One of the biggest changes that have taken place in the workplace in the past few years is the rise of the freelance writer. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of people looking for remote work opportunities has increased. Companies like HubSpot and Marketo have surged in popularity because they offer platforms where freelance writers can build content that is more engaging and less likely to be mistaken for advertising.
While there are plenty of job opportunities for experienced journalists and writers, there are more roles available for those with less experience. This creates an interesting dichotomy in today’s already competitive job market. If you’re looking for your first job in the industry, here are some tips on how to stand out.
Try Some New Things
If you’ve been working in the same field for a while, you may feel like you know what is expected of you. After years of experience, you may feel like you can predict the next logical step in an interview or a pitch. While it’s understandable that your comfort zone may be starting to encroach on your career, change is important. You may not be able to predict what will make you successful in the long run, but you can be sure that you will learn a lot along the way.
As part of my job search, I’ve been looking for opportunities to try out new things. Even though I’ve had plenty of experience, I’ve always enjoyed challenges. During my freelancing days, I worked with a variety of clients and have been able to experiment with new techniques and programs. This has led me to gain valuable experience that I could not have learned in a formal setting. While it’s important to have a career path that you follow, it’s also important to stay curious and challenge yourself.
Present Yourself In The Best Possible Light
The worst thing you can do for your career is to go into a job interview and present yourself in a way that is not the best reflection of your skills. This does more than just damage your own self-esteem, it also has an effect on the people you are representing. In the same way you wouldn’t want an employer to think you’re not a hard worker because you don’t have an entry-level job, you don’t want to let your writing skills get in the way of your opportunity to shine.
When applying for jobs, you always want to present yourself in the best possible light. Unfortunately, there are a lot of things that you have to think about in order to do this. The first thing is your resume. When I was preparing for my job search, I reached out to a professional resume writer. She helped me to create a resume that would land me interview calls and opportunities. When I went into my interviews, my resume helped me to stand out among the other candidates. My resume also contained all of the necessary information that the hiring manager needed in order to make a decision. I would highly recommend hiring a professional resume writer if you’re looking for advice on how to best present yourself for your career.
Practice Interview Skills
Even though you may be meeting with the person who will be judging your talent, it’s still a job interview. Just because someone is not named Brad or Gary on your interviewers’ resume does not mean that they are not going to ask you questions and assess your responses in a formal setting. While it’s not easy to practice for a job interview, you can still use these questions to help you prepare. Knowing what to expect is half the battle.
Preparing for your job search doesn’t have to be torturous. Use the questions that you’ve been asked during interviews in the past and practice responding to them. If you can, get a friend or family member to interview you and give you a sounding board as you practice. Once you’ve found a role that you’re interested in, you can put this practice to use during your job search. Knowing what to expect can help you shine during the interview and put your best foot forward. Good luck!