I look at some of my followers and the people I follow and I see a lot of talent. Today I would like to take you through the steps I have taken to secure my position and write my first post “Everything is Beautiful” as a professional creative writer for a well-established clothing brand in the hope that some of this talent can be discovered.
I know the hardship of seeking for a job that better suits your talent while working one that simply does not. The frustration of being rejected time after time for creative writing roles does nothing for your confidence and makes it seem as though that dream will always be beyond your league. I would apply for roles at least ten times a day, writing thousands of words per application to try and get noticed. The trick is to keep on, carry on. The only person who can hold you back is yourself! Writing is a highly subjective field much like the world of art, if a piece of writing does not work on one employer, perhaps your style does not conform with the interests of the company.
If I could choose the one piece of advice you should take away from this post it would be to keep writing. Write blogs, write about your day, write applications, write anything because that is the only way to home in your skills and perfect your style. The more you write, the more content you have to show as part of a portfolio to potential employers. You will find that your ‘best pieces’ will frequently be replaced by new ones as you progress.
Once you get an interview it is imperative to be on form and to throw everything you have at it. If you fail this you will be setting yourself back weeks, maybe months. You have to have a portfolio at the ready, have researched the company inside and out and have a firm grasp on your direction as a creative writer. For every interview I have been to I have done a minimum of twenty pages of handwritten research. If you are applying for the position of a creative writer ensure you have a plan for the direction of the blog or articles. The direction should be optimistic yet feasible, ensure you set yourself a list of targets and do all you can to provide backing to how you will achieve them, why and when. Never enter an interview half-cocked, always be ready with research notes memorized, your direction clear and your sights set above what you have ever dreamed for the future.
Getting the Job
Once that employer says yes, your journey is only just beginning. You should endeavor to continue that level of ferocity you injected into trying to grab this role in the first place; take it by the horns and ensure you stick to your targets. Constantly set yourself new ones as you gradually increase your ambition. You will notice that you will eventually reach the place you originally aspired to be, therefore reaching an almost spiritualistic sense of self-fulfillment and happiness.
All in All
In short, be all you can be! Keep writing page after page and never give up. If writing is what you want to do, you will be able to do it! Some sites I would recommend would be Crowd Content, Blasting News and UpWork (although the latter I have had problems with).
Ever since getting this job I have been working but with a smile on my face. I am over the moon about the fact that I am now earning from something I enjoy doing, that my hard work has paid off and that I now have a future in something I would consider a dream job. My first post can be found at the Truenodizzy website, a company that really has provided me with a wage for what I first considered to be just a creative outlet. The post you will find is “Everything is Beautiful”; a post that, not so subtly, expresses my joy to be a part of an amazing project that lets me be me.
I will be posting more insights into how I got to where I am over the next couple of days, I’m welcome to any and all feedback 🙂