from others. I always envied people with a writing talent, I can't even define a topic for an informative essay. For example, https://craftessaywriting.com/informative-essay-topics/. You're lucky and can work remotely from everywhere!
Things became easier with the Internet, you have a blog - that is great! Try to develop it, gain readers, attract visitors, etc. LinkedIn has huge potential for beginning writers, too. I wouldn't forget developing a LinkedIn account and setting new professional connections. Another very important tip: online plagiarism. You should protect your written content from copycats, unfortunately, there are still a lot of unfaithful bloggers eager to steal someone's content, just choose a suitable plagiarism checker from here https://plagtools.com/. I also recommend checking your own work with these plagiarism detectors, it happens from time to time that your articles, essays, and posts look plagiarized (even when they really don't).
I recently read an article about this theme. There author answered on question about how does journalist find freelance jobs. http://goo.gl/8bTo6L
I hope that it will useful for you.
Best of luck!
LinkedIn is a great way to promote yourself and really promote your skills. Is your LinkedIn profile filled out thoroughly and detailed? It is important to make sure it is detailed and really describes your abilities. Be sure to add links to a good amount of your previous work.
As someone who has hired, edited and worked as a freelancer, here are a few quick tips:
Develop an expertise (or two or three) and go after appropriate publications.
Do not turn in ratty copy -- this will likely end your relationship with a quality publication. Get as close to perfect as you can. Have others read your story before you submit it.
Be available anytime, anywhere, to confer with editors.
Write. Make it a daily ritual, a habit not just based on actual work. Breath and live writing to create a style that shines through your work.
Publish online. So many writers do not share their writing. insanity. This is the only way to build authority on specific topics, show off your skills and style AND to be fond online.
WRITE. WRITE. WRITE. - About what you're passionate about, what you're interested in....those will get you writing gigs you will be fired up to share.
Simple as that.
Run a "daily deals" type of promo to get people interested in giving you a go for a super cheap price - put it out on linked in, blog it, JV with others who have bigger database lists and make it limited.
The first 37 biz owners/networkers/speakers/coaches etc to give 5 reasons why writing is so difficult for them will receive a _______________ normally valued at $97.00 for just $27.00.
Quickly get's you what their pain is and how to address it in your ads/promos, gives you a big list who want what you do and after the first 37 - give everyone a buy one get one free coupon that is good till end of april or may 2014 which pushes them to use you.
if you're really good give a money back guarantee. Good luck.
It's great that you are on Linkedin. I tell my Marketing and Advertising clients/classes/partners plus this week I gave a Marketing presentation at Southwestern School of Law how powerful Linkedin has become especially for HR purposes. Now specifically for you.... I would suggest ways to differentiate. Are you talking ...writing for publications---editorial, advertorial or advertising. Do you have an art director partner? It's really also about networking. And increasing your awareness to gauge their interest >desire > action. Land some projects first. They become bigger assignments later. Hope that helps.
The talent to write is unique and a very valuable skill. I visited your blog… nicely done!
Words are powerful and they get people to take action or not. In this case, you are trying to get your prospective employer to take action to notice you and hire you. My recommendation would be:
Let others tell your story. What I mean by that is use testimonials. Having others write a brief compliment or recommendation about you're writing style or work and post it on your blog and LinkedIn sites (as well as any other social media channel you have) will provide proof of your abilities. If you are already doing this, great!
Additionally, I would recommend focusing on a specific industry, and/or writing style - travel writing, or sports or news etc. This will help to position you're writing 'brand' in an area to build your expertise and gain you credibility. Being a specialist might be more powerful than being a generalist.
Hope this helps and wishing you all the best. If I can help further in your career search, personal branding etc, please feel free to reach out to me offline.
Velma M. Knowles, MBA
Knowles Consulting Services, LLC
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