I was scrolling through LinkedIn and came across a post by freelance copywriter Ana Gascon Ivey. “I had been working as a health researcher and writer for a book publisher,” she writes. “It was satisfying work at first, but after a few years I got restless. So when a position opened up in the company’s copywriting department, I threw my name in the hat and took the copywriting test.” Because she failed the test, she could not be considered for the job.
Rather than throwing up her hands in defeat, she got a book titled You Are a Badass, decided to quit the company and strike out on her own, in a few short months earning a successful living. But it got me wondering. How many other would-be writers and editors have had their dreams crushed by these tests? I have taken them on a few occasions, and with a single notable exception, also didn’t pass muster and was passed over. Read more.
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