How to Write a Writer Job Description Sample

A Writer, or Staff Writer, composes a variety of content for publications by expressing ideas through text. Their primary duties include researching topics, completing interviews, writing engaging material, and making edits based on client or editor feedback. 

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What does a Writer do?

A Writer may write a book, screenplay, article, manual, essay, script, speech, or other forms of content. They handle fact-checking their sources and ensuring all written content is factually correct. A Writer may research extensively, cross-reference other written materials, or adhere to style guides based on the type of writing they do. They put together content that is engaging and informative for the reader.

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Example 1

Content Writer /Creator We are looking for someone to work full time writing content for us. *Working From Home * After lockdown restrictions are eased, the role would remain one which is primarily working from home, with only in the region of one meeting per week being in person, it is envisaged this will be one half day at our Central London office at the most. Outside of remote meetings, candidates can organise their own working day, subject to content being produced by deadlines. *Nature of Content* We are a UK Immigration Law firm. Examples of content types we need (subject to change). * A daily short post on news reports about UK immigration, from a pro-migrant perspective. These can be opinionated, accessible to all, and relatively short. * Landing pages to our websites – these can be new pages or amending old pages. * Mailshots – these will be targeted to visitors on our website, those in our sales funnels and existing clients. * Various smaller writing tasks, tweets and posts, text pieces for brochures or other marketing mailings. Skills needed: * High standards of written English * Passion and an opinion that can be expressed elegantly * Commercial awareness * Proofreading and attention to detail. * Ability to use basic design packages such as Canva are an advantage. * No sector knowledge is needed, but ability to “interview” our lawyers and sales team to gather key points on your chosen topic is crucial – hence being a people person is crucial. Full time 18-25k salary Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: per year Benefits: * Work From Home Schedule: * Monday to Friday Work remotely: * Yes

Example 2

The Creative Seed has a great opportunity for someone with experience in Digital Marketing, to use their skills to promote the Creative Seed and help increase the profile of our service. We are a vibrant creative company with a mission to produce high quality and accessible creative projects. As a company, we focus on those who have had difficulty achieving, and whose talents or skills may have gone unnoticed due to their personal or social circumstances. We are looking for a confident, driven, risk taker who is both innovative and forward-thinking. Working as part of a small team, we are looking for a self-motivated digital marketer who has a thorough grasp of digital marketing and creating captivating content and campaigns, as well as confidence in creating new content and updating our website. Excellent communication skills, someone who dares to be different, using bold and vibrant colours. This role will also be involved in broader marketing communications, with emphasis on digital and web development to promote the Creative seed brand within the wider community. This role will support the Business Development Manager taking responsibility for specific projects and activities that further raise awareness of the diverse projects that the Creative Seed offers. *Key include: *
  • Assist in developing new content for Instagram, Facebook, and other social media platforms.
  • Helping to develop strong relationships with communities and networks through delivery of regular reports and communication.
  • Developing and maintaining the website
  • Advertising and promoting services that we offer through various social media platforms.
  • Coordinate the production and distribution of all online promotional materials, e- newsletters and web content
  • Create and deliver digital marketing campaigns
  • Respond appropriately to comments and messages received through our social media channels and provide assistance where necessary.
  • Assist in providing necessary market information.
  • Creating and researching content to post on social media platforms.
  • Assist with writing newsletters, articles and promotional leaflets – organising computerised files and folders.
  • Liaise with external agencies, such as print suppliers, business partnerships, newspapers and PR agency.
  • Assist in organising and hosting internal and external activities, ensuring event and exhibition materials are available.
  • Other similar office duties may be required. *Essential Criteria: *
  • Two years digital marketing experience
  • An understanding of community development, art therapy and commercial business
  • The ability to create a narrative based on a developed understanding of the companies growth
  • A customer focused attitude
  • Excellent attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
  • An ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Be a strong team player
  • Be creative, friendly, and happy to work as part of a small team
  • Have experience of delivering marketing and/or communications campaigns
  • Have a positive and flexible ‘can do’ attitude
  • Have the ability to multitask and stay calm under pressure To apply for the post please send us an email requesting an application pack. Reference ID: C/SEED Digital Marketer Contract length: 12 months Part-time hours: 30 per week Application deadline: 24/06/2021 Expected start date: 01/07/2021 Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract Salary: From £20,000.00 per year Benefits: * Flexible schedule Work remotely: * No
  • Example 3

    As a global provider of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals our work is a serious business. But that doesn't mean you can't have fun while you do it. With our vision to be the partner of choice in various medical fields and beyond, we hire only the best and brightest in the industry. Are you one of them? This is an excellent opportunity for a Content Creator/Digital Marketer/Copywriter with an interest in Amazon to play an implemental role in driving this organisation towards success. This role ideally will go on to manage an eCommerce channel. The purpose of the role is to strengthen the business growth of Farla Medical by assisting our marketing team in creating SEO website copy, blog posts, creative content such as infographics, and update ecommerce channels as required. As an integral part of our marketing team, your role will be paramount in providing well written blog, product and informative copy for both existing and new products, but also for news articles, PR etc. In addition to this we need a someone who can start taking on some of our Amazon UK management responsibilities whilst fulfilling their copywriting remit while we focus on building Amazon USA and Amazon EU. With a stock list of over 30 000 Sku’s, the incumbent will need to be able to focus their writing skills on the most relevant products and work with the Head of Marketing to identify their relevancy. Main Responsibilities: · Writing engaging digital and print content, inclusive of blogs, infographic research, optimised website copy. · Optimising all content, including adding meta titles, meta descriptions and keyword insertion. · Being responsible for managing your own schedule in a time conscious manner. · Keeping up to date with medical knowledge and industry news. · Creating copy for adverts for digital, social and print media. · Prioritising work appropriately and working to strict timescales. · Take briefs from and develop ideas within the company. · Produce creative and accurate designs. To be successful you will need: Skills & Experience · Demonstrable technical writing skills Understanding of sound marketing tactics – both digital and print Preferred · Past experience creating technical, medical or scientific copy specifically for ecommerce · Good working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator · Knowledge of Social Media platforms and web management tools. You will have: Excellent communication skills with a 'can-do' attitude who will bring fresh ideas to the group History of meeting tight deadlines and a quick turnaround on copy/artwork as required ensuring the highest quality A good understanding of ecommerce platforms like Magento/Shopify/Amazon/eBay Personal profile · Good creative eye with excellent attention to detail. · Typography, space and layout skills. · Experienced at working across multiple mediums. · Working knowledge of Microsoft Office. · Able to work under own initiative during busy periods. · Able to communicate at all levels. · Be able to work under pressure to complete tasks within agreed timescales. · Be able to track progress and report to management within set timelines. · Knowledge of Social Media platforms and web management tools. · Excellent interpersonal skills and telephone manner · Pro-active, flexible and able to multi-task · Good organisational skills with attention to detail · Able to work under pressure and to deadlines Why join us? Ongoing development is vital to us, and as a Content Creator at Farla you will have the opportunity to progress your career, as we focus on building the eCommerce and Channel sales there will be a lot of potential for growth. Reference ID: FAR45 Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Salary: per year Additional pay: * Performance bonus Benefits: * Employee discount * On-site parking * Store discounts Schedule: * Monday to Friday Education: * Bachelor's (preferred) Work remotely: * No

    Example 4

    *Science Writer/Editor* *Job Description* *Location: Remote* QBS Learning is looking for highly experienced and meticulous Editors in Biology, Physics and Chemistry with vast experience in creating and editing a wide variety of educational materials for Key Stage 4 (KS4). This is an opportunity for a long-term freelance position. The current project runs through December 2021 with a likely extension for 2022. *Core Qualifications: * · Science background (GCSE level 14-16-year-old) · Demonstrated experience in creating GCSE content · Experience in writing and compiling questions and · Development editing of educational materials · Ability to author directly on the platform · *Requirements & Qualification: * · Experience and familiarity with UK Secondary National Curriculum · Subject matter expertise – Biology, Physics & Chemistry · Experience in curriculum development Teaching experience and exposure to working on digital platforms will be an added advantage Job Types: Part-time, Freelance COVID-19 considerations: Mask and Social Distancing is compulsory Application question(s): * Do you have experience in working Digital Platform Experience: * STEM Content Writing: 3 years (required) Work remotely: * Yes

    Writer duties and responsibilities

    Regardless of the type of content being written, some of the most common duties and responsibilities of a writer in any domain include:

    • Research and investigate topics of interest
    • Interview credible sources
    • Fact-check information before publication
    • Get permission from sources to quote or mention them
    • Produce quality content tailored to a specific audience 
    • Develop and maintain relationships with media outlets, sources, and other key individuals
    • Respect and follow deadlines
    • Revise their work based on editorial feedback 

    Writer skills and qualifications

    A successful Writer candidate has some of the following skills and qualifications:

    • Passion for writing
    • Excellent interviewing skills
    • Great time management skills
    • Exceptional research and analytical skills
    • Strong understanding of SEO and other online content practices
    • Excellent ability to produce engaging content
    • Exceptional communication skills
    • Strong marketing skills

    Writer experience requirements

    Writer candidates with previous experience creating the same type of content you need are an asset, since they would require minimal training. Internship experience with a media outlet or university newspaper is considered experience for recent graduates. However, requesting a portfolio of published or unpublished works from candidates is also a good way to assess their skills. This approach allows you to assess if the candidate matches the tone and stylistic approach that your company wants in a Writer. Strong candidates should have some by-line content in their portfolio. 

    Writer education and training requirements

    A successful Writer candidate has a bachelor’s degree in journalism, creative writing, communication, or a related discipline. Marketing Writer positions may require a bachelor’s degree in business or marketing, while a Technical Writer may need a degree in their specific field. There are currently no required certifications or educational requirements for writers in Canada. However, candidates with education or membership in a union or professional association are an asset. 

    Writer salary expectations

    According to Indeed Salaries, the average Content Writer in Canada earns an average salary of $54,352 annually. Salaries vary based on geographical location, publication, type of content, and level of experience. For example, the salary for a Freelance Writer may be lower than that of the salary for a Writer working full-time at a national publication. 

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    Writer Job Description FAQs

    What is the difference between a Writer and a Technical Writer?

    A Writer is a broad term but refers to someone who writes articles, books, screenplays, scripts, or essays professionally. They may report on several topics, and their style of writing may be informative or have an entertaining tone, based on the audience they want to reach.  A Technical Writer is a Writer with a specialization in an industry such as engineering or medicine. They are qualified to write on these specific topics and are familiar with industry jargon. They are often responsible for writing industry-specific content.

    What qualities make for a good Writer candidate?

    Successful Writer candidates have a knack for writing easy-to-read content, with a passion for information. They are naturally inquisitive people skilled at solving problems, explaining complex topics, or describing events. Some qualities to look for in a suitable candidate include persistence, an analytical mindset, and the ability to write clearly and effectively. A successful Writer candidate may also be a strong reader and is informed on the subject area they write for.

    How can you make a Writer job description stand out?

    Writing is a vast field. A job description should include the type of content the Writer is responsible for, the quantity of content expected on a weekly basis, and the pay scale. A competitive salary and the mention of additional employee benefits or privileges make the job description stand out. 

    What are the different types of Writers?

    There are many types of writing. A Marketing Copywriter creates catchy and engaging content that sells, while a Technical Writer writes specialized technical content. An Essay Writer focuses on extensive research-based topics, and a Journalist writes about news-related topics assigned by their media outlet. 

    Freelance Writers may write for a combination of outlets and may earn a living on a per-piece basis. They might pitch their ideas to a publication before creating content. Writers may write for websites, publications, social media, manuals, pamphlets, and more.

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