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Younger Workers Need a Career Narrative

Younger Workers Need a Career Narrative | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Here's how to build one.

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Article is focused on having a career story in the workforce, but the same concepts apply to someone who is doing freelancing, and trying to sell themselves to potential clients. Great information! 

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Karen Dietz's comment, February 22, 2013 3:14 PM
Glad you like it Dennis and you find it useful! Have a wonderful weekend :)
streetsmartprof's curator insight, March 12, 2013 7:17 PM

I am repeating Karen Dietz's insights from below, says it all for me...

 

Hey -- we ALL need a career narrative! And it is a story that continually shifts and changes over time as we add experience, wisdom, and talent.

 

I really like this article because it explains exactly what a career narrative is, why we need one, and how to create it.

 

And there are great examples shared.

 

I particulary like the point that a career narrative -- or bio or 'About' page -- needs to meaningfully link your past successes with your near + long term goals, AND suggest the kinds of assignments that would help you achieve those goals.

 

If you have difficulty sharing the story of your career journey, if you need a better bio or 'About' page, then use these tips and examples to craft a better story!

Chris Morales's curator insight, March 27, 2013 11:36 AM

Some good tips on how to tell your career story more effectively #jobs

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Some Sites That Hire Freelance Writers

Some Sites That Hire Freelance Writers | Online Writing | Scoop.it
I wrote this one a few months ago, I’ll post Part 2 here in a little bit. All of the markets listed are (as far as i know, anyway) still current.
I’m updating the lists of sites buying content as they...
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A good list of places to go for freelance writing gigs. 

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Why Most Writing Tips Are Useless (and How to Really Up Your Game)

Why Most Writing Tips Are Useless (and How to Really Up Your Game) | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Jon Morrow explains how we need to use different skill sets, which he calls "hats," when we write a blog post. We start with the architect, with an outline and move through different hats, ending with the artisan, who perfects the words to the best possible artistic effect.  Want to improve your writing skills? These 6 Writing Hats will totally transform the way you think about your craft.
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Jon Morrow explains how we need to use different skill sets, which he calls "hats," when we write a blog post. We start with the architect, with an outline and move through different hats, ending with the artisan, who perfects the words to the best possible artistic effect.  

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Jon Morrow explains how we need to use different skill sets, which he calls "hats," when we write a blog post. We start with the architect, with an outline and move through different hats, ending with the artisan, who perfects the words to the best possible artistic effect.  

Brian S's curator insight, November 12, 9:45 AM

Great content means getting it right, more so now than ever before!

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Is This Insidious Affliction Shrinking Your Freelance Writing Income?

Is This Insidious Affliction Shrinking Your Freelance Writing Income? | Online Writing | Scoop.it
When you start out as a freelance writer, there’s a lot to learn. I know when I got back into freelance writing in 2005, I subscribed to dozens of email newsletters and spent hours every day, reading, watching videos, and attending live events.
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Carol Tice brings out another excellent post: this time on how learning about the writing field is good, but it can take over, and stop us from actually going out and WRITING! Too much learning can paralyze us and stop us from DOING! 

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How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days

How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Learn tips and tricks on how to write an eBook from scratch, write every day and actually finish it in 30 days.
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This book is for writing an e-book, which can be a big part of online writing. Many bloggers will use a free e-book to boost their subscription lists. As well, many writers will create an e-book and then market it online, either through their blog or another sales page. 

This article gives some excellent strategies for getting that book done!  

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How I Wrote a $2,000 Freelance Article in 1 Week Flat

How I Wrote a $2,000 Freelance Article in 1 Week Flat | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Most freelance writers I know have some dream magazines they’d looove to write a freelance article for. I’m no different.
For years, I’ve wanted to move up from writing for Entrepreneur to writing for Forbes.
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Freelance writer Carole Tice shares how she was able to get a much-coveted magazine article for Forbes magazine written quickly, in spite of many obstacles. 

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The Most Important Part of the Creative Life | Goins, Writer

The Most Important Part of the Creative Life | Goins, Writer | Online Writing | Scoop.it
When the spotlight is on you, it's important to remember the most important part of this life: space. There are three types every creative must pay attention to.
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I have just discovered an amazing writer, Jeff Goins, who writes about writing, and creativity, and dreams. This is one of his blog post, about us creative people needing space in order to work the best. Beautifully written, and can't wait to read more from him! 

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Finding A Perpetual Source for Fresh Content For Your Blog

Finding A Perpetual Source for Fresh Content For Your Blog | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Resources for aspiring, new and established solopreneurs. ... to Find Your Perfect Niche · 6 Cool Examples of Successful Niche Businesses · Coaching vs. Consulting vs. Training vs. Freelancing: Which One Is Best For You?
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Magazines do it all the time: reuse the same articles over and over again, but just lightly revamped. 

 

How to do it in your blog posts: just keep writing very similar content but change up the details, names and titles. 

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Exciting Amazon Tool Helps You Recycle Your Articles

Exciting Amazon Tool Helps You Recycle Your Articles | Online Writing | Scoop.it
If you’re making money as a freelance writer online then you’re already creating titles and topics and pitching them to new and existing clients, who will feature and publish your article for pay.
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An exciting tool from Amazon called Amazon Comic Creator makes publishing an e-book even easier. The free downloadable tool allows you to publish an e-book, with pictures, and even videos, ready for the Kindle market. 

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Wipebook ... Dry Erase Notebook ... Use it Again and Again!

Wipebook  ... Dry Erase Notebook ... Use it Again and Again! | Online Writing | Scoop.it
If you write a lot in notebooks, chances are you have a large pile of the things. Some notes are worth saving, but others you could do without after awhile.

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Sharilee Swaity's curator insight, December 22, 2013 5:25 PM

What a perfect idea for making notes that you don't necessarily need to keep. One of the commentators mentioned that he could write notes for class, and then type them up later. Love this idea! 

 

This would be great for writers (like me) who write a lot of notes for a project, and then get rid of them, afterwards. Paper saver! 

Sharilee Swaity's comment, December 22, 2013 5:27 PM
Perfect writer's tool for making notes for a project!
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Generate traffic in 50 different ways, including Scoop.it!

Generate traffic in 50 different ways, including Scoop.it! | Online Writing | Scoop.it
re you struggling to get more traffic? Believe me, I know how you feel. You’ve probably tried all techniques and methods you find on Internet but nothing works and you are not receiving desired number of visitors.

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Whether you have a blog or website, or both, it is important to find multiple sources of traffic. Here is a list of 50 methods, some which may be new to you. Definitely worth keeping this list. Not all will work for you, but find the ways that work for you!  

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Information Age Technology LLC's curator insight, December 10, 2013 1:09 PM

Great online marketing tips.

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How to Instantly Revive Old Blog Content

How to Instantly Revive Old Blog Content | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Blog post at Rebekah Radice : One of the greatest challenges for bloggers is content creation. The second greatest challenge is what happens after that content is created[..]

Via Sue Neal, Lisa Buben
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These are terrific ideas for reusing your old content. From making Pinterest-targeted image to creating a slideshare on the ideas of your article. There really is no need to run out ideas! 

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Summary Writing Hints and Tips That Get Great Results

The summary may not be as glamorous as the title or as fulfilling as the article itself, but it’s still important to your article’s overall success.
The summary is your hook to get readers to click on your article.

Via Thomas Faltin
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Writing a summary is one of the those things that we all need to do as online writers, but doing it is often harder that it seems. Here is some good advice for firinishing up your article with a good summary. 

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Writing Blog Content That Google Wants Is Completely Different To Just Writing Content and Here's Why

Writing Blog Content That Google Wants Is Completely Different To Just Writing Content and Here's Why | Online Writing | Scoop.it

Google has put a firm emphasis on quality content to measure SEO rankings. What this means is that you have to add content that is informative and engages readers. But what type of content is Google actually looking for? This article outlines key factors to help you deliver the type of quality content that Google is asking for.The content you add to your website is crucial to your search engine ranking. In order to perform well the content must offer something to the reader. That can mean that the content is either entertaining or informative and offers the reader something of value. Google is searching for websites that provide internet users with a superior user-experience – and part of that includes what your content gives to the reader....


Via Jeff Domansky
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Writing for Google means writing things that are meaningful, and informative to the reader. 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, October 6, 2013 3:26 AM

With the new Google algorithm changes, your content must be informative and useful to readers or a drop in search rankings is imminent....

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Why Your Blog Doesn't Stand a Chance in Hell of Succeeding (and What To Do About It)

Why Your Blog Doesn't Stand a Chance in Hell of Succeeding (and What To Do About It) | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Struggling to grow your blog? Maybe you don't truly understand your readers. Here's how to discover exactly what makes them tick.
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Awesome article about getting in touch with your readers' greatest fears, and greatest desires. 

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The Perils Of Writing Poorly: 5 Ways To Kill Your Audience

The Perils Of Writing Poorly: 5 Ways To Kill Your Audience | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Do you believe content writing can be delegated to just about anyone? If so, here’s a disturbing vision that might just scare you straight. A weak, wandering narrative. Sentences and paragraphs tha…

Via Charles Tiayon
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Love this! Definitely worth a read for all writers! 

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Three Ways to Get Regular Gigs as a Freelance Writer

Three Ways to Get Regular Gigs as a Freelance Writer | Online Writing | Scoop.it
As a marketer who hires and trains dozens of freelance writers every year, I’m a big fan of working with writers on retainer.
To me, they’re the true win-win.
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Another dynamite post from Make A Living Writing on how to get regular gigs as a writer, by setting up gigs which need done on a regular basis, such as social media or newsletters.

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Detailed Advice for E-Book Writers

Detailed Advice for E-Book Writers | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Solopreneur Writers: 10 Nitty Gritty Pickies. Thousands of little details afflict us as artisanal publisher-authorpreneurial Han Solo writer-heroes. A couple of authors publishing books for the first time have asked me about ...
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For those making the foray into e-book publishing: some amazingly detailed advice. One example: don't forget to track your mileage! Read more for great, practical advice. 

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Get Rejected By Sabotaging Yourself!

Get Rejected By Sabotaging Yourself! | Online Writing | Scoop.it
I’ve been on a confidence kick lately. From my experience as a freelancer, I’ve learned that it takes more than good content to become a published writer. You have to learn how to stand up to rejection.
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How to get rejected as a writer, before you even have a chance? Sabotage yourself! Don't try too hard -- pretend not to care. We all do it, says Goins, and we need to stop. So what if we are rejected? It's just a no! 

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100+ Websites That Pay Writers

100+ Websites That Pay Writers | Online Writing | Scoop.it
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An excellent resource on finding blogs that will pay for posts. $50 and up! I am not kidding .. check it out! 

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5 Things You're Doing Wrong Freelance Writing

5 Things You're Doing Wrong Freelance Writing | Online Writing | Scoop.it

I didn't want to write this post because, well, my own writing is far from perfect. But I've learned a lot by being an editor this year, a lot of things that have helped me see where my writing suc...


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This is really good advice about mistakes writers make in their career. For example: don't write only about yourself, know your grammar, and talk to others. 

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A new way to get paid online!

A new way to get paid online! | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal creator discusses funding his pursuits with Patreon.

Via Alessandro Rea, Laura Brown
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This is a very interesting article. Creative people can obtain patrons for their work, just like the Rennaissance Days. It definitely wqrrants more invesigation!

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Laura Brown's comment, December 18, 2013 2:21 PM
Thanks for this link. I found it on the main site hours ago and I'm still poking around, figuring it out and setting up an account. Have you got an account there yourself? I'm still not sure what to do with rewards and such but I love the idea. So many of us work for free online, creating content whether written or art or photos. To find a realistic way to earn something from it without having to become a commercial enterprise is wonderful if it can work. Seems it is working for some people on the site. Anyway, it's the most interesting new service I've seen online in quite awhile.
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How To Remove Search Results From Google When Moving Content To Bubblews - News - Bubblews

How To Remove Search Results From Google When Moving Content To Bubblews - News - Bubblews | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Speak Freely. Write Your World.
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Useful tutorial on moving content off of a site, and from Google search results. 

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Don’t Fall Into This Trap That Could Destroy Your Blog : @ProBlogger

Don’t Fall Into This Trap That Could Destroy Your Blog : @ProBlogger | Online Writing | Scoop.it
Last week I spent time with a young blogger who was completely stalled with her blog (for the purpose of ...

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Such wise advice: don't compare your blog to other blogs.  Starting to compare can actually paralyze you! I agree with this, based on my 0wn experience. 

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Rob Schneider's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:21 AM

My pet peeve with the blogging gurus is that they want you to listen to what they have to say. The result is a million copycat bloggers who don't find an audience because their audience is already taken. The only way you're going to find your own voice will be to listen to it instead of the gurus. This blog touches on that.

Ari Meier's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:24 PM

Are you a blogger? If so, have you shut down your writing because of comparing your work with other, more well known bloggers? Read this.

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Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today

Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today | Online Writing | Scoop.it
There’s never in the history of the world been a better time to be a writer. You can write what you like. No one will burn you at the stake for your ideas.


The biggest benefit of all: you’ve got the Internet.


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Those of us who like to write are looking for how to do it, and also get paid. These are some amazing ideas for how to make a business from online writing. 

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Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques

Take Your Writing From Meh To Memorable With These 12 Simple Techniques | Online Writing | Scoop.it

We weren’t all born to love verbs and spend hours toiling lovingly over word order and yet as small business owners and marketers, one of the most important hats that we necessarily wear is “writer”.

 

If you don’t consider yourself a writer, aren’t entirely comfortable with the writing process and can’t outsource to a professional, that doesn’t mean you’re dead in the water. Nor does it mean you should shrug and put out subpar content because, “Hey, I’m not a writer. That’s as good as it gets.”

 

Try one or more of these techniques the next time you put pencil to paper – or fingers to keyboard – for writing that has a whole lot more marketing punch....


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Twelve suggestions for taking your writing to a different level ..,

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Matt Rees's curator insight, February 19, 1:15 AM

"Meh" does seem to be the new word on the web. It's not exactly good writing, but let's not hold that against them....

Jenny McComb's curator insight, March 5, 9:37 AM

Good article! Lots of useful hints to help add spark and clarity to one's writing. I found the tips on he/she/it/them especially insightful. A good example of personable writing on a specific topic as well.

Valerie Robins's curator insight, June 11, 1:14 PM

If you don’t consider yourself a writer, aren’t entirely comfortable with the writing process and can’t outsource to a professional, that doesn’t mean you’re dead in the water. Nor does it mean you should shrug and put out subpar content because, “Hey, I’m not a writer. That’s as good as it gets.”


Try one or more of these techniques the next time you put pencil to paper – or fingers to keyboard – for writing that has a whole lot more marketing punch....