Nice to have someone other than my husband to ask- he has no clue obviously being a watch commander/Lt law enforcement.
Writing all my life whenever possible, I jumped in the blogging arena six months ago. Because I have a background in varied, high profile subjects, I submitted my resume, as well as a sample of my writing to On Demand Studios.
Having not been creative enough on my resume, what stood out was the ten years since I retired; Those years were filled with topics readers are fascinated with, yearning to find more information on (other than ask.com).
My submitted writing did not reflect the work I am doing now. I saw advertisements for talented writers; Part of their policy states no second review of application.
My first review does not remotely resemble the second.
In addition, since then I have been vetted and published in three national edited magazines.
What should I do? Just walk away, chalking it up as their loss? Or should I resubmit?
Thank you for asking this interesting question. I think it’s normal to do a bit of “shoulda-coulda-woulda” after being rejected by any potential client, especially if you feel that you could present yourself better if you were given another chance.
I am not going to poke a stick into the whole “should freelance writers work for DS thing” now. It’s been hashed to death (hopefully) and what you really want to know about is should you reapply after being turned down by Client X. You are the best judge of whether you want to take another shot or not.
I would suggest that you think about what it is about this particular client that interests you. There are many, many places where freelance writers can find work, and you don’t ever have to think that your job search efforts are an all-or-nothing venture. Is this more about proving that your worth by having your application accepted or is this an organization that you are excited about working with, for whatever reason?
If your desire to reapply is about showing someone that you are good enough, it may not be the right reason to go after the opportunity again. (You are already “good enough” BTW – whether you get the gig or not.) You also need to think about how you would feel if you were rejected a second time – even with your new accomplishments and updated resume and samples.
I am familiar with the policy that DS only gives applicants one shot at applying. I also know from reading message boards that some writers have applied a second (and sometimes a third)time using a different e-mail address and been hired. Whether you feel comfortable doing so is something I will leave up to you.
This question leads me to another interesting one: Is it ethical to try to circumvent a company’s one-application policy by reapplying under a different e-mail address? Share your thoughts in the comments section.