How to get ahead in copywriting
February 5, 2013 7:38 AM Subscribe
I'm thinking about attempting to land an entry-level copywriting position, after working for over ten years in an unrelated field (public librarianship). I'm wondering if I currently have enough relevant experience to start sending out resumes, or if I need to beef up my portfolio a bit. And any general advice on copywriting careers would also be welcome.
posted by indognito to Work & Money (6 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
My relevant experience is this:
*I've recently published articles in a few not-terribly-prestigious publications (two children's magazines, one book review journal).
*I volunteered to to write newsletter articles for a local small nonprofit back in '08-'09.
*I worked in the development office of my library school back in '00, composing letters to alumni, donors, potential students, etc.
*I worked in the PR office of my college in undergrad (waaaaaaay back in the mid-'90s) writing most of their press releases, program brochures, etc.
*I wrote a successful grant for my current library (not copywriting, I know, but still sort of relevant...maybe?)
*I was an English major (that has to count for something, right?)
Is that enough to get started? I know it couldn't hurt to just knock on the doors of a few other nonprofits to see if I could get more current experience writing for them, but I am crunched for time these days (working full-time, doing some caregiving for a family member) and would like to make the most of my efforts. My partner thinks I've got enough experience and should just start sending out resumes. I tried doing this a few years back and was met with the proverbial chirping cricket. I realize the economy factors into all of this, so am looking for ways to quickly make myself look as appealing as possible to potential employers.