I’m still looking for a good online job but I’ve recently run into a snag of sorts and realized that there is yet another problem to searching for online jobs.
Online Jobs Search for Competence
So remember how I took that phone interview recently? Well, I didn’t get that job (I’m assuming because I was never again contacted) but about three days after that I was contacted by another job I had applied for. These people were hiring someone who could do product descriptions. Sounded easy! I’d done a product description once before and it was pretty simple.
They seemed excited to hire me, but first, they wanted me to write them product descriptions on five t-shirts. I hate it when online jobs want me to write them out something. They always ask for about 1000 words and don’t always respond back after I’ve done the work. It’s frustrating, but I suppose understandable. Your employer wants to make sure you have the job requirements they’re looking for before they hire you.
I was told I’d need to be okay with writing descriptions for various products and not be easily offended or this wasn’t the job for me. They’re t-shirts, I didn’t think I’d find anything insulting enough for me to not want to take the job. The first t-shirt I had to write a product description for said, ‘with God anything is possible’ in bold letters. I thought that it was pretty cool I was writing a description for that t-shirt because I’m a Christian and I’d actually like a shirt like that. Going down the list of t-shirts I had to write about, I found some that you’d probably see at the mall about T.V. shows and jokes but the last one made me uneasy and I finally knew what the employer was talking about.
One of the t-shirts used the f-word five times — sounds hard to fit the f-word on a shirt five times but this one did. I started to feel that this might not be a good job for me. Was it right for a Christian to write a product description for a shirt that literally cussed someone out?
Difference Between Supporting and Working
I felt torn about the f-bomb shirt. My mom’s real good when it comes to morality so I asked her about it all. She told me that my job in that situation was to write what I saw in regards to the shirt. I’m not trying to sell the shirt, just being paid to describe it. I thought about it more myself and decided she was right. I’m not supporting the shirt in any way or encouraging buyers, just writing a description. I thought that in this case it was okay but I’m not saying it is in all cases! Like I would no way ever work for anything like Planned Parenthood. I think, in cases like this, it depends purely on context.
Making It Up as I go
Most product descriptions I’ve had to do before asked me to only write about 100 words per product but this one asked me to write 700 words per t-shirt. There’s only so much I could think to write about a t-shirt and although I’ve done this before, I was a little at a loss for the other 500 other words I was supposed to come up with. So, I went on Amazon and looked at t-shirts with similar backgrounds. I didn’t copy what they said but I used them as references and inspiration when I was at a loss with the shirts I had to write about. It worked out great and before long I was finished with all five t-shirt descriptions and had them finished over the weekend.
Getting an Offer
About a day or two later after I’d sent in my t-shirt descriptions, I was contacted by the employer who said he would like to bring me in immediately. I was SO excited when I read that! I was basically jumping around my house telling everyone I knew about it but after I read the email again, I realized that the email had the location of the company written on the bottom. They were located in North Carolina! At the time North Carolina was about to be hit with a hurricane!
I emailed the employer back and asked him if the job he was offering me was freelance and told him what region I lived in. I felt I already knew the answer though. It didn’t take long for him to answer me back and tell me that unfortunately, the company resided in New Jersey. A balloon that had inflated inside of me deflated then. I was a little upset with the application the company had. I was frustrated that unlike other jobs they’d failed to tell the location of their business, that they weren’t freelance, that I’d wasted my time again and that they’d put their application in online jobs on Indeed when it clearly wasn’t. I was upset and disappointed but I replied back that I understood and kindly thanked the man for his time. He told me if ever they did freelance, they’d let me know.
I realized later that I learned from this though. It wasn’t a total waste of my time. In the future, I will make sure an online job is actually freelance before I invest my time. Don’t be like me ya’ll! Look before you leap and if you’re an employer, it would be really great for those that are searching hard for a job for you to place your application in online jobs only if it’s freelance. That would make it so much easier for online job searchers.