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Friday, February 6, 2009

Good Morning Canada!

It’s Friday – and with it we have a whole new crop of projects and jobs to choose from.

Canada

Web Writers and Editors Wanted – Toronto, High Park
Company:  Web Impact for lifestylemagazine.ca
Link:  http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/dispjb_eng.aspx?OrderNum=4267260&Source=JobPosting
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, full-time
Key Requirements:  University, work samples
Compensation:  TBD with benefits

Junior Web and Marketing Material Writer – Vancouver
Company:  Hays hiring for company
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1022719596.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Blogging, understanding of web technologies
Compensation:  TBD

Press Release and Copy Editor – Vancouver
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1022434786.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, short project and maybe ongoing projects
Key Requirements:  Portfolio and background in writing
Compensation:  TBD

Nail Care Site Needs Writer
Company:  New Site about nail care
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1023066644.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Experience in nail care industry
Compensation:  TBD

USA

Coin Talk – Blogger
http://jobs.problogger.net/view/2013

Expert in Building Technical and Construction Matters
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wri/1022227874.html

Pregnant Writers, 0.15 cents per word
http://dallas.craigslist.org/mdf/wrg/1022159411.html

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Canada

Positive News Writer Wanted – Vancouver
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/1021005197.html
Key Requirements: send an e-mail with ideas
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not Stated
Compensation:  TBD

Erotic Ezine Seeks Writers
Company:  Erotic Erotica
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1021446240.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not Stated
Key Requirements:  Asking for original work, you may want to write for more guidelines
Compensation:  TBD

Gaming Writer Wanted – Markham
Company:  Clipwire
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/yrk/wri/1020952299.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite… with FOOD!
Key Requirements:  Writing skill, HTML, CSS, basic Photoshop skills, some knowledge of a programming language
Compensation:  Competitive

Content Writer for Financial Company – Toronto
Company:  conceptpayments.com
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1020865794.html
Key Requirements:  none listed
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not stated, e-mail for more
Compensation:  TBD
Freelance Sportswriters – Toronto
Company:  PA SportsTicker
Link:  Click on this – long link
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute, but must be from Toronto
Key Requirements:  Have a love for sports and ability to cover events
Compensation:  TBD

USA

Chemistry and Medicine Background Writer
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/wrg/1020768124.html

Poker Writers
http://lasvegas.craigslist.org/wri/1020458830.html

Environmental Science Writer/Editor
http://maine.craigslist.org/wri/1020199703.html

Wednesday, February 4 2009

Your ad clicks have spoken – the new format wins.  Thank you and I wish you the best of luck with today’s leads!

Canada

Proofread my Manuscript – Toronto
Company:  Individual
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1020027171.html
Key Requirements:  Can edit
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Compensation:  $50.00

Full-Time Writer – Toronto
Company:  Agency
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1019539157.html
Key Requirements:  Not given (?)
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Compensation:  $32,000 with $5000 raise after 3 months

Experienced Copywriter – Toronto
Company:  Agency
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1019482601.html
Key Requirements:  Can be the voice of a brand that lives to win (translation – they need a writer to make themselves sound less cheesy).
Onsite/Telecommute:  I’m going to guess onsite so that you can proofread the boss’ poetry to his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.  I’m sure it’s epic.
Compensation:  Hourly rate depending on experience

Writer for Employment Related Topics
Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1019480626.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Telecommute
Key Requirements:  Familiar with NOC, CP style and plain language
Compensation:  Per Piece

5-6 Week Web Writing Contract – Toronto
Company:  Agency
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1019099171.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, downtown
Key Requirements:  Degree in Journalism, 2 years experience, SEO copywriting experience
Compensation:  Open

USA

Sports Bloggers Needed – 10.00 per post
http://www.barefootstudent.com/index/listings/page18334.htm

Freelance Report Writing – 15.00 per hour
http://www.postjobfree.com/Job.aspx?id=681376a546414ed2b554bf6990aaa823

Personal Finance Writers
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/wrg/1019126630.html

Tuesday, February 3 2009

After a bit of a lacklustre day yesterday, I’m switching it up to a formula that I think makes sense – details for the Canadian jobs, no major details for the the US telecommute jobs.  The telecommute jobs are usually “TBD” anyway for pay and such.  Where they do mention pay, I’ll post the rate.

A quick note on rates – my threshold for posting on this blog is 10.00 per post for blogging jobs and $30.00 and up for articles.  If you find out that any of these jobs are paying less than that, e-mail me and I will remove them.  Please also e-mail me if you apply to any of these positions and you are rejected because you are Canadian.

Canada

Technical Writer – Banff
Company:  The Banff Centre
Link:  http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/dispjb_eng.aspx?OrderNum=4262177&Source=JobPosting
Requirements:  University, 2-3 years experience
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Full-Time
Compensation:  3300-3700 monthly.

Creative Writer – Cornwall
Company: Corus
Link:  Creative Writer
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Temporary
Key Requirements:  Writing skills, usual office skills
Compensation:  Not Stated

Managing Editor – Toronto
Company:  Student Newspaper
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/1018105278.html
Key Requirements:  Journalistic leader who is a team player with long-range vision.  Wait… Superman?
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, Part-Time
Compensation:  $16.00/hr

USA

Health & Weight-Loss Blogger
http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/wrg/1018702761.html

McGraw-Hill Education Seeks Freelance Writers/Bloggers
https://mh.taleo.net/careersection/3/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=325349&src=JB-11420

Tips for Beginning Writers

So you want to be a writer.  Chances are good you have a bunch of poetry either in an old-school notebook or on LiveJournal somewhere.  You may even have some awesome marks from your English classes and teachers and family members encouraging you to be a writer.  So.  How to get started?

1. Baby Steps

While most part or full-time writing jobs require a degree to get started, a lot of the jobs posted here in blogging or article writing do not.  The best way to tell if you really want to be a writer is not to watch Sex and the City reruns until your couch caves in but to actually get out there and write for money.  It won’t be a lot to start off with, but you’ll build your portfolio gradually with a few pieces and even a few substantive jobs here and there if you work at it hard enough.  After doing a few pieces you’ll be able to decide if you have the taste and the talent for being a writer.  Keep your day job as a barista though – this just won’t pay the rent yet.

2. Choose a Program

I was lucky enough to actually have a “Creative Writing” program at my local University.  Looking back, I probably would have gone into Journalism.  Journalism is what most mainstream folk think when they think of writers.  A Journalism degree also gives you solid research skills, which you will need in order to make it as a writer.  Given the plethora of jobs that ask for a degree of some description, I would highly recommend that you at least go to your local college and get a Journalism degree, or University if you can afford it.

Since you’ll have a portfolio at this point, you can continue to grow it with the odd piece here and there or through internships that you get through your school.  By the time you are done with your education, you’ll have a solid portfolio and an education which are both equally important to your success.

3.  Search for Gigs/Jobs

The portfolio and degree are your tools to get in the door.  You have to go out and find work, it will not find you.  Don’t rely on sites like this to do all of the work for you – we don’t scour every single job board and post everything in the world every day.  No, there just aren’t enough ad dollars flowing our way to do that.  Use those research skills to search out other sites and spend at least an hour a day going through them and applying for gigs.

There’s a good argument for finding an actual full-time writing job for the first few years out of school to pay off your student loan debts.  The student loan debts themselves are reason enough, but you also don’t really want the hassle of owning your own business until you’ve learned the ropes of your trade.  Spending a few years at a job will also make you really appreciate the freedom of freelancing once you get there.

These are just suggestions that I would have written to my twenty year old self.  You are free to chart your own course.  Whatever it is, good luck and keep checking back for more gigs.