When you are looking for freelance writing jobs, do you have a plan in place or do you apply for anything and everything? One pet peeve that clients have when it’s time to hire freelancers (or anyone for that matter) is that they put up an ad and get a lot of responses from people who don’t fit what they are looking for.
Does that mean that freelancers should stick to what they already know and only apply for the same kinds of gigs? Absolutely not. But you will get better results (which means getting hired more often) if you use a targeted approach to your job search.
Just like in the brick and mortar world, you need to have a clear idea about what kind of work you are looking for before you start applying for things. Are you looking for content, copy writing, or technical writing jobs? Is blogging something you have experience with? Do you have skills in more than one language? Once you have the type of job figured out, then you can start to look for opportunities that would be a good fit for you.
Even with a targeted approach, you may only hear back from a few potential clients interested in hiring you. It does become very frustrating when you send out tons of applications and don’t hear anything back. The good news is that you are more likely to be hired when you adopt this strategy.
Does a targeted approach work for you when looking for freelance writing work?