Twitter is a great way to find jobs, especially freelance writing jobs, which are often virtual and remote.
Time Required: 10 Minutes
- Create a Twitter account. Point your browser to Twitter and either sign up or login. Twitter is simply a communication device similar to blogging in which you can post short updates that are viewed by people who "follow" you (i.e. they are signed up to see your updates. For more information on Twitter for beginners, read About.com's Twitter Basics.
- Use hashtags. Hashtags are the pound sign (#) that Twitter and its users use to track certain subjects. In the search box on your Twitter control panel, enter a hashtag followed by a subject. Some to try are #freelance, #writing, and #jobs.
- Search without hashtags. The search box can also be used without hashtags, yielding similar results. Try a key phrase such as freelance writing jobs.
- Network with other writers, editors and publishers. Simply becoming friendly with others may keep you in the top of their mind should an opening or project come up. To find people to "follow" in the industry, perform searches on keywords like those above, or try these common industry hashtags: #writechat, #amwriting, or #editorchat.
- Try a Twitter-specific search engine. Use TwitterJobSearch or Twitter Job Finder to search for recent mentions of freelance writing jobs.
- Once you've located an opportunity, use the normal freelance writing job protocols to apply, unless the client specifically invites applications via Twitter.
- "Follow" those that have posted jobs, even if you're not chosen. Chances are they'll have more freelance writing jobs or projects in the future.
- Don't rely solely on Twitter. This freelance writing job list details some of the best places to look for jobs.
What You Need
- Twitter account
- Writing resume
- Targeted cover letter