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Help wanted - job ad We’ve been seeking freelance writers and in-house editors. There are not enough hours in the day to respond to everyone who doesn’t meet the minimum criteria to make them interview-worthy, but I think it’s a public service to share why many applications end up in the cyber trash:

Your e-memo or cover letter is addressed to Dear Sir. Delete!

Your e-memo is filled with emojis. Delete!

You misspell expereince, magizine, and/or interrested. Delete!

You confuse I and me. And you’re and your. Delete!

You ask 20 questions about the job but don’t provide your resume. Delete!

You ignore the instructions that say “No attachment.” Delete!

You refuse to share the requested writing sample and direct me to your website. Delete!

Your resume is clearly not proofed. Delete!

Think I’m a hard nose? Probably, but if you want to write for me, you need to use words and not emoticons. Moreover, if you want to work with me, you need to abandon stereotypes, be careful, be thorough, and follow directions. How will you perform up to par under deadline if you can’t even nail the simple act of applying for a job as outlined?
 

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