If you’re good at writing, you might be thinking about how you can turn your passion into a career. After all, doing something you have a natural talent and passion for can make a big difference.
But how you find the perfect writing gig? Here’s a guide that will help you begin your dream writing career.
Step 1: Identify what you want
The first step to finding your dream writing job is identifying what you want. You’ll want to begin thinking about the type of writing role you want and your expectations.
Here’s a list of things you should think about:
- The type of writing you want to do. Writing for a blog is different than editing technical literature. Think about your talents and experience to identify what kinds of writing gigs are best for you. Writers can make a living a variety of ways, including: blogging, working on resumes/cover letters, speech writing, teaching, writing brochures, creating greeting cards, posting on social media channels, and developing technical literature.
- The size of the company you want to work for. There’s a big difference when it comes to writing for big businesses versus smaller ones. On one hand, a bigger business might give you the ability to work alongside other talented writers; however, there tends to be less freedom when it comes to the work you’ll put out. Smaller businesses have less of a structure, so you might work with in a tiny department. One benefit of a small businesses is they might let you work on a wider variety of projects.
- If you want to be remote. Because writing can be done anywhere, you might want to consider if you prefer to write in an office or stay remote. Some people thrive going to work everyday while others would rather work quietly in their home.
- Your expected salary. This is different for every writer. Generally speaking, the pay varies between industries and specialties. Think about what you can realistically make by looking up job titles on Glassdoor.
Once you know what to look for, you’ll be able to start finding the writing opportunities that match your interests and experiences.
Step 2: Build your Portfolio
Once you know what kind of job you want, you’ll need to compile your best writing samples. With more and more recruiters screening applicants before an interview, it’s becoming increasingly important to prove your worth with quality work.
Find your best writing samples and display them on the internet for recruiters to see. If you’re already published on online, that’s even better: you can directly link to the source you’ve written for.
If you have samples but they aren’t the best, consider editing them. After all, you want to show the recruiter the talent you bring today.
But what if you don’t have writing samples, or the work you have is five years old? Luckily, it isn’t hard to start making writing samples today. You can start a blog, volunteer to write for an organization, guest post on someone’s website, or publish something on LinkedIN Pulse. There’s endless opportunities when it comes to building a writing portfolio.
Creating Your Digital Portfolio
Once you have your writing samples, you’ll want to organize them. Unfortunately, not all jobs accept attachments; that means you’ll have to create a website that hosts your work.
Why? If the application doesn’t ask for a URL or attachments, you’ll want to add it to your resume. This will give a recruiter some tangible work to look at rather than relying on just your resume and cover letter.
Fortunately, it’s relatively cheap and even free to make a simple online portfolio. WordPress, Wix, and other website creations tools enable their users to make websites. If you don’t mind having their branding in the URL, you won’t even have to worry about paying for it.
Drop your writing samples onto your website as attachments or PDFs. Have a friend test the website and tell you if it works. Once you finish it, you’ll be ready to start applying for writing jobs.
Step 3: Finding Writing Opportunities
Now that you know what you want and have the writing samples, you’ll want to start looking for writing opportunities.
Where you’ll look will depend on your niche, but here’s a few ways you can find your dream job.
- Connect with people who have the writing resume you want in five years. Go on LinkedIN and find people who are doing the writing work you want to do. Join a Facebook or Reddit group centered on your writing specialty. Ask people questions and see if they can point you in the direction you want to go in. Who knows, someone might even be a valuable mentor to you!
- Search job sites. Use different job sites such as LinkedIN, Indeed, and Glassdoor. Search for positions in the area you’re hoping to work in. Also pro tip: apply to writing jobs that are less than a week old. You’re more likely to land an interview with a job posting that’s fresh. Many recruiters start screening candidates as soon as they receive applications.
- Continue your learning. Take a course on the type of writing you want to specialize in, or maybe complete a certification. These will help boost your resume and prepare you for your dream writing role.
- Apply to companies with writing you admire. If you admire a certain company’s approach to writing, apply for jobs directly with them. Who knows, you might land a dream opportunity!
Always keep your options open as you search for your dream writing job. It’s not always easy to find and apply for writing jobs, but you can do it if you set the right goals and connect with fellow writers!
Good Luck on finding your Dream Writing Job!
With all these steps in mind, I hope that you take this advice and land your awesome writing gig. Good luck!
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