Mistakes You Should Avoid When Looking for Online Freelance Writing Jobs
In the digital age, people have become increasingly dependent and reliant on the conveniences brought upon by the internet. The earlier years of the internet saw the rise of a better way to get information, followed by email correspondence, and later on, instant messaging. But today, there is more to it than anyone could have imagined a few years or decade back. A very popular trend over the web today is the chance to apply for several kinds of jobs, including freelance writing.
Freelance writing jobs are all over the web these days and the best thing about it is that there literally are no strict qualifications in order to join and become a writer. But just like most other jobs, getting hitched with a client isn’t something you can do without exerting some effort. At this point, your priority has to be learning the mistakes commonly made by those applying for a freelance writing job, the purpose is for you to be able to avoid committing them, too.
1 – Being unable to read the instructions in the job posting.
One thing you need to know about job listings for writers is that the instructions that come with them are often very specific. Every little detail, starting from spelling out your name, experience, rate, to the attachment of resumes and cover letters, are required to be filled out or fulfilled, and if you ever forget to follow just one of the instructions, the client will immediately forget about you. Writers are expected to be highly meticulous and detailed when it comes to following instructions and being thorough in everything, so never leave a negative first impression.
2 – Putting no value on the importance of proofreading.
In many instances, the reason why writers forget to proofread is because they are too confident in their ability to write. Keep in mind that every single potential client will want an almost perfect same of your writing, implying that it must not contain errors, spelling and grammar wise. The fact is you don’t need to spend more than ten minutes proofreading your work, all for the purpose of making sure it is error free.
3 – You fail to give value to doing research for an assigned topic.
In all types of freelance writing jobs, research is essential no matter what the topic is. Sometimes in the application process, the would-be client will ask you to write about a certain subject or topic, and as adrenaline starts kicking in, you jump on to it without even doing some bit of research to learn more about the subject or topic. You usually end up submitting a crappy sample article that doesn’t contain anything of value, leading the client to believe that you didn’t do enough to learn about it first.
And because you already know what the common mistakes are, you can now push the restart button and do the application once again, but this time, you already are armed with more information to finally get that writing job.
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