I am just starting out on my journey as a writer. I have been a Virtual Assistant for about 7 years now working from my home office, but want to devote more time to writing. My problem is that I don’t have a resume for my writing, a VA resume – yes, but no writing resume. I have about 9 articles published through ezinearticles.com so I know I can write a mean article<grin>.
What do you suggest that I do about a resume, at least until I get at least one writing job.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
Kathy, I normally don’t publish real names, but your websites are a real demonstration of your writing ability and each one has your name on it. I think you’re selling yourself short.
Create a resume that lists each blog and it’s its purpose, then link to your best three posts on each. That will give you nine links on various topics. Do the same with the best three or four articles at ezinearticles.com.
State clearly at the top what kind of writing you want to do. Or create several resumes, one with SEO Writing, another with Financial Writing, etc. Make sure you’ve got them in forms you can send either as an attachment or in the body of an email. I send my resume in the body of the email unless the ad says to send an attachment.
Start querying print magazines. If you don’t own Writer’s Market, buy it today! Is there a trade magazine for Virtual Assistants? (By the way, if there isn’t a good blog for VAs that’s a niche that could probably earn some decent money.) A magazine dealing with spiritual matters might be interested in your piece on meditation. You’ll soon have some print credits and at least some small checks.
You might want to look at my resume, but don’t be discouraged – I’ve been doing this forever 😉
Here’s another question I asnwered on the same subject that may help: Writers Resume or Credit List
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