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Feel rejected when your freelance site online job application is rejected?

Updated on April 24, 2013

Why freelancers don't need to feel rejected when their job applications are rejected

Many writers are either already making money online or are trying to make money online. For those writers that are still trying to make it online as a freelance writer, it can be terribly upsetting to apply for writing jobs on a freelance job site only to have their job applications rejected time and time again.

Why try and write for clients who hire you through freelance job sites in the first place?

Many writers don't know what else to do. They don't have their own blogs or websites, or don't know about ad revenue sharing sites.

When I joined Xomba - an Adsense revenue sharing site - about two years ago, I had not yet heard of oDesk, a freelance job site.

When I joined oDesk about 15 months ago, I thought Xomba was the only Adsense revenue sharing site there was!

I do have my own blogs and sites, but wanted to find more online opportunities for earning an extra income through my writing efforts.

When a writer has his or her job application on a freelance job site rejected, the process of having considered to apply for the job in the first place should not be forgotten. There are other ways that the process can continue, and still be beneficial to the writer.

You really wanted to do that work so what now?

You loved the job description posted on the freelance job site. Your profile had all the right items on it - you've passed a few competency tests related to the project you want to apply for, your profile portfolio has some great examples of your work that relate to this project, and your comments and feedback from previous employers are excellent.

You wrote a wonderful job application, and, while waiting to hear that you've been selected for an interview (because you know you will be) you even start thinking about the project. You're ready to do this job!

Except you don't do the job because you're not selected.

Instead of feeling miserable about it, do something with the effort you put into that job application?

Was the project perhaps for writing ten articles on a particular subject?

Are you really going to let all your ideas regarding the subject go to waste?

Write the ten articles anyway!

Put them on your own website or blog, or on an ad revenue sharing site.

Just imagine if your articles receive more traffic than the articles that appear on the site of the person who didn't hire you.

Would you still feel as rejected?


You never bother with freelance job sites anyway

Why not?

Besides sometimes really finding a good job post, and getting the job, there's another way that you can use a freelance job site, without even joining the site.

Read through the job postings.  Get a feel for who the people are that are prepared to pay more for writing.  What kinds of jobs do they themselves do?  What is their website about? Do a bit or research, even, on the types of careers they're involved in. What do they offer readers who visit their sites?  Does it look like they're making a lot of money with whatever it is they do? Write about those topics yourself. If somebody is paying a lot of money for certain kinds of articles, those subjects must be popular.

Or, by going through the different kinds of writing job postings on a freelance site, you can generally get new ideas about what to write about, when you are stuck for new topics.  


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    • Janna Jones profile image

      Janna Jones 

      8 years ago

      Excellent article. In multilevel marketing, there is an old saying..."you have to get through the 'NO's' to get to the 'YES's'." Being a good writer isn't enough. You have to market, market and market your skills. So don't be discouraged with a 'no', remember, your just that much closer to the YESsssss! jj

    • Tony Flanigan profile image

      Tony Flanigan 

      9 years ago from East London, South Africa

      LOL! it's okay for you wordsmiths, you can just write. Other mere mortals, like myself, struggle to put more than 3 words together, and to then have all 3 rejected.... :(

      oh well, move on to the next job


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