Freelance writers need jobs.
Companies need bloggers, content writers and brand journalists.
Wouldn’t it be simple if there was a common ground where we could all just meet, connect and help each other out?
Well, there is. Sort of. It’s called the Internet.
The last few weeks I’ve been hanging out in a few of my favorite LinkedIn groups to get the scoop on the latest industry news.
One thread made bells, chimes and whistles go off in my head.
Hiring managers are discussing where they go to find freelance writers. So if you’ve ever asked me how to find freelance work or writing jobs, here’s your answer!
If you’re a writer, I know you need this list. If you’re a marketer or small business owner trying to populate a blog consistently, you want to know where to find good quality writers. Today’s post is a win-win for anyone who works in words or needs copy ASAP.
6 Places Hiring Managers Say They Find Freelance Writers
1. LinkedIn: One director of marketing uses the search feature in LinkedIn to look for journalists in her niche market. The takeaway: Complete your LinkedIn profile and include relevant keywords so your profile shows up in search results.
2. HR Departments: One marketer queries her HR department to see if any resumes have come in from potential freelance writers. The takeaway: Send query letters to marketing companies you’d like to work with. Keep you name in their office files!
3. Peers and Colleagues: A communications company representative asks others in the office and in similar businesses who they recommend. The takeaway: Always put your best foot forward. Doing a good job for one client opens the door to recommendations and additional writing gigs.
4. Blogs and Portfolios: The president of a copywriting company says he looks at the bylines on articles he enjoys reading. The takeaway: Start a blog or do a few guest posts. Even though you’re writing for free, it’s an online sample of your skills. You never know who might read one of your posts and want you to write something similar for them — for pay.
5. Creative Talent Agencies: One marketing communications manager prefers to go the agency route. She scans the pool of writers, reads their resumes and finds one who suits her needs. The takeaway: Join an agency and completely fill out all profile details to make your resume shine!
6. Professional Writing Organizations: A content marketing manager and communications company owner say they find talented writers by looking at job boards and databases from professional writers groups such as The Editorial Freelancers Association, The Society of Professional Journalists, The American Society of Journalists and Authors and Public Relations Society of America. The takeaway: Keep up your membership dues and update your contact details for all professional affiliations.
Not one hiring manager or decision maker mentioned placing ads for freelance writers on Craigslist, freelance writing forums or on their own company websites. Interesting, isn’t it?
So, tell me: Are you looking for freelance work, or are you on the hunt for writers to hire? Let’s make some connections in the comments below!