Wednesday, December 15, 2010

CCWS News - Elance

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Why Writing Samples are an Essential Part of Your Resume

You took time to review your work history and craft that winning resume that is sure to make that employer or client choose you over the other guy. Now be ready to provide samples when they are requested. Having the samples ready before they are requested

Choose samples that show your writing style, and your expert knowledge of the subject matter. Be sure to select pieces that adhere to the format and may interest their audience. For instance, if you are bidding on a medical writing position, select a research sample with some type of science bent. If you are looking to break into news writing, supply a piece that displays your ability to supply important information early in the copy and makes an impact in the headline.

Also, don't even thing about plagiarizing content....

WAIT JUST A MINUTE! "Thing"? This piece is a perfect example of why you must, must, MUST proofread your copy before hitting the "publish" button! Remember, potential clients are searching for you, and anything you publish may be scrutinized, including anything you post publicly to social media. It looks like I need to go back and proofread my blog posts! Let's try this again...

Don't even think about plagiarizing content. Most hiring editors will take the time to check your samples with an authentication site like Copyscape to make sure potential employees don't try to pass of someone else's sample as their own. Even if they don't check the copy and you get the job it can turn into a bad scene. If your writing is not up to their standard you won't keep your position long, and your client may post bad reviews about your work, which may end your career.

If you don't have published samples of your work, how do you get them? You can start by creating your own blog, this gives both writing practice and a potential audience. Then start looking for opportunities for writing web content. These might not pay well at first, but they expand your work experience. You get the opportunity to work with an editor, and get a little cash on the side. You can find opportunities at sites such as Elance and Freelancer, and both of these sites have free user accounts to get you started. If you put out great copy, the word may get out and you'll have more work than you can handle! :)