5 Social Media Mistakes That Doom Your Chances of Getting Hired


Social media provides many opportunities to communicate with others, but if you make silly mistakes, you can send the wrong message that tanks your next deal, job, or promotion.

Does your social media profile say you are professional, know what you’re doing, or are just the person to work with on a particular matter? Or does it say you don’t pay attention to detail, have no clear idea of what you want to say, and are scattered and all over the place?

Whether you run a writing business or you’re looking to get hired as a staff writer for some company, your online reputation will speak for you. So make sure it has something nice to say. That’s because, in today’s marketplace, a potential client or employer is very likely to at least glance at your online profile. Don’t expect to just hand over a resume or clips file and be hired based on the work you intentionally share with your potential client or employer. This is the case whether you expect to meet the person for a face-to-face interview or you’ll never actually be in the same space because the work can be handled virtually.

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Grow Your Writing Career Through Your Relationships


Whether you are a freelance writer, marketer, author, or other person who writes words for impact and income, you’ll need to properly leverage relationships if you want your business to grow. Relationships provide access to opportunities. But leveraging relationships isn’t just about asking your friend to put in a good word for you. In fact, there is a proper way to do it. Do it wrong, and you come off as an opportunistic user that nobody wants to help. Do it properly, and you tap into the influence, power, and opportunities contained right now in your relationships — and end up with people who are thrilled to help you.

If you want to grow your business, it’s not enough to work hard or even do a great job. You must know how to relate smart by identifying a need and connecting with someone who has that need.

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3 Critical Tips to Help Protect Your Data and Ideas


Writers spend a lot of time creating.

They’d hate to see those creations lost.

Yet, data disappears every day.

Many of us think getting an antivirus program running is enough. But it’s not.

Here’s what you can do to prevent or minimize the risk of data loss.

Get backup to the backup

This is hugely important. It’s easy to float along expecting nothing bad to happen, but one day you could go to turn on your computer and find that it doesn’t do anything.

I know. It happened to me. With a new computer.

We did a lot of upgrading last year. We bought two computers for our home office, both from a trusted brand. Our old computers, of that same brand, had performed well so we never gave a thought to the possibility that something would go wrong with one of the computers. But it did. Just a few months after purchasing my computer, it died. I didn’t panic too much at first because we had backup. I thought it would just be a matter of downloading my backup files.

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Rewrite the Story of Who You Are

time-for-action-420Unfinished novels are tucked away on his computer. His blog hasn’t seen a new post in months. Writing contest deadlines come and go.

He promises himself he will write.

He wants to.

But doesn’t.

If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. I’ve gotten a flurry of emails lately from people on the Writer’s Living mailing list who feel a bit stuck. They want to write, long to be called writers, dream of selling something one day.

But they live in disappointment and frustration. It seems that everything in life is teaming up against them, to keep them from writing: The kids need attention, the day job is super demanding, the house needs a good cleaning.

It’s not those things that are keeping them from a writing career, though. It’s them.

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5 Ways to Get Repeat Business From Your Clients


So you’ve landed the project. Yay! You do the work, get paid. And then … nothing. You don’t hear from the client again. If this sounds familiar, then you can increase your client retention rate by tweaking your business processes.

It might not be that the client isn’t interested in working work with you again. It might be that you’ve not invited the client to work with you again.

Build a relationship, not just handle a sales transaction.

Clients often are busy people who are distracted by other pressing matters in their lives — work, family, etc. Your client may have another project that needs to be done, but he may be too distracted to realize it or may not realize that other project is coming up pretty quickly. He may only be able to see the urgent matters right in front of him — the fires that are burning now — and not be able to plan ahead to avoid future projects becoming fires.

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Why You Will Need to Approach Your Relationships Differently to Succeed in 2013


We’re in a bit of a strange place. We can have access to more people than ever before, thanks to social media, but the quality of our actual relationships is declining. That is because while we can contact more people, we aren’t connecting with them. Not in a meaningful way. If you do anything online — run a business, promote your books, look for consulting clients, etc. — you’ll need to change this dynamic in the year ahead.

That is because our Twitter feeds, inboxes, Facebook pages, and other points of contact are being filled with messages we can never read or respond to — and really aren’t all that interested in — because we don’t know the people sending them. Sure, they may be on our friend list, but they are no friends.

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Why You Need to ‘Hurt in Your Talent’


“Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” — Henry Van Dyke


Who wants to sing when Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, or Beyonce are belting out tunes? Not many of us would feel confident to stand next to them and raise our voices. But you know what? Many singers of lesser talent do perform and make a very good living. They’ve figured out something that can help you in your career: Success isn’t for only the great.

If you aspire to write, or sing, or speak, or paint, or anything else, but kind of hold back because you don’t think you’re as good as the most widely known or the undeniable greats, then get a bit of confidence. You don’t have to be great. But you go out there and work your butt off and find an audience all the same. You can produce your own best effort and find that people want to hear from you, too. And in the process, you may just become great.

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