Until you get your dream writing job, it is up to you to prioritize your job hunt. This can feel nearly impossible, especially when you already have a job and a million other responsibilities to keep track of. Here are some ways I got my shit together and started landing freelance writing jobs.
Make It Your Job To Find Your Dream Job. This may sound trite, but it’s so true. Until you begin thinking about your job hunt like a second or third job, you just won’t prioritize it and put in the effort it takes to find what you’re looking for. I drastically shifted gears when I decided I wanted to become a writer. For me this meant identifying myself as a writer, building up my writing portfolio and exploring potential writing topics of interest in order to find my niche. After a month of pouring through listings, websites, and company pages, I finally started landing some jobs and getting paid.
Get Organized. Consciously schedule some time everyday to search for jobs, even if it’s only for a few minutes it could make a difference. You never know when you’re going to find something awesome. Once you set a plan, stick to it! If keeping a calendar, or setting reminders on your phone keeps you from straying from the course, do it. You’ll begin to get into a routine, and the task at hand probably won’t feel as daunting. On that note, make sure your resume is up to date and well put together. If you’re not sure how to do this, check out some online examples, or ask for help. This makes applying for jobs much easier, makes you look more professional, and is another major time saver.
Set Goals. Try to set a few specific goals and a few more general goals. These will help keep you on target, while clarifying your unique interests. Once your goals are set, you will have an easier time figuring out what to search for. Solid goals can help keep you motivated to move forward with your job search. Some general goals of mine included finding a paying writing or editing job, being able to exercise my creativity within the role, and being offered a contract or recurring role. More specific goals included finding a job where I could provide content about animal wellness, mental health, relationships, and financial stress.
Check Out Potential Topics Of Interest, Even If You’re Not An Area Expert. Allow yourself to explore different opportunities in the beginning of your writing career, because you never know what creative doors might open for you from there. This also gives you a better shot at finding your writing niche, which ultimately can set you apart from other writers. With every new gig you get, big or small, it not only sharpens your writing skills, but also boosts your freelance resume.
Celebrate The Small Stuff. Landing that perfect job takes time, so be patient and kind to yourself. Acknowledge all of the hard work you are doing to get there, and find ways to keep yourself motivated. Keep in mind that everyone at some point will experience rejection, and that’s okay. Rejection doesn’t mean that you’re an awful writer, it just means you weren’t a proper fit for that specific job. Just remember it’s not a matter of if you find a job, it’s a matter of when. Happy Job Hunting!
Let’s Chat. What’s been the most difficult part of finding a job? How long did it take you to land your first freelance writing job?