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How Do You Get a Writing Job Without Any Experience

December 8, 2013 0 Comments

How Do You Get Noticed Without Any Writing Experience

You’ve been writing for a while and have developed a nice portfolio. So, where do you go from there? You want to get your name out in the writing community, but how do you do get your name out without any experience? I have three tips for you and the best part is, they are easy, they are simple, and they won’t cost a dime.

Build Your Blog

Blogging is a great way to bring people to your site. Extra traffic means extra exposure and everyone wants good online exposure. If you can’t swing the cash for your own personal blog, then there are several (probably many) free blogging sites on the web. Check out wordpress.com or blogger.com. Once your blog is up and running, tell your friends you are blogging and that it is on the web. Have them pass the word to their other friends.

Get Social! Use social media to promote your blog.
Facebook – Create a Facebook page and (again) have your friends LIKE your page. Ask them to share it with

their friends. Add links to your favorite documents in your portfolio for people to review and share.
Twitter – Do you have a Twitter following, then start tweeting about your blog. Here are a couple ideas to get you going. My daughter actually came up with these. I think they are great!

  • Just went to (somewhere) with (your favorite person) and came up with a new idea for my next post! Stay tuned…
  • I was inspired this morning, new blog post coming out soon. Here’s a hint (add URL but keep the hint short and sweet)

Freelance Writing Sites

There are many online writing services that you can choose from, such as Elance, oDesk, or Demand Studios. I have to be honest; you are not going to get rich with these sites. But, for a writer that is ambitious and energetic, you can make a few extra bucks. Besides the extra cash, it is a great way to build your portfolio. I wrote for Demand Studios for a period, here are a couple of my articles that they published.
How to Test Starter Relays
Things You Can Do With the Internet on Your Phone.

Contract Agency

If you have the desire to be a technical writer and have a built a solid portfolio, working with a contract agency isn’t a bad deal. Whenyou work for an agency, you have two bosses.  Your first boss is the agency you are working with. The agency is the one that gives you your paycheck. Your second boss is the company you are working at. In my point of view, this is the boss that counts. You want to keep this boss happy because you can gain useful work experience while working there. As a contracted employee, you work on for a defined contract period. This can range from 3 months, 6 moths, or even a year. After the contract period is up, if your work is not complete, the company may extend your contract. On the other hand, if your work is complete you can be out of a job. The best thing you can do in a contracted position is to do your best each day and keep that resume polished.

I worked for a contract agency a long time ago, and it was a good deal. I was a contracted employee for six years and eventually was hired on full time by the company I was working at.  So, keep an open mind, this can be a good thing.

These tips are real world tips that I personally used. I hope they help you in your journey to become a technical writer.

Inspiring the writer in all of us, one blog post at a time.
To your success.

Dan

P.S. Check out my resources page and download the pdf from this post. I have all of the links I mentioned in this post and a few extra. And while you are there, be sure to hit the LIKE button. This lets me know I am on the right path and that I provided you with useful tips.

 

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