Canadian Freelance Writing Jobs

Wednesday November 19th, 2008

Late but in earnest I bring you… Wednesday November 19th 2008!  Seriously though 2:30 is a little late for the leads.  Sorry guys and I’ll make up for it with a nice meaty page you can sink your teeth into tomorrow.

Canada

Senior Copywriter – Toronto

Company:  Agency
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/925366894.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Experience working with a designer, agency experience
Compensation:  Not Stated

Science Technical Writer – Vancouver

Company:  Genebase
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/924879641.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Degrees as stated in ad
Compensation:  TBD

USA

Anti-Spam Blogger

Company:  Allspammedup.com
Link:  http://jobs.problogger.net/view/1841
Key Requirements:  Interest in anti-spam, phishing and other such matters
Compensation:  TBD

Several Writers Interested in Web Design/SEO etc.

Company:  optimum-interactive.com
Link:  http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/wrg/925189239.html
Key Requirements:  Some expertise in subjects listed in ad
Compensation:  TBD
Note:  I didn’t call this guy because I figure he will be inundated with phone calls.  Your call though (oooo – bad pun alert).

Tuesday, November 18

Between copywriting and gay porn it is an exciting list today!  Get ready…

Canada

Content/Copy Writer – Vancouver

Company:  Austeresoft
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/923652182.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, full-time
Key Requirements:  Marketing background, writing skill set, environmental awareness
Compensation:  Negotiable

Part-Time Content Specialist – Surrey

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/923164542.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, part-time
Key Requirements:  Creative mind and a passion for learning
Compensation:  $15-$22 per hour

Editor-In-Chief Downtown Toronto

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/923561250.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  5-10 years writing experience, three years in a chief role preferably in online publishing
Compensation:  TBD

Small Multimedia Company Seeking Writers

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/yrk/wri/923837519.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not Stated
Key Requirements:  Not Stated
Compensation:  Not Stated

USA

IT Certified Professionals

Company: Not Stated
Link:  http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/wrg/922964287.html
Key Requirements:  Certified in one of the listed languages
Compensation:  Not Stated

Gay Porn Blogger

Company:  straightboyworship.com
Link:  http://seattle.craigslist.org/see/wrg/923750775.html
Key Requirements:  Interest in gay porn, some social media background
Compensation:  $100.00 per week

Writers on Call

Company:  Not Listed
Link:  http://stlouis.craigslist.org/wri/923573999.html
Key Requirements:  Strong portfolio, writing background
Compensation:  0.01 to 0.03 cents a word

Home Automation Blogger

Company:  Smartlife
Link:  http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/wrg/923321042.html
Key Requirements:  Specialist in home automation, gifted writer
Compensation:  $25 to $150 per post

Monday, November 18th 2008

Just saw Quantum of Solace last night.  This movie had great writing!  It is so rare to find a movie with an actual plot anymore.  I would highly recommend it to my fellow writers.

Canada

Fashion Magazine – Vancouver

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/920244959.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Not stated, asks that the applicant be from Vancouver
Key Requirements:  Love for fashion, ability to work alone or on a team
Compensation:  Part-time contract

Writers and Assistant Editor

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/921654346.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, full-time
Key Requirements:  See ad, degree from recognized University
Compensation:  $40,000 plus for writers, $80,000 for Assistant Editor

USA

Educational Magazine Seeks Writers

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://richmond.craigslist.org/wri/920472836.html
Key Requirements:  Experience in the educational field
Compensation:  Not Stated

Writing For Business Owners

There are a lot of us writers out there that you can hire to write your website or collateral copy.  Generally, we are awesome at what we do and will give you better results than you expected.  Heck, some of us may even give you new ideas for your business that you just wouldn’t have come up with on your own.  However, if you are just starting your business and either don’t want a writer or just can’t afford one at the moment, here are a few free tips to help you along.

1.  Don’t Cut and Paste

What works in a brochure will not work on a website and vice versa.  Despite the plethora of internet marketers who insist on that bastion of hellish evil called a “landing page”, you don’t want your website to be an endless string of sales jargon.  You want to save the hyperbole and distill it all into a “call to action” rather than spending pages of valuable web space on stuff that will make your users click off faster than you ran after your best friend’s mother when you were 16.  However, that shit skates in brochures.  Don’t ask me why – I have simply been told this by learned people who are wiser than I in the ways of the marketing.  Yes, the same stuff that irritates and insults web users keeps a brochure reader rapt with attention.  The important thing for you to note is that the two mediums deserve two unique styles and while there is more to it than this, this will at least get you started.

2.  Grammar and Spelling Matter

I was recently sitting in a lobby waiting for a job interview when I noticed that a very prominent sign which boasted only a couple of short sentences commited at least three grammar and spelling sins.  Now kids, if you are going to go to the trouble of putting a sign in your lobby, it should have the Queen’s English on it and not the ramblings of a person who grammar has forgot.  Most word processing programs have a grammar and spell checker.  Turn both on and make sure that you don’t just hit “ignore” when the wavy little lines pop up.  Assume that the software knows better than you do and make changes until the little wavy lines go away.

Why are you bothering to do this?  Professionalism.  No matter how little your company has to do with writing, the media or other related industries, poor writing makes your company look unprofessional.  You shouldn’t let anything get out to your consumers that makes you look anything less than completely polished.  Hiring a professional writer will help you fulfill this goal, but until you can get there just try to make sure of it on your own.

3.  Keep it Interesting

While you may be simply amazed by the engineering behind your product, don’t be surprised if nobody else is.  Most people just want to know that your product is going to do something desirable for them.  If you can convince them that it will, you will sell it.  Extolling the virtues of the technology behind the product will only work on a certain segment of the population, usually those who idolized Mr. Scott as a kid.  Engineers, I am totally talking to you.  The rest of the world just couldn’t give a flying shit that your springs are chromium-emblazoned with the image of the Christ Child and this is how you can teleport chocolate directly into the mouths of hungry children of the Earth.  They just want the goddamned chocolate.

They also like cute stories and humour.  Injecting both into your marketing materials will keep the attention of your shoppers and earn their loyalty.

That’s all I’ve got for now.  If anyone out there can think of any other tips that you would care to share with the people that will hire you and me in the future, feel free to post them in the comments.

Friday November 14, 2008

For those of you who spend your weekend working, here are some jobs late on your Friday.  I’ll be working myself so you can take comfort in the fact that one other soul is out there doing the same thing you are.

Canada

Copywriter/Editor – Toronto

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/wri/919063730.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite, full-time
Key Requirements:  Related degree, 1-2 years experience
Compensation:  Not Stated

Web Managing Editor – Richmond

Company:  Sage Software
Link:  http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/wri/918430872.html
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  Many.  See ad.
Compensation:  Not Stated

Web Content Manager – Richmond – Contract Position 9-12 months

Note:  While this looks like a duplicate, it may not be – worth applying to both.
Company:  Not Stated (Agency recruiting for client)
Link:  http://www.workopolis.com/EN/job/10463526
Onsite/Telecommute:  Onsite
Key Requirements:  2 years content management experience
Compensation:  Not Stated

USA

ESL Site Help

Company:  Not Stated
Link:  http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/wrg/917607224.html
Key Requirements:  Take a picture, write 2-3 paras about it
Compensation:  $10.00 a pic and words – a bit cheap but dead easy