Searching for a job in an online media company as a writer is challenging due to the numerous scams and problems that arise during the search. When I was searching for a position as a writer, I discovered that legitimate jobs were difficult to find. Since I started looking for the writing job via a basic online web search, I found that several “companies” were scams and frauds.

It was only after I began looking on websites like Monster that I was able to find out which writing companies offered legitimate online positions for men and women who want to work at home. My search for a writing position took about two months before I was able to secure my current writing job.

The use of technology was an integral part of my job search. Without a computer and Internet, I would not have found a writing job that allowed me to work primarily from home. My job search was completed almost solely online with a laptop computer. I was able to find out which companies were hiring and which allowed working from home as an option. Websites like Monster offered numerous positions that are hiring in my area and a description of the position. The description of the position was especially helpful in narrowing the choices because I could determine which companies were offering a writing position that did not require working in an office and which were solely office work.

The main benefit of using the Internet and a computer to find the writing job I wanted was the ease of searching. Once I learned the process of applying online via numerous websites, I found that I was able to apply to several companies in a short period of time. Websites that specialize in job search were especially helpful because I could apply directly to the position through the website and continue looking.

Looking back, if I needed to apply for my position again and I was applying to a different company, I would make myself stand out from other applicants by spending more time on my writing sample. Writing samples are an integral part of any media position as a writer or editor and since I was still inexperienced when I was looking for a job, the only way to stand out was the writing sample. While I was confident in my writing skills at the time I applied for jobs, looking back on the samples I’ve found that I often wrote more than necessary to make a point.

In my field, technology is a necessity. It helps me connect to other writers via social networking and the company forums. While my field does not require networking for the job position, having a network of other writers who can help me improve my skills and abilities makes technology and connectivity particularly useful.

As with any other job, a writing position requires taking an interview and impressing potential employers. In my personal experience, interviews are often nerve racking and I’ve often made mistakes during the interview process. The mistakes of the interview that stands out most in my mind started with stuttering and went downhill from there. I became so nervous that I was unable to effectively answer the questions.

From that experience, I learned to master my nervousness by taking a slow breath before answering any questions during an interview. It not only helped me get my emotions in order, but it also prevented me from answering questions rashly or stuttering.

In my experience, the professional job search and interview process taught me patience. Before starting my search, I expected instant results and a job within a short period of time. The reality of the search made me realize that even a fast-paced society requires patience before the results of your hard work become evident.

The saying that patience is a virtue might seem old fashioned and clichéd, but I discovered during my search that as I became more impatient, I also became stressed and irritated. This was evident on my writing samples, the work I was presenting and the interviews. When I mastered my emotions and allowed myself to calm down while waiting for results, I found that I was less stressed and consequently less irritated. The lack of irritation resulted in a job much faster than the impatience I had at the beginning of my job search.

In my personal search for a writing job, I did not make use of the Career Services program at my college. Since I was looking for a position that allowed me to use my education while working primarily from home, I did not feel that my college was able to help in my personal situation.

As a young professional, I do not yet have much career experience to guide me. Since I do not need to look back far to see the beginning of my profession, it is challenging to determine at this time whether or not I would make many changes to my past. While that is true, if I had to pick on event that I would redo I would probably focus more of my education on journalism rather than general English studies.

Though English studies have helped in my career, I’ve found that often I need to follow the grammar rules of a journalist rather than the rules of English literature. The result is that I’ve wasted several hours working on learning new grammar rules that I could have avoided if I’d taken more journalism classes in college.

In my personal experience, searching for a professional job has been a learning process. I’ve learned more about technology than I previously knew and I’ve discovered more about myself. While it was stressful, I’ve found that I enjoyed the search.

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