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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Eliminated from the FWJ "Idol" Competition

Recently, I decided to participate in the FWJ "Idol" Competition, which will provide the winner with the chance to write a bi-weekly column for Freelancewritinggigs.Com, a popular site for writers. Unfortunately, I did not make it to Round 2, but, time permitting, I am planning to keep up with the competition and post my entries here (assuming they will be relevant to the readers of this blog). The reason I entered was to challenge myself to write something of benefit to writers on a weekly basis, and I am still keen on doing that.

One thing that stood out to me while reading the entries in Round 1 (cover letters applying for the job of freelance blogger) was the fact that some applications were clearly more effective than others. My personal preference is for short and succinct, but long enough to provide all the required information. Some entries contained too much personal information and did not show what the applicant could do for the company. Overall, this was a good exercise and made me reflect on the best way to write a cover letter.

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