"Required reading" for today's smart writer.

"Required reading" for today's smart writer.
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Job Screening Hacks to Earn More and Stress Less!

If you’ve ever searched for creative opportunities online you know how frustrating finding real work for decent pay can be.
The competition is fierce. Many markets have folded. All offers are not fair or even legitimate. Which means to optimize your efforts, you need to learn to “work smarter, not harder.”
The writing job market is very similar to the housing market.
Being clueless about the inner-workings of the industry can expose you to potential scams and leave you out in the cold.

Not to mention, you could waste valuable time in the process. “And time is money.”
With this in mind, provided here are some key practices and principles that have helped me earn a consistent income and made the job hunting process a little more manageable. These strategies can help you too.


  • Just like in real estate, there is validity to the expression, “location, location, location!” Start your search with reputable job boards to increase your odds for success. A few to consider are WritersWeekly.com, Problogger.net and Bloggingpro.com.
  • Know your U.S.P. (Unique Selling Position). Concentrate your efforts on gigs that reflect your true passions and professional strengths. It saves time and headache for everyone in the long run, with fewer detours.
  • Remember to always read the fine print.


  • Avoid applying for positions that have “sketchy” information. For instance, no physical address listed, or no specified pay rate. Good job ads should typically answer the 5 W’s: who, what, when, where, why.
  • Don’t apply for jobs that require an “application fee” or a lengthy writing sample for consideration.
  • Steer clear of job offers with numerous typos or glaring grammatical errors in the posting. It could be a reflection of the company's lack of attention to details, and/or the quality of their offerings or services.

Follow these timely tips to give you a competitive edge in the job arena and an array of opportunities to earn more for your creative work.

Happy hunting!

I look forward to re-connecting! Have a safe summer.

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  2. Jen, this is good advice - it can be tough finding genuine, well paying work. Thanks for the tips and insight. Enjoy your break! :)

    1. Karen,
      Glad you found it useful.
      Thanks much. I plan to. ;-)

    2. Thanks, Karen. Glad you found it useful.

  3. More great tips from a "super blogger". Thanks, Jen, and enjoy your break!

  4. Thanks so much, Sue. I sure plan to. ;-)

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