Wanted Health Article Writer

Monday, March 19, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 10 Comments

Wanted: health article writer. Years ago, I used these four words to do a Google search for job openings. And if you are doing the same thing right now, then you probably don’t quite have a stable gig as a writer. (Correct me if I’m wrong.)

Wanted Writer

Health Article Writer Wanted: How to be THAT writer

I started from the bottom as a health article writer. I climbed – no, crawled – my way up, booking cheap writing jobs at first, until I started to get noticed by bigger, better clients. And before you type “wanted health article writer” into Google, please listen to what I have to say. You just might learn from the humble mistakes I have made as a health article writer.

  • You are not the only one searching for “health article writer wanted” ads. In fact, health article writers are a dime a dozen. As is the rule in many fields, to avoid overwhelming competition, find a niche that works for you as a writer.
  • Make a powerful health article writer’s resume. To many clients, first impressions last. That means your resume just might make your very first impression for you. After all, you are trying to bag a writer’s job – and your resume will be one of your first works as a writer. But how do you fill up your resume with impressive information? Read on to find out.
  • Build an online (and offline) health article writing portfolio. Here’s a fact: the internet has taken over. Yes, we no longer use snail mail, we no longer print our pictures, and we no longer make much use of newspaper classified ads. Most of us use emails, upload pictures on Facebook for posterity, and search for classified ads online instead. Therefore, make sure your written work has been published online, even in free platforms, so that clients will get a bird’s eye view of your writing style. Of course, you should also get your health articles printed in magazines, newspapers, and other print media; contribute to these, even if it’s for free. These free contributions of yours will help you get more clients in the future.
  • Impress your client; be more than a health article writer. Have you ever heard managers and bosses say they have promoted someone because he’s “got initiative”? That’s office-speak for “He does more than he is asked.” If you are writing a book, you might want to help your client look for a publisher. Or if you’re a health article writer, you can volunteer to check your work for duplicate content before submitting it.
  • If you want to be a health article writer, put yourself out there. Your portfolio should be found in freelance websites, writing platforms, and writing forums. Instead of merely looking for “health article writers wanted” ads online, get the employers to find you!
  • Always check your grammar. No, there is no excuse for grammar that stinks. Editors will hate your work, especially if your article is littered with minor but numerous mistakes. Gross errors are actually easier to spot and correct; minor mistakes are harder to detect and are therefore more annoying. (Yes, there are health article writers whose grammar stink, but they are probably way more popular than you and I combined, so this rule is null and void to them.) In a nutshell, a health article writer who knows nothing about grammar is like an architect who knows nothing about safety codes; usually, neither makes it to the cut.

Before you type “wanted health article writer” on Google search, make sure you have a working writer’s portfolio, a writing resume, and the degree to back it all up. Yes, those who graduated from health-related courses will have an edge over those who didn’t. Treat every client as that kind of client, and they will treat you as that kind of health article writer. Oh, yes, you will definitely be “wanted”. You might also want to read about how I became a health article writer.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and a cat welfare column in The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene. Add her to your circles.

10 comments:

  1. Starting is always the most difficult thing to do but once you'll get used to what you're doing you'll be an expert in that field. Read more about writing here: http://www.globalvirtualcareers.net/tips-to-live-by-for-the-new-article-writer

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  2. I'm actually sharing these tips for other newbie writers. :) I'm no expert, of course, but I have been writing health articles for about four years now. I hope to share my own tips aside from reading those shared by others. :)

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  3. Thanks for the tips! I'm a new to blogging! Though not into health :)

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  4. i'm into blogging and writing a few online articles, but i'm not saying i'm a pro. what i wanted to know is, if i can be a health writer even though i don't have a health background to back me up?

    Bonz World

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  5. Bonz, I have to admit, it will take a lot of getting used to if you're not familiar with medical terms to begin with. During your research for health articles, you will meet a lot of strange words which are considered basic among health professionals, such as epidemiology, etiology, nonspecific signs, and the lot. Familiarizing yourself with the lingo might make it harder to write more detailed articles (those that don't just skim the surface).

    I hope I don't sound too discouraging; I just want to lay down the facts early on so that you can make an informed decision. I also believe, however, that if you are determined to become a health article writer, then you are already one step closer! :)

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  6. Great advice. I am at a medical practice where the doctor teaches and gives free community educational talks but would like to start writing. Any suggestions on where to begin?

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  7. I think this works for any writer: write about what you know the most and what you care for the most. :) Hope that helps, Deb.

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  8. hi steph

    Try to write a Princess physician Love story ;) (G. Clooney guest)

    clem

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  9. Hey Stef! I read some of your works and it's really great. I just want to ask something. I have plans of pursuing med but as a current 3rd year medtech, I am having difficulties in studying and I have low grades on almost all my subjects which makes me doubtful of continuing the pursuit. Could you give me some advice regarding this matter. And I also want to be a health article writer like you but I don't know where to start ...could you share some of your thoughts about this?

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  10. Hi, Katherine! It's very difficult to give advice on how you can get better grades in school - you are the best person who knows why this is happening. :) As for my writing career, I reluctantly pursued it and I was happy that I did!

    Feel free to click on "health article writer" on the right sidebar under TOPICS and you will find my story. Good luck, Katherine!

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