Applications

Application for Employment
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I just submitted an application for a paid blogging position. It is about the third application of this type that I've written in the last month. I've been rejected once, and now I'm waiting to hear back on two different applications.

Can I just publicly say that the job application process is extremely stressful?

For starters, I have a hard time beginning an application. Since I know that whatever I submit will be under intense scrutiny, I get paralyzed by the fear that whatever I write won't be good enough. I feel that a piece of writing can almost always be improved, no matter who writes it and how many times it's already been edited. Most of the time we just have to reach a place where we are satisfied with the piece in question and then just go with it.  The issue is, what if the piece is good enough for you, but not good enough for your potential employer?

Secondly, deciding how much or how little to say is always an issue. What information is pertinent, and what doesn't matter? Should I write a really long application to try to include as much helpful information about myself as possible, or should I try to keep it short and to the point in hopes that it will be more striking and that my potential employer will remember the most pertinent information?

Thirdly, the actual writing of the application takes time and is stressful.

Fourth, what writing samples do you include? I've written so many different things that it can be difficult to choose what I should submit. Each piece has subtle nuances, but that's not even the worst part. The worst part of choosing submission pieces is that they weren't written with this exact potential employer or website in mind. They may have been written to a different audience than I'll be writing to if I do secure the position.

Aye, applying for jobs is stressful. For that matter, hitting the publish button on a blog post is stressful... but not nearly to the same degree.

What do you think about job applications?