Problogger Job Board: The Art of Winning Your First Freelancing Gig
One of the easiest ways to get hired as a freelance writer is to apply from Job Boards like Problogger Job Board. Unlike freelancing site like elance.com, most of the job boards postings are meant for long term contract.
In fact, people often counts job boards with freelancing websites as both of them are gold mines of jobs for freelancers. However, both freelancing website and job boards are completely different from each other. Comparing to freelancing websites, contractors approach differently to job boards and their needs from job boards are also different.
Freelancing Website vs. Job Boards
- Long term projects: Unlike freelancing websites, contractors will have to pay an amount for listing the job on popular job boards like Problogger job board. And the listings are kept on the board for a month. So most of the works are for long term and NOT urgent low quality work.
- Easier to apply: Comparing to Freelancing sites, it doesn’t matter if you are a total newbie and haven’t won a gig as freelancer till date . You can easily win the gig if your application stands out.
- Job boards may accept many application: On freelancing sites contractors lists specific jobs, and among the applications contractors receive, they choose one or only a few applications and delegate the work to those selected applicants. However, approach of the contractors to job boards are different. On job boards, contractors get a full month to test and revise the freelancers. So you would lose the job if you won’t keep up with the contractors.
As a freelance writer, I’ve won some good gig from Problogger job board. Here are some of the important tips I’ve learned so far as a freelancer who uses the potential of job boards.
1. Read the job description carefully
Not every jobs are meant for you. If you are like me, not every niche would be easier for you. For e.g. some of the listings would be meant for only native speakers. So better to read the job description carefully before you apply for the job. This tip could be a time saver.
Some of the freelancers have a misconception that applying for many jobs increase their chances to get hired. To be honest, I am not against applying for many but I used to prefer quality of the proposal over quantity.
So sharpen your weapon and hunt only a few of the jobs you liked the most instead of applying for as many as possible.
2. Have a better resume
Applying for a freelancing gig is similar to applying for 9-5 job. You should have a resume attached with the proposal.
I used to customize my resume for different kind of jobs and spice it up as per the requirements of the job. For e.g. if the employer islooking for AdWords experts who had previous experiences in working with AdWords and landing pages. In that case I used to give preferences for my previous experience in AdWords on the resume which clearly tells the employer why he should hire me.
3. Make a cover letter that ‘sells’
If you ask me, which is the most important thing while applying for a job which you found from a job board, then obviously the answer is your cover letter.
I am not a fan of using any template for writing a cover letter as the employer would be getting tons of such cover letter samples created from such templates from other applicants. My favorite method of applying for a job is to be yourselves.
Here are some of the tips I thing your cover letter must have
- Be unique and be yourselves: You are a writer who writes unique and original content, right? So do your cover letters too…
- Research a bit about the employer: Better to know the company or the name to whom you are applying for. Try to understand what all the services the contractor used to provide and craft a cover letter according to it.
- Showcase your portfolio: Note that your sample writings should be on the niche of what employer is looking for. But please don’t be spammy. 3-5 samples are more than enough.
- Mentioning the cost: Some of the freelancers don’t specify the cost per article or cost per words while they pitch. They only talk about the charge after receiving a reply from contractor. In my opinion, both are good, and it is up to you :)
- Tell why you are suitable for the job: Last but not least. Contractors would be getting tons of different proposals from freelancers. So you should be precise about what you could offer and why he or she should hire you.
4. Must have a great portfolio before you apply
If you’ve n’t guest posted on other blogs or if you haven’t had any sample writings on any other websites, it would be harder to get hired.
Though, having your own blog is a big plus but in my experience you’ll need to have your articles published on other blogs, preferably the top blogs in your industry.
If you are looking for more job boards, you’ll definitely have a look at Onibalusi’s article entitled “12 Quality Job Boards Every Writer Should Check Out”
Up to You…
Have you ever applied for a freelancing job on Problogger job board? What’s your experience? Share with us and let us know your thoughts…