No matter what you hear, there is only one reason any client or employer will hire you. It’s because they think you can solve their problem.
Sure you need a decent looking resume, and it may help if you’re neat and tidy and smell good and even have some experience. (And if you’re working remotely, how you look etc. matters not a bit.) When push comes to shove, however, you will only get hired — hired to write, to create, to stock shelves, to polish floors, to do anything at all — is because the employer believes they have a problem and are looking for someone to solve it for them.
Why writers get hired
Writers get hired because someone needs some writing done and they don’t know how or don’t want to take the time, or — well who knows why — to do it themselves.
Yes, it is that simple.
It’s true for the most prestigious academic or literary magazine or publisher you can think of to the agency who writes the copy found on grocery bags. Every word you read or see written was written by someone and most of those words were written by someone who was paid to write them.
It could be you.
See it from their point of view
One way to make use of this information is to look at every writing opportunity from their point of view. Define the problem as best you can. Yes, often you’ll just have to make this up because you’ll be reading an ad that barely hints at what actually needs to be written. Don’t judge the ad too harshly; remember they need a writer.
Think about what you’d want in a writer and decide if you fit that criteria.
Yes, they will want someone with writing and editing skills, and maybe experience. If you’ve got most of those, apply. Know, however, that the person who wants to hire a writer will mostly be looking for someone who feels right to them. Keep in mind too that they may be just as frightened that they won’t find the right person as you are that you won’t land the gig.
Demonstrate you’re interest is in helping them solve their problem rather than looking to them to solve yours and you increase your chances of landing the gig tremendously.
Write well and often,