There are certain tips you need to know if you are a content writer. Many people are hired and don’t need switching. But many are those too who look for work every now and then. There must be some times in your life when you wanted to apply for a position in the category of content writing, but, due to minor errors in your resume you were not selected. Even sometimes, it is not a matter of errors; it is about how appealing your CV is. A resume plays an important role when it comes to getting hired. The minor errors or inappropriate format becomes a hurdle for you. To get rid of these problems, we have something important and basic for your resume. Following are the tips for those writers who want to improve their resume format and the content details mentioned inside.
“First impression is the last impression.” Yes! This is true in this case. Basically, one creates a reflection of his/her writing skills through his/her resume. Mention your own details which include name, education status, email address and phone number at the top of your resume. So the person reading your resume would be able to communicate with you easily, once he knows your personal data.
2. Writing Skills:
First thing first, if you are a content writer then your resume should be free of errors like grammatical errors, punctuation errors and paraphrasing errors. This is the reflection of your writing so you need to be extra careful while writing the resume. Long story short, the writing skills must be perfect!
The reader is never interested in the stories of your journey towards content writing. You should always keep the resume short and concise. There shouldn’t be any details about the feelings you had when you started it for the first time. Keep it to the point. Give timelines according to the experiences you have had. Try to write in bullet form rather than in paragraphs.
Never miss out on your experiences especially of the articles that were posted on internet. Always mention the places where you worked before and attach the links of your writings. This creates a professional impact on the reader. Also mention your fluency with content management systems (CMS) and related software.
5. Other Essentials:
Do not write extra details in the beginning of your resume. You need to give your education timeline, your personal interests and other skills at the end. The reader is least interested to know how good you are at the things that do not relate to content writing. He has nothing to do with the other data so always mention his field of interest on the top.
These were some basic tips one should know before creating a resume. If you get selected and get short listed for an interview then, are you prepared enough to cross the river? There are many types of interviews like stress interview, call interview, panel interview, group interview etc. You must buckle up for every race you stand for. So, we have some basics that will help you win every type of race. Let us proceed to the 5 important points that a content writer must know if he has to appear in an interview.
Talking about any interview, it is necessary to be punctual. A person is always judged by the organization of his life. Organizing needs times and proper usage of time is the key of management. Punctuality is the most attractive thing as a content writer because this tells how serious you are with tight deadlines. In order to impress the interviewer, you need to appear before time.
Since content writing itself is not a really formal job, therefore, a semi informal look would do just fine. But this does not mean that you go for an interview in a complete informal look. Choose the outfit you think you look best in. There is no need to be extra formal with clothing and accessories but make sure you don’t dress up like you are heading for a party. Keep it medium.
3. Tell About Yourself:
This is 95% the first asked question in an interview. The motive behind this question is to analyze your personality. Most of the people think the interviewer wants to know about your personal details but that’s not the case. It is a very simple question but people always find it the most confusing one as it is open ended. You should start with your schooling and studies. Mention your interests and speak confidently.
4. Strong And Weak Points:
This question is sometimes difficult for people to answer. Some people even fear that if they tell their weak points, it might result in losing the job opportunity. However, there is a trick to answer this question which will save you from negative impressions. Convey such points as your weak ones that they seem like your strong points. For example, tell them you are a stickler for grammar. This is a big plus point for you as a content writer.
5. Knowledge Of SEO:
If you have mentioned your skills for SEO then it is preferred that you give a thorough read to all the basics before you leave for an interview. You should know every detail about it because if the interviewer is an expert of SEO, it might be a bad luck for you if you don’t have the same level of information.
The above key points are easy to learn. Once you get a firm hold on all these tips, the interview procedure is going to be easy for you. Get a control on your appearance, talking skills and your wittiness; you will easily clear the interviews. Work a little hard on all the tips mentioned above. You will surely feel a change in your personality when you will appear for an interview.
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