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How to Write a Brilliant Application for a Blogging Job

Personally, I think we tend to get too caught up in this whole “Internet” thing sometimes. We try too hard to differentiate between online and offline, like working online is so much different from working offline, and we just make it more complicated than it really is. Applying for a blogging job is no different than applying for any other job. Yes, you’re applying “online” via email or a form, but it still comes down to the same basic idea: The employer wants to know WIIFM?

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Treat It Like Any Other Job Application

No matter what type of job he’s hiring for the employer has only one question: If I hire you, what will I get in exchange for your paycheck? What’s In It For Me? It doesn’t matter if it’s a blogging job, an accounting job, or a job digging ditches for the cable company. He may ask you dozens of questions and have you jump through a few hoops but it all boils down to: What’s In It For Me? So keep that question in front of your mind as you’re applying.

Be Professional

Blogging has the reputation of being a laid back career but, in reality, if someone is considering hiring a blogger then he understands this is a business not just a hobby. And since he’s going to be compensating you in some way, he wants to know that you understand this, too, so you need to approach him in a professional manner.

Introduce yourself and refer to the position you’re applying for. It helps, too, to let him know how you know he’s looking. “I saw your article on your blog” or “I saw your ad at ProBlogger’s job board” helps because he may also be advertising for a designer or editor on other job boards.

Be Relevant

The one big difference in applying for a blogging job is that most employers won’t be interested in your entire life history and all the different jobs you’ve held. In most cases that job you had flipping burgers part-time while you were in high school won’t be relevant and they don’t have the time to read it anyway. They’ll only be interested in the experience you have that relates to their blog.

Include information that relates to your writing or blogging career: Do you have a journalism or writing degree? Do you have a blog? What other blogs or websites have your written for? If you’re like me and you’ve written for more blogs than you can remember, list only your top three or four and let the employer know you can provide more if necessary.

Include links to relevant content: If you’ve written for this nice before then it helps to include links to those relevant articles. If not, link to three of your top performers. And if you have the time and you really want this job, consider taking some time to write something fresh, new and relevant to include with your application. This shows the employer that you’re willing to go the extra mile.

Follow The Rules

Personally, I hate it when the employer says they want you to submit an article using such-and-such keyword along with your application. I generally pass these up. In my mind they’re either looking for free content or they’re inconsiderate. A good writer probably already has work on their desk and asking for a free article instead of looking at work they’ve already published is an imposition.

However, that’s not always the best attitude to have, especially if you really want that job and especially if you don’t have anything already published that’s worth linking to. So don’t be too hasty or judgmental.

Follow all the rules set forth by the blog owner. It might seem ridiculous to you that he wants you to use a certain word in the subject line of your email but he may be using that word as a filter so your email doesn’t go to spam.

Answer That Question

There may be dozens of bloggers that apply for that job so you need to make yourself stand out from the rest. The way to do that is to answer that question: What’s In It For Me?

Briefly explain any online experience you have including your experience with social networking and blog promotion. Mention a successful project you’ve worked on, either on your own blog or someone else’s. In other words, briefly toot your own horn and let that employer know what you can bring to the table that no one else can. Let him know WIIFM and you’ll definitely get his attention.

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3 Comments (Add one)

  1. Jack
    Jack

    Many are looking for free content. I have seen my content show up in places where they didn’t hire me. Instead they took the “sample” I submitted and used it.

    1. Sté Kerwer

      Well, there are dishonest people everywhere… You can always threaten them of legal action if they used your content without your consent.

    2. William Patton

      Did you ask to have it removed? Because often the site owner will remove it if your the writer and you request removal.

      You should threaten legal action if they fail to reply or refuse to remove it. The article is still your intellectual property unless explicitly stated otherwise and as such you have the final say on where it is published.

      There’s a lot of dodgy people online who just want something for nothing but these days online writers have a lot more power over what they post than they used to and I think you’d get the article either removed or paid for by the site owner if you did take legal action against them.

      Might not be worth the effort to do but still if you do want to go that route then at least you know that the law is on your side.