The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog: Part 3

Filed as Guides on August 28, 2009 9:02 pm

best_50_applicantsWhen applying for a job, albeit a full-time gig or freelance stint, it is of critical importance to stand out form the crowd. Via electronic communication, your options are limited. That means you better have a kick ass subject line or opening line. It has to be relevant to the job post, well written, and unique.

Less than 10% of applicants did this successfully, making this tip even more important. If you are applying for a job, start out strong! Here are a few of my favorite opening lines…

I am a writer, but no one knows it but me. – Kali

I am the type of woman who has the weirdest, strangest dreams – Sana

Me: Tattoo loving, pierced, coffee addict who manages an HR department. – Miranda

I’m a real guy with real issues, but a handful of hope. – Fred

I am a 54 year old white male who makes in the low 6 figures. – Ken

I love sleeping in……My GPA is higher than yours. I curse like a sailor.*I abuse alcohol. – Joi

POPPING MY BLOGGING CHERRY… – Dani

I don’t need to prove myself to you! – Anthony

I’m in love with Jobacle. – Mary

These would not be effective for every blogging job, but based on the tone and style of my blog and want ad, they each resonated with me.

Here are generic opening lines that did not work:

I’m looking for a job just to get extra income.

I am looking for an Internet based job.

I just read your advert for bloggers and I want to let you know that I am highly interested in being part of your team.

I no longer have an active website.

I am a very witty and intelligent person.

I’m a 25 year old female that just got married in May.

Honestly, never actually did blogging before.

Obviously whether or not the above lines are successful or not is in the eye of the beholder. It also depends on the type of job you are looking for.

LESSONS: Don’t underestimate flattery. Very few people complimented Jobacle or even called the blog by name. I work hard on the Web site and it feels great when someone shares a kind word or two. I think by merely mentioning that you enjoy the Website you are applying for a gig with, might carry greater weight than you realize.

I was also amazed at the number of people who resorted to sob stories in order to try to land the gig. I feel bad if you’ve been laid-off, are disease stricken or divorced – or all of the above – but my decision will be rooted in business – not emotion. ‘Poor me’ stories are unlikely to help you get the job.

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  1. By Descartes posted on August 28, 2009 at 9:25 pm
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    I think both sets of openings show that most people don’t think of blogging as a real job. Does an editor at The New Times care if your a tattoo junkie or that you were just laid off? Having said that, I am always amazed at the number of people who apply for jobs that they have no idea what the job is or how to do it.

    An old manger where I work compared hiring people to looking for a good restaurant-sometimes you want a nice steakhouse, but the only thing around is McDonalds.

    Good luck with your search.

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