Turning Rejection into a Blog Post

I recently applied and was rejected for the position of Editorial Assistant at online literary magazine Writer’s Edit. The application process was strictly no resumes. So being the creative that I am I thought a blog post as my covering letter would be super cool. Turns out the team didn’t agree and I wasn’t event shortlisted (cue violins). But then I thought, turn lemons into lemonade and create a blog post out of it. Here’s my application. Read it and let me know in the comments whether you would have hired me or not.

5 Reasons Why Adora Herveaux Should be the Editorial Assistant at Writer’s Edit

A few years ago, upon deciding I wanted to be a writer, I started enrolling in online writing courses, attending writer’s festivals and rocking up to free writing workshops. It was at one of those free workshops that participants were asked about their writing goals. Without hesitation I answered that I wanted to work part-time in marketing for the steady income (plus I enjoy it), secure a monthly relationships column in a women’s magazine and publish six women’s fiction novels. The teacher thought that seemed very reasonable and achievable. Only problem is I haven’t been working towards that goal. That is, until now.

I was scrolling through Facebook when I spotted a job ad for an Editorial Assistant at Writer’s Edit. My eyes lit up. That’s what I need to be doing I thought, work experience within the industry; and what better place to start than an up and coming literary magazine. I have been following Writer’s Edit for a while now and seen its followers grow and grow. Which is not surprising seeing that it’s an amazing resource for aspiring writers. What an opportunity to learn from Founding Editor Helen Scheuerer.

So why should I, Adora Herveaux, be the Editorial Assistant at Writer’s Edit over all the other hopefuls? Here’s five reasons why.

  1. I want to pursue a career as a writer

Several years ago I borrowed a book from a friend by, to me at the time, an unknown author – Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty. It was at a time that I had been toying with the idea of being a freelance writer on the side for extra income. I even started a personal blog to get into the habit of writing. Reading Three Wishes gave me complete writers envy. These were the things I wanted to say. These were the everyday life issues I wanted to talk about. This is the kind of writer I wanted to be. It was one of those cliché light bulb moments where I realised something. I need to be a writer.

  1. I’m a strategic marketing specialist

With over 14 years of experience working for small to large businesses I am well versed in developing strategic marketing plans and campaigns to achieve business objectives. I know my way around WordPress, Facebook and Twitter. I can write blog posts, email campaigns and press releases – many of which have been published in the local newspaper or industry magazine. I’ve worked on product launches, organised events and managed an online store. I have the marketing skills and I’m eager to learn how to apply them to the publishing industry and writer’s community.

  1. I can help out with the books

And by books I mean the accounts. I’ve worked for several small businesses throughout my career which has meant wearing many different hats. I can process payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and monthly reconciliation. I even setup the MYOB company file for a previous employer who was still using Excel spreadsheets. I’m pretty versatile across all business functions and am not afraid to get stuck into the day to day admin.

  1. I’m super organised

What I believe to be a normal level of organisation others have called ‘highly organised’. At work I have a coloured coded list of daily tasks so nothing slips through the cracks. I’m always the one asking ‘what about this’ or ‘what if we do this’ and bouncing ideas around the table. In my personal life I’m the event coordinator amongst my friends. I’m the one booking restaurants for dinner or nights out to the theatre and then collecting everyone’s money. My iPod is arranged into playlists by year and decade and my home is clutter free with well-ordered storage.       

  1. I tell it like it is

I’m a straight shooter who doesn’t shy away from the truth. If I don’t like the way a piece of marketing collateral has been designed, or how advertising copy has been written, I’m going to tell you. It’s not a productive use of time to beat around the bush and pander to someone’s ego. I give it to people straight. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not rude or arrogant about it. I’m about efficiency and improvement. So when I point out a problem I’ll suggest a solution. Not everyone appreciates my candour, but it’s who I am.

To sum up, if you hire me, Adora Herveaux, you’ll get a super organised marketing specialist ready to hit the ground running and eager to absorb all that she can about the world of writing and publishing.


One Reply to “Turning Rejection into a Blog Post”

  1. Sorry you didn’t get that job. Unfortunately, based solely on this blog post, I wouldn’t have hired you neither. A covering letter is meant to be short and concise, followed by your resume and if there’s a selection criteria, then that too, addressing each criterion against specified word numbers.
    I like that you tried to demonstrate creative flare, but employers are time deficient and they’re looking for matter of fact, to the point sells about what they’re looking for in an employee.
    Good luck next time. Since this entry was written long ago, I suspect you’ve found a job by now. Best wishes.



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