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Mask off: Journalist to freelance copywriter. Started working full-time under contract for an agency that won't hire me. I've freelanced for agencies and in-house marketing teams, but I'm always the outsider looking in. I want to transition to a full-time permanent gig. Interviews seem to go well, 2 agencies went to 3 interviews and nothing. I know I'm totally missing something that agency insiders would understand. Would love advice on navigating uncharted territory. Thank you!

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If you’re getting these gigs through a staffing agency than the reason they won’t hire you is b/c if they do then they’ll have to pay the staffing agency an exorbitant finders fee. Try not to use 3rd parties.

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I'm mostly going through LinkedIn. Seriously, I just found this Fishbowl forum and I already see that I've made a big mistake in my "portfolio". Although I never used Contently to get jobs, I use their site to just throw all my links and PDFs in and it organizes it into a big kinda neat(ish) looking grid...it was super easy...but I guess it's really unprofessional so now I'm working on my website with a 'real' portfolio section. Honestly, I didn't think it mattered as long as it had all my work in one place...duh!

why do you want to make the switch? and how would you answer this if an interviewer asked you?

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Actually, now that I’ve overthought that… it’s not selling myself that’s the PITA, it’s the constant hunt for clients.

Honestly that’s just how it goes with these interviews. Happens to me most of the time too. I have a journalism background but ultimately the thing the recruiters and hiring cd’s want to see is smart work that shows your thinking. A lot of it is just their own disorganization and timing patterns. Hit me up if you have any questions I’d be happy to help.

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Maybe put a mask on for the interviews

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Lol! I’m in a group of women freelancers and when you’re going vulnerable with a post it’s “Mask off” - otherwise I’m totally a mask on kinda girl.

I’m not hiring a FT copywriter yet, but plan to soon. I’d look for someone with SEO knowledge/understanding and a ready made portfolio they can send me as soon as I ask. I also started as a journalist and SEO is something I’ve had to learn but it’s very important from a content marketer position. I’ve been hiring for a social role and it’s shocking to me how many people either don’t respond to a request for a portfolio or who take 4-7 days to send.

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I’m always surprised when I get to the interview stage and they haven’t read anything I wrote. I mean isn’t that the most important/ telling thing?

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