How To Get Writing Jobs
By Allena Tapia, About.com Guide
Once you've set up shop and got the hang of this career, your focus will fall (for a while at least) on drumming up more writing jobs and potential clients. This pathway will highlight all of the information you need to secure writing jobs that will make your new career secure and profitable. And, soon enough, you'll develop a client roster, some marketing savvy and a reputation, and then the work will come to you.
- Prepping for Writing Jobs
- Types of Writing Jobs
- Finding Writing Jobs Through Freelance Writing Job Lists
- Finding Writing Jobs Via Freelance Bid Sites
- Finding Freelance Jobs on Job Search Engines
- Writing Job Hints and How-To
Prepping for Writing Jobs
If you're going after freelance writing jobs, there is a standard set of documents that most potential clients are going to ask for. Let's take a look at the pieces you'll need in your arsenal.
- How to Write a Cover Letter for Writing Jobs
- How To Create a Writing Resume
- Sample Writer's Resume
- How to Generate Writing Clips and Samples
- Rescuing Your Clips and Samples From Old Sites or Clients
- Your Writing Portfolio: Five "Dos"
- Readers Share Tips: How to Manage a Writing Portfolio
- Why You Need a Writing Website
- Writing Websites: Pros and Cons
- Elements of a Writer's Website
Types of Writing Jobs
Writing jobs come in many different types and genres. Knowing what's out there will help the writer to aim for the kinds of work that are best suited to the individual situation and needs.
- Freelance Writing Job or Freelance Writing Project
- Freelance Editing Jobs
- Three Unique Writing Jobs
- Other Freelance Careers for Writers
- How to Be Paid to Blog
- Genres Available to the Freelance Writer
- What Type of Writing Job Is Right for You?
- 25 Types of Business, Copy and Tech Writing Jobs and Projects
- 19 Types of Creative Writing Jobs and Projects
- 12 Outlets for the Freelance Journalist
- Can Creative Freelance Writing Really Be a Career?
- Different Types of Freelance Work
- How to Choose the Best Writing Jobs for You
- Research and Develop Your Niche
Finding Writing Jobs Through Freelance Writing Job Lists
Finding writing jobs through lists can work well in the beginning, especially if you use discernment when choosing which lists (for example, go for an association's list or a niche-based list as opposed to recycled Craigslist postings). It works because the people advertising for writers are actively in need and hiring- there's no convincing someone that they need your services, no selling someone on the value of a freelance writer, and no networking for the future "in case you ever need..."contingencies. For writers working to build clips and a client list, this can be rich ground. Here is all the information you need to know about writing job lists.
- Best Practices for Getting Writing Jobs From Job Boards
- Readers Respond: What Is Your Favorite Place to Find Writing Jobs?
- Readers Respond: How to Make Writing Job Boards/Job Lists Work for You
- Should Writers Use Craigslist for Writing Jobs?
- Writing Jobs Lists: Where to Find Telecommuting Writing Jobs
- Writing Jobs Lists: Where to Find Local Writing Jobs
- Writing Jobs Lists: Where to Find Niche Writing Jobs
- Writing Jobs Lists: Where to Find Blogging Jobs
- Writing Jobs Lists: 30 NEW Places to Find Writing Jobs
- Review of Write Jobs Website/Job List
- Review of MediaBistro's Website/Job List
- Review of Poe War's Website/Job List
- Review of Sunoasis' Website/Job List
- Review of Freelance Switch's Website/Job List
- Review of ASBPE's Website/Job List
- Review of Online Writing Jobs' Website/Job List
Finding Writing Jobs Via Freelance Bid Sites
Just like freelance writing job lists, freelance job bid sites require some wariness from the writer/user. That's not to say that significant work isn't available from these sites, though, provided you know how to look, and what exactly you're looking for. Again, keeping up with these sites requires (unpaid) time on the writer's part, so lean on these only as an entrance to your career, to build up clips and a client list. Here's what you need to know about finding work on freelance bid job sites.
- Using Bid Sites to Break Into Freelance Writing
- 5 Steps to Elance Success
- Profile of Elance.com
- Profile of Guru.com
- Profile of iFreelance.com
Finding Freelance Jobs on Job Search Engines
Using traditional job search engines, such as Monster and Indeed, is another option available to the enterprising freelance writer. However, since these postings are most often aimed at 9-5 cubicle workers, there are some caveats involved for the freelancer.
Writing Job Hints and How-To
Once you've prepared for and located jobs you're interested in, actually getting the jobs can be a whole different ball game. Here is a collection of hints, tips, and tricks to help you land the job above the competition.
- Things to Do BEFORE You Apply for Writing Jobs
- The 8 Ways to Find and Get Freelance Writing Jobs
- "Secrets" to Nabbing Writing Jobs
- How to Interpret Writing Jobs Ads
- Hint: Writing Jobs Fill Up Fast
- When and How To Follow Up on Writing Job Applications