I got this question:
If someone wants to become a staff writer, does he have to have a bachelor’s degree in order to be considered? Or can you be a staff writer without a degree? Can previous work as a freelance writer get you the job?
The advantage of a staff job are obvious – a predictable salary, maybe some benefits and the opportunity to write and be published.
The disadvantages are also obvious. I’m prejudiced in favor of working from home, but I too have been tempted from time-to-time by staff jobs.
And there are staff jobs out there for writers. There are even a few staff writing jobs that let you work mostly or completely from your home office. A search on Google can help you find what you’re looking for. So can your network of friends.
As with all employment, the requirements for a staff writing job will vary. Some will require a degree and others won’t. And of course your freelance writing credits count.
Start with your writing resume. Add any other skills you might have, particularly management experience and ability to meet budgets and deadlines.
If your skills are strong I’d suggest sending in your resume even if they say they want a degree and you don’t have one.
Even more to the point use Linkedin and other resources to make sure your resume gets in the hands of the hiring authority.
Apply away and I’d suggest you keep working on the freelancing while you’re trying to land a staff job.
How have you gotten staff writing jobs?
If you’ve got a question about freelance writing, contact me, putting Q&A in the subject line and I’ll do my best to answer it here.
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