It is with great excitement that I’m putting this out there. When I graduated from university I was told that the only route into writing was through a journalism masters or through knowing the right people. Having neither the money for a masters, nor the right contacts, I took on jobs that involved writing, but didn’t really allow me the same voice or freedom.
I wish somebody had told me that blogging can be an excellent way into writing. Either way I would always recommend getting a journalistic qualification (I plan to start my diploma in journalism very soon – which I’ll get to in a minute) but working for a blog can be a really nice way to gain confidence in writing, as well as WordPress skills and lessons in marketing and PR.
The reason I want to take someone on part-time is just a straight up lack of time. Some of you may know I have a wedding coming up in August, followed by a honeymoon in September and then a training course straight after. While the course is distance learning, it will take up a good couple of hours of my week that I need for blogging!
Part-time copywriting and social media exec job specification
The role of part-time copywriting and social media exec is definitely one for somebody with other full-time commitments who would like to learn more about blogging and writing in general, as well as adding working for a successful full-time blog to their CV! I don’t believe in unpaid internships, but this is really about experience, so there would be a minimum wage payment plus payment per fortnightly article.
The role would include:
♥ Posting pre-written content on WordPress on an ad hoc basis according to a pre-agreed schedule.
♥ Scheduling tweets when Under the Vintage Veil management is on holiday or unavailable and chatting to lovely wedding people on Twitter.
♥ Gathering credited photographic content from photographers.
♥ Writing a regular series of bylined articles for Under the Vintage Veil.
♥ Research for a large project happening at Under the Vintage Veil this year.
♥ Attending events (travel expenses paid) as part of the Under the Vintage Veil team.
Why work for Under the Vintage Veil?
♥ Regular hours would be 3 hours per week with extra hours when Under the Vintage Veil management is away, so this role would be perfect for somebody with existing part-time or full-time commitments wanting to gain some extra writing, blogging and social media management experience.
♥ You would have your writing seen by thousands of readers on a growing platform. Under the Vintage Veil has grown exponentially in under a year, has survived a rebrand and recovered its following and is gaining increasing coverage in national wedding magazines, including a column by me (Sara) in Unique Bride magazine.
♥ If you’re looking to get into wedding writing or the wedding industry it would help you to quickly build contacts and get to know the industry.
♥ It’s a great chance to learn all about WordPress, social media tools and platforms as well as building your writing portfolio.
Who am I looking for?
♥ A passionate, enthusiastic and talented writer with a fantastic grasp of grammar and spelling.
♥ Someone who loves weddings and vintage trends as much as I do.
♥ Somebody tenacious, organised and hard working.
♥ Somebody personable, approachable and kind.
Nice to have (these aren’t essential so please don’t let it put you off applying)
♥ Previous writing experience.
♥ Knowledge of WordPress, Twitter (using Hootsuite) and all relevant social media platforms.
More about the role
♥ The successful applicant would meet Sara (me) for initial training and then would work from home.
♥ Training would start in July in preparation for taking over posting on Under the Vintage Veil for one week in August and ten days in September.
How to apply
♥ Please send your CV, a covering letter telling us why you’d like to work for Under the Vintage Veil and a couple of samples of your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org before Tuesday, 1st May 2012. I’ll then be reviewing all applications over the week following this and getting back to everyone then.
♥ Second-stage interviews will be conducted by phone and final stage interviews in person. There will then be a paid Under the Vintage Veil training afternoon where I’ll get you up to speed on the business and the platforms we use.
♥ All unsuccessful applicants will also be notified by email after the closing date.
If you have any questions at all please feel free to include them in your email – I’m so excited to take on somebody to share the joys of running this business and can’t wait to see who applies!