I’ve decided to start this new blog and website in order to find writing and editing work, but in order to get, you must give. So, for my first post on this new blog, here is a rundown of some of my favourite sites for getting job leads and information on writing for a living:
- Freelance Writing Jobs: This site posts a daily roundup of freelance writing job leads from around the internet. Most of the jobs come from Craigslist sites, and not all are what I would call fairly paid, but it’s a good cross-section of freelance and blogging jobs. FWJ also features posts on various aspects of writing for a living, particularly webwriting. (And if you get frustrated with the Craigslist scam scene, head on over to Craigslist Curmudgeon for catharcism.)
- Copyblogger, the blog for web copywriters now has a jobs page. The opportunities are mostly US-based, but there are many that could probably be done from anywhere.
- Jeff Gaulin: This site posts writing and media jobs for Canada. It’s pretty easy to use, although the “freelance” search function can be tricky, I find. If you’re a writer, editor, or journalist, you can promote your site here as well as spy on how others are doing it.
If you don’t belong to one already, it is probably worth joining at least one of the professional associations for access to their jobs boards and e-mail lists, as well as listing in the directory for your specialty area. Some of the big ones for communicators include:
- Editors’ Association of Canada
- Society for Technical Communication
- Public Relations Society – free access to job board
- International Association of Business Communicators
For employers, listing your job or contract with one of these societies ensures that it will be seen by a targeted, qualified community.
If you have other ideas for resources and job sites, please leave them in the comments. Thanks for reading!
Thanks Christine. I appreciate the information.
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This is great Christine – thanks for the info! If you’re looking for more ideas, I’ve just posted some tech writing job resources on my site. Keep up the blogging.
I should have probably also mentioned the government procurement site, BCBid (www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca). They sporadically post RFPs for tech writers and communications contracts. If you can get a group together and look semi-official about it, there might be some opportunities there. Or you can check out who is bidding and try to see if they need help.
thanks for the info. really helpful.