Projects I worked on during the week of Nov. 16, 2014

Rather than doing an hourly breakdown or a daily breakdown of my freelance life, this week I figured I’d share with you my project breakdown! These are the projects I worked on this week: Edited a manuscript and created content for the back-of-the-book blurb. Updated and managed social media for a client. Conducted a website…

How do I ask for testimonials?

Last week we talked about why testimonials are important for freelancers. Now it’s time to discuss how to request testimonials from your clients! Here are some tips for asking for testimonials from clients: Ask for testimonials from clients with whom you have an established relationship and history. I was working part-time as a freelancer for…

Why do freelancers need testimonials?

All freelancers can benefit from having testimonials and recommendations for their work. Just as you wouldn’t hire someone as an employee until you did a few reference checks, you also want to make sure that your freelancer is highly recommended by their past clients. Getting freelance gigs is a little bit different with each client….

The Skills We Bring to the Table

Editing is HARD… but you make it look so easy! – One of my client’s who creates academic worksheets, web copy, and manuscripts. When one of my clients made the above comment about my work, it made my day – and it also reminded me that not everyone can do what I do. I think…

How to network effectively

I recently returned from the Editors’ Association of Canada conference in Toronto. It was wonderful! I had such a great time: learned a lot during the sessions, got to see plenty of Toronto, and met some lovely people. As with any conference, networking was an important part of this one. I’ve been to a number…

Five Tips for Writing a Resume

Over the past couple of years, I have had the great opportunity to review close to (or perhaps more than) 100 resumes and cover letters. When you receive 40 resumes and you have to narrow it down to interview just four of the people who submitted resumes, things get very interesting indeed. Here are five…

Why Editing & Proofreading Are Important

I use Grammarly’s plagiarism checker because coming up with new ideas makes all of us better writers! Writing is, of course, a crucial part of creating content – whether it’s an email, a resume, a report, an essay, or other documentation – but by no means is it the only part of creating content! Editing…

“I misspoke” vs. “you misunderstood”

On the radio last week, a local politician was being interviewed regarding a controversy where she had apparently said something that was not true. The radio played a recording featuring her saying “a hotel will be built,” which turned out to be false. While I was listening, she was interviewed and asked to comment on…

How to Give Good Interview

At my job, one of the fun tasks I get to do is look over resumes, select people for interviews, and interview them. I really enjoy this – the hiring process is absolutely fascinating! It’s also taught me that many of us could use some helpful tips on resumes, cover letters, and interviews. So today…

Types of Presentations

When giving a presentation, the type of presentation you do depends on your audience, timeframe, topic, and much more. Here’s a breakdown of some common types of presentations and a few examples of what they might be best-suited for: Lecture (with or without handouts). When there’s just one or two people standing at the front…

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