Freelance Writing Business
How to Apply For Blogging Jobs Part 1
Written by Charles Mburugu for Gaebler Ventures
Many blogging jobs are advertised daily. Advertisers receive many applicants for such positions, some with amazing quality. However, many individuals miss such opportunities because of poor application skills. How can one apply effectively for a blogging job?
There is a great number of people searching for blog jobs than there are jobs available. If you are a blogger searching for work, you should consider carefully how you apply for blogging jobs. The following are tips to consider.
Jobs are going fast. Within 24 hours of advertising jobs, many advertisers find someone suitable. While the process is not to be rushed, you need to act reasonably fast when applying for a blogging job or you could miss the chance. If you take longer than 24 hours to show your interest in the job, you could miss out on it.
Follow the instructions
Many advertisers require specific things to be included in applications. Some ask for samples of writing, other ask for answers to questions, others ask for the link to your blog, and all ask for applications to be done in a particular way. Many applicants fail to apply according to the instructions. Not following the steps mentioned in the job advertisement creates a bad first impression to a potential employer.
Some bloggers suffer from an inferiority complex and their applications reflect their lack of confidence. Applicants need to view their applications as a chance to sell themselves for the blog. Give clear reasons why you would be suitable for the blog. Talk about your knowledge of the topic, about your experience, how you work with others and your passion for communication. However, do not exaggerate anything. As you write, ask yourself if what you're adding to the application would increase or reduce your chances of being hired.
Your written application gives your potential employer an idea of how well you will perform. Look at your application as an audition and create a well written, well structured, well spelt application that shows your grasp of the written language and grammar and you'll increase your chances of landing the job.
Give samples of your work
Many job ads ask for samples of your work so be ready to give them as they can improve or reduce your chances. There are some things to consider when it comes to choosing what to submit as samples. If not asked for full written samples, include links to your work. Pick samples of your work that are relevant to the blog you are applying for, and that show your diversity of writing styles. If you don't have a sample ready, create one for the application.
It takes time for advertisers to wade through applications, so being concise makes you stand out. However, don't be too concise as you need to sell yourself and include everything that is required.
Charles Mburugu writes for us from his home in Nairobi. He has a graduate degree in Business Management from Kenya Institute of Management. He is interested in writing about branding, CSR and intellectual property.
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