Category Archives: job application tips

Content Mills

I’m seeking additional writing or editing work and have again run into the content mills. I’m using Indeed.com as a job board which seems reasonable considering their size, however, they, too, list employers who offer as little as one cent … Continue reading

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Assessment Tests

Rockhounding site here: https://southwestrockhounding.com Assessment Tests From my writing website: https://thomasfarleywriting.com Assessment tests are often required but results depend on the writing style and preferences of the test writer. Or the guide they use. CMOS? AP? MLA? Importantly, will the tester … Continue reading

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Why Do You Have Ads on Your Site?

The most unprofessional thing a job applicant or anyone showing off their work can have on their website are ads. It is absolutely devastating to see fine writing or photography mixed in with ads that talk about emptying your bowels … Continue reading

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An Excellent Guide to Writing Cover Letters and to Making Pitches

Format Magazine is out with a great page on pitching editors: https://www.format.com/magazine/resources/art/how-to-get-published-advice (external link) They advise most of what I’ve recommended over the years but I’d add a few things. Consider making two or three pitches in an e-mail. An … Continue reading

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One Cent a Word?! What You Should Be Doing Instead

This recently hit Craigslist. It’s entitled “Ghost Writers Wanted.”  I thought it the bottom of the wage floor at one penny a word. But then I remembered I wrote another post which looked at 6/10ths of a cent a word. (internal … Continue reading

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A Plea From Facebook for Editing Leads and My Response (You’ve Heard This Before)

I don’t have any leads, sorry. If you don’t have one, my best advice is to work on a website that shows off your writing and editing skills. You need an online portfolio that a potential employer can look at … Continue reading

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Poll: Would You Consider LinkedIn For Seeking Freelance Work?

LinkedIn starts at $24.95 a month. Would you consider it for seeking freelance work? If you are using it right now, and you’ve been successful, vote yes.

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Flexjobs.com Update

I’m not renewing my membership with Flexjobs.com. (internal link). I did get some continuing work from them but for the last several months they have flooded me with e-mails about jobs I’m not qualified for. No, I don’t speak Mandarin, … Continue reading

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Ghostwriting for an Online Dating Service?

Through flexjobs.com (internal link) I applied for a part-time writing position at ViDA, virtualdatingassistants.com. Though I didn’t get hired, I think the experience was fun and fair. ViDA sells men on “Done For You Online Dating,” with ghostwriters handling most … Continue reading

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Age Discrimination

It may be foolish to complain about things you can’t control but it may be equally foolish to ignore things that are totally egregious. Business Insider (external link) has the story of a top Apple engineer who retired and then … Continue reading

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