Blogging has become a lucrative source of income for many people all over the world. As a result, there is intense competition for blogging jobs being advertised daily on sites such as Freelance Writing Gigs. If you want to enhance your chances of getting such jobs, you need to learn how to write applications properly. Here are some things to consider:
1. Follow the instructions
Advertisements for blogging jobs usually come with very specific instructions. It is very important to take time to read and re-read the advert. Once you have understood what is required, make sure your application is written accordingly. Some advertisers will only ask for a cover letter along with samples of your writing, while others will also want to see your resume. There are even those who will ask you to use specific words in your subject line. If you don’t follow all the instructions provided, your application is likely to be trashed.
2. Customize your resume
Before applying for a blogging job, you will need to tailor your resume accordingly. It should contain details such as:
- Your educational background, with a special emphasis on any writing-related courses
- Information about your own blog
- Your experience in blogging or writing
- Your knowledge of social media and content management systems such as WordPress
- Lists of blogs and sites that you have written for previously
- Links to relevant sample articles
3. Write a concise, persuasive email
The first thing the advertiser will see will be your email. No matter how good your samples are or how well your resume is written, a badly written email will give a poor first impression. Here is a suggested email structure:
Dear [advertiser name],
Paragraph 1: I’m writing this email in response to your advert at [name of site] for a [name of position]. I would really love to write for you.
Paragraph 2: I’ve been running my own blog, [website address of blog] for [no of years] years now. I have also contributed to blogs such as [name a few blogs that are relevant to the advert]
Paragraph 3: I have experience in [mention some of your skills, especially those the advert asked for]
Paragraph 4: Below are links to samples of my work as requested [post the number of samples requested in the advert]. Also, please find attached my resume [if the resume was also required]
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
[Your full name]
[Your website/blog address]
Don’t forget to select samples that are relevant to the topic(s) mentioned in the advert. Sending a religion-related sample when you are applying to write home improvement articles could jeopardize your chances.
Before clicking on the send button, take time to proofread your application thoroughly. Submitting an email riddled with errors will make you appear a careless blogger. Take time to correct all the grammatical and spelling mistakes. Recheck your sentence structure and make improvements where necessary. Use simple, clear fonts and make sure your content is well aligned. Once you are sure everything is in order, send your application and hope for the best!
Making a good first impression can form the basis for a long-lasting relationship. Even if you don’t get the job initially, the blog owner or editor is likely to remember you when opportunities arise in the future.