Most of the writing job leads I have been posting here in this blog require you to apply for jobs online. If you are new to the game, you might want to keep these job application tips in mind:

-Google is your friend. When you find a job online, don’t assume that the company or employer is legitimate. Run a quick Google search on any email addresses, company names, or employer names to find out as much as you can about a potential employer. Use Whois to track who owns company websites.

-Look out for scams online. Not all jobs posted online are legitimate. If you can’t find out anything about a potential employer, proceed with caution. Send a preliminary email asking for more information or use a generic, free email address at first, until you can confirm that an employer is legitimate. Never give out your personal information until you are assured that you are dealing with a legitimate company. Never pay for the opportunity to get a job. There are lots of jobs online, so if something seems fishy or suspect, you are often better off looking for another job rather than risking identity theft.

-Put your best foot forward. Once you have found legitimate job opportunities, make sure that you make a good impression. Craft a good cover letter and resume and spend a few extra dollars to get a personalized e-mail address. Use your free Yahoo or gmail address for companies that you are not sure about. For legitimate companies, use a personalized email address, such as janedoe@janedoe.com. It makes you look more professional.

-Keep your email out of spam filters. Unless a company gives you the go-ahead, copy and paste your resume and samples into the body of your email. Some email programs are set not to accept attachments.

-Follow directions. If an employer wants to see clips, be sure to send them. If you are asked to send a resume or are asked to use a specific subject line in your email, be sure to follow directions to the letter. Some companies may automatically dismiss your application if you don’t follow the rules.

-Tailor your application to the company. Take a few extra minutes to highlight your most relevant experience in your cover letter and quickly rearrange your resume so that your most attractive experience and education are very visible. This makes your application far more effective and helps you stand out over other applicants.

1) http://jobs.freelanceswitch.com/ — Lots of freelance jobs here. Be sure to scroll down to see the writing and blogging gigs.

2) http://jobs.iabc.com/home/index.cfm?site_id=65 – A jobs site for those in the PR industry. Writing jobs sometimes crop up here.

3) http://www.online-writing-jobs.com/ — This is one of the more established writing job banks. Sometimes has many low-paying gigs, but decent jobs do show up here.

4) http://www.bbboston.org/pageJobs.cfm — The Bookbuilders of Boston list a number of writing and editing jobs.

5) http://www.simplyhired.com/ — This general job site allows you to search many millions of jobs. Usually, they have a good selection of writing and freelance writing gigs.

6) http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=24 – The Absolute Write forum is a great resource. The job board occasionally posts writing jobs.

7) http://dailyjoblist.telecommuting-writing-jobs.com/2007/10/telecommuting-writing-jobs-freelance_03.html — Telecommuting writing jobs, listed every day.

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