A Quick Guide To Getting Freelance Medical Writing Jobs
If you are medical student, then freelance medical writing could be right up your alley. Even if the medicine is not your specialist field, then while experience is often desirable it is not impossible for a college student to secure themselves a lucrative medical writing job. A lot of students fall into the trap of setting their sights too low. They allow themselves to slip into sheep mentality and settle for the plethora of easy, but dreadfully low-paid work that is out there.
Assuming that you are looking for your very first gig, just how do you go about finding one?
- Word of mouth
- Social Media
- Your local hospital
- Specialist Medical Recruitment Agencies
If you are already studying within the field of medicine then getting a freelance job should be a piece of cake. Word of mouth is a powerful, but underestimated weapon. Use it. Not only is it free, it takes seconds to ask some friends and acquaintances casually if they know of any openings. Or if anyone is hiring right now.
Social Media is for much more than just bragging about your latest conquests. It is an excellent forum to let people know that you are in the market for work. Even if you generally do just use it for personal stuff, popping up a quick status. Or, sending out a Tweet asking if anyone knows if anyone is looking for medical writers could pay dividends. LinkedIn is also a great tool. What’s more they are all free!
Your local hospital will most likely have a noticeboard somewhere detailing vacancies. Simply pop into reception and inquire. Or, phone the switchboard. Please remember though that the hospital’s primary aim is to treat sick people, so don’t take up too much of their time.
There are agencies that specialize in the recruitment of medical writers in all of the major cities. You don’t even have to waste your time registering with them all. A quick search of their websites should let you know which agencies are worth pursuing and which are not.
All of the major Freelance websites carry dozens, if not hundreds of jobs. It is worth taking up the time to set up your profile and then bidding for as many as catch your eye. A lot of these jobs are low paid but worth pursuing in order to get your feet under the table.