As a Senior Content Specialist (whatttt??!! I can’t believe I’m already a Senior!!), I’ve been interviewing candidates to fill the Copywriter position at my company. Oh, how the tables have turned. Mwahahaha
The initial phone screen is conducted by the recruiter, and then the second interview is in person with me, colleagues, and my boss.
I’m honestly shocked at some of the people who pass the first round.
First off, if your resume is more than a page long, you better have done some amazing crap in your life that couldn’t be shortened to one page. If you’ve had a lot of little jobs that have nothing to do with writing, then I don’t care. Leave them off.
If you’re applying for a Copywriter position, guess what, I care a freakin lot about your layout, grammar, and spelling. If your resume is cluttered and confusing, that’s how I’m going to judge your character and the work you produce.
(How are these people passing the first round?! Maybe we need a new recruiter.)
The last thing I’m looking for is your career and personal alignment with this position and the company as a whole. I don’t want to hire anyone who’s just looking for a job. I’m looking for someone who really loves writing and wants to write as their career. Not someone who’s just looking for a foot in the door.
I understand that some people don’t know what they want in life or they really love acting, but it’s an unstable profession. Thus, they need $$$. If that’s the case, convince me why I should hire you.
Don’t say, “I need money.”
Do say, “I always loved writing, and I want to pursue it as a career, even though I have no previous professional experience.”
Do say, “I love acting, but it’s not a priority right now. My other passion is writing and I really want to put my all into it.”
Don’t lie to me, but there must be a reason why you’re applying for a writing job. If you literally just need money, look elsewhere. I think Starbucks is hiring. I’m just kidding. Kind of.