If you want to make a living as a writer then, aside from the romantic notion of becoming a novelist, content writing jobs are pretty much what you will be looking at. The world needs content (at least the businesses of the world do) and not many people have the time or inclination to write their own content. That’s where content writing job arise from. If you are a writer with a passion, then you could make a success of becoming a content writer.
And there seem to be plenty of content writing jobs out there – with many more on the way as people realise that content is the future as far as their online presence is concerned. Without further ado, I’m sure you are busy, here are the ways in which you can get one of the content writing jobs available on the market today –
The first step on the road is to understand what people are looking for when placing adverts for content writers. The clue is in the small print. Rather than look at the fancy title and description at the top of a job listing, focus your attention on the stuff below, especially –
In this part, there will be all the stuff that can make your application appropriate. The more relevant your application, the more likely you are to get the job. It’s that simple.
This part of the job posting has the bits that you will find the most interesting. It will tell you what you need to display or prove to get the job. This is the first filter for the employer. If you don’t have a significant chunk of the essential requirements (or all of them in some cases) then you won’t get to the next step. This is how they will filter down to a few suitable candidates.
The desired skills will also help you get a foot in the door. Say they have 50 applicants for one job. The way they whittle this down to a handful is to give say 8 skills here and have a pass mark of 5. Fewer than this and you don’t make the grade. 5 or more and you will be on the shortlist.
The third element here is probably more for you than for them. Use the job description to filter out the content writer jobs that you really want to do.
You might look at the requirements for content writing jobs and wonder if you would qualify for any of them. But that’s where writing is so much easier than other jobs to demonstrate your skills.
It’s simple. If you don’t have the experience they are looking for then make it happen. If they want someone who has written blogs then go out there and write blogs. You can set up a website, join a blogging community and showcase your talent. I’m not looking for one of the content writing jobs being advertised out there at the moment,, but I have several sites I’m working on such as Mystery Shopping Tips and The Big Five-O. If a prospective employer wanted to know what I’m up to regarding writing blogs then I can show them these alongside my portfolio.
The same goes for any of the skills they are looking for –
*They want a writer who has worked in the property sector – go out and find someone to write for without charging
*They want a writer who knows technical writing – do some technical writing, use it as a sample
As a writer, you have the ability to showcase what you are good at. There isn’t the equivalent in most jobs out there. Content writer jobs are easier to apply for because you can write in advance and adapt what you have written to suit. Obviously that’s not the case for a lawyer or a basketball player.