Dream Chapters

Receiving My First No

After working so hard on this dream I was introduced to no for the first time.

I certainly didn’t expect for this journey I embarked on to be easy. I was prepared to be on the receiving end of a few no’s.

I got the first one out of the way

Step One

After spending roughly three months not getting paid, working on my blogs, and learning how to navigate WordPress, I decided to look for a job I felt I could bring value to with my writing. I found a company called WordAgents that hires writers to do assignments for companies or small businesses that need writing work. After looking through the job responsibilities and prerequisites I was excited to apply.

I was excited because when I applied they weren’t requiring a resume, just a cover letter. This was good news for me because if they looked at my resume they would probably be thinking, “We’re hiring writers not someone to manage a factory….” It’s hard to get a job in a certain field when you have no experience, but it’s just as hard to get experience in a field that won’t hire you without experience. I felt confident though that with just a cover letter I would get a response from the company. Even with me explaining in my cover letter I don’t have any professional experience as a writer, I’m very personable and connect well with others in professional settings. I knew I could showcase my passion and dedication to the field even without the experience.

Step Two

I was elated when I got an email the following morning. “After reviewing your application we are excited to inform you that you have moved onto the next stage of the application process.” Ughhh hell yeah dude, it was a great feeling. I’ve got no experience and was able to convince a company that professionally hires writes to see what I can do.

Here’s What They Wanted Next

  • Fill out a questionnaire. This asked questions like, what is your strategy to keep readers involved throughout your article to ensure they are not just clicking, but reading? And what are your strengths and preferences in writing styles?
  • Fill out a personality test. I don’t know that I’ve done this before and the questions asked were really interesting and made me think, I enjoyed it.
  • Finally I was required to submit two of my own personal articles with a minimum of 1000 words for them to review.

I found two of my more popular articles, one from this DreamChapters site and one from MySFGiantStop. I re-read each article numerous times and made modifications (like taking out some curse words) and submitted both articles.

Step Three

Hey Zachariah,

Thank you so much for applying to join the WordAgents writer network! 

Our team has evaluated your application closely and are absolutely ecstatic to say you have been chosen to move on to the next step of our writer hiring process!

I’m Through The Moon Excited At This Point!

This company was impressed enough with my talents to move on with me to the next stage. It was great for my confidence and speaking frankly made my heart happy. They were sure ready to challenge me though, I had communicated that my writing styles puts me in a creative writing and blog post category. They came back with one more request. I was asked to write a product roundup review article with a minimum of 1000 words on which dog toys are best suited for heavy chewers…

Two Fun Facts

  1. I’ve never written a review style article
  2. I don’t like dogs… Not even a little

I spent the next few days researching and learning about what dog breeds are heavy chewers, dog toy brands, the toughest toys that stand up to heavy chewers, and how to format a product review article. That was a test for me for sure. I finished the article, re-read it 438 times to ensure my grammar and punctuations were spot on, and submitted my article.

I was proud. Proud that I was able to create something that I knew nothing about just a few days prior to completing this article. And proud that I’ve put myself in this position and made it this far.

Step Four

The Outcome Of My Work

Dear applicant,

I hope you’re well. 

We wanted to follow up with you and let you know the status of your application with WordAgents. 

After an in-depth evaluation of your sample, we have decided not to move forward with you at this time.

Well Damn

It didn’t work out for me this time and I can’t lie, it was disappointing. I read the email in the morning as I was getting my son ready for school. I read it a few times really trying to digest the outcome. I talked to my son about it and it was nice to admit to someone in that moment that I was disappointed. I replied to the rejection letter to express my appreciation for the opportunity and asking if they would grant me the favor of some constructive criticism. I was very hopeful to learn what areas of my article weren’t up to par, as well as areas in which I needed to improve on in their opinions. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten a response yet, but I’m still hopeful that I’ll receive that feedback.

My disappointment was fairly quickly overshadowed with gratitude. I was excited, and wanted to land this writing job so bad, but it didn’t work out and that’s ok. I’m more than proud about how far into the application process that I went. I gained invaluable experience in communicating about assignments and written work in a professional setting. I had never even thought about writing a product review article, because of this experience I spent hours researching and learned how to format this style of writing. I didn’t get the job, but what I gained will propel me to the doorsteps of being ready for a professional writing gig when the right opportunity arrises.

I’m so thankful for the opportunity that was afforded to me. Even in being told no it was such a great motivator for me to continue doing what I love. After not getting the job I sat at my desk and took that rejection letter and made it the background on my computer as well as phone and started writing.

No one knows for sure, but I’d be willing to wager that this isn’t going to be my only no. I want to remember all the no’s! It will make it that much sweeter when I get my yes.

If you were brave enough to follow your dreams, be brave enough to not get discouraged by someone telling you no. It doesn’t mean that you’re not good enough. It only means that you’re not good enough yet. Don’t give up.

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