By Jane Sandwood
It’s no secret that the job market today can be tough. With almost 7 million unemployed Americans competing for new jobs, it’s more important now than ever to make yourself stand out from the rest of the hiring pool. This can be even harder in the writing and journalism fields, where you’re competing with experienced editors and freelancers living across the globe.
One of the best ways to showcase your skills as a writer is through samples, but it can be challenging to write a piece that will “wow” potential employers when you’re on a time crunch. Luckily, as a writer, the chances are that you have a stash of personal pieces stored away in some dark corner of your computer. Instead of letting old creative pieces collect dust, you can give them new life by using them as a part of your job search. Here are a couple of ways that you can use your old writing pieces to find yourself a new dream job.Here are a couple of ways that you can use your old writing pieces to find yourself a new dream job. Click To Tweet
Turn Old Pieces into New Writing Samples
Whether you wrote it in high school, college, or beyond, you can revamp your best pieces from back in the day to make fresh new writing samples. This gives you a quick and easy way to whip up personalized samples for each application. You should choose pieces that mesh with the goals and values of a company to get the best response from recruiters. For example, if you’re applying to work with a law firm, you might want to choose formal and academic pieces, while a job in social media might merit a more creative work.
Pad Your Portfolio
Every good writer should have their own online portfolio. It’s one of the best ways to demonstrate your skills to potential employers and show them that you’ve got the talent that they need for their business to succeed. Portfolios traditionally include work from previous jobs and freelance gigs, but if you’re still building up your professional resume, you may need to pad your portfolio with some personal pieces. Just make sure that everything is revised, edited, and up-to-date before posting it.
When you finish a creative piece that you’re proud of, don’t simply file it away afterward. Instead, recycle it later and use it to help improve your resume. By getting creative with old writing pieces, you can increase your chances of landing your dream job.Every good writer should have their own online portfolio. Click To Tweet
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Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer and editor with over 10 years’ experience working across many fields. When Jane isn’t writing, she is busy spending time with her family. She also enjoys music, reading and travelling whenever she can.
Jane Sandwood is widely published. You can Google her name for more of her work.
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