I am writing because I need some advice. As a freelance writer with her own business (set up very recently), I am always applying and bidding for work. At the moment, I am not getting responses back despite applying and for many of them. Furthermore, I have been checking and rechecking my applications for spelling mistakes and checking to make sure I am qualified for the job, I am still at a relative impasse.
I know the recession has made things difficult but this is getting a bit annoying now.
Any advice would be appreciated!
Miss Ngozi Nwabineli
The first thing to know is that people looking for writers online usually reply only to those they think they might hire. Not polite, but certainly the way it is.
Although spelling etc. are important, it’s more important that you demonstrate you can solve their problem. They need a particular kind of writer. If you can show you’re that kind of writer you’re much more likely to get a response.
Addressing their problem is more of an art than a science and lots of ads don’t give you a clue. You just have to do the best you can.
I see from your phone number and website that you’re in the UK. You don’t say if most of your applications for writing gigs are going there or if you’re also applying ’round the world. If you’re using my job postings most of those are in the U.S.
U.S. employers tend to be quite provincial. You’ll have to make it super easy for them to hire you and pay you – a paypal account is probably the best known method.
I’m glad you’ve got a website. That’s the first step. But it’s more about you than about how you can solve a problem for a prospective client. As you say there, first impressions do count, so put your willingness and ability to help right up front.
It’s not clear if there’s just one of you or more than one – either is fine, but make it clear. If you can write in French as well as English say so clearly – and if you offer translation, spell that out.
A degree in Law may mean you have the ability to make the law understandable to the lay person, or that you have the ability to make sure lawyers get the kind of writing they need. Or both – show us. Same thing for Business Administration. Use your writing skills to demonstrate why that should make me want to hire you.
Contact info should be on every page.
Look at your website as if you wanted to hire you as a writer – what would you want to see.
Look for writing work beyond the postings. Job Postings Here Are The Tip Of A Great Big Iceberg!
Hope this helps!
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