Like so many in communications, I check Journalismjobs.com a few times daily. On the site are information, insight about trends, and professional opportunities, both full-time and contract. It's usually glitch-free so I never had reason to look behind the curtain. Today I did.
Posted was the dream assignment for a financial scribe like myself. Don't blow it. That's what I told myself. Yes, take your time answering the ad comprehensively and with a strong voice. So, I went to Word to do a draft. I assumed that, since contact information wasn't provided, I would respond through a paste-in on the site.
Finally, the pitch letter was all done. Proofread. Printed out to check it one more time. A few more edits made. Then I returned to the ad, ready to do the paste-in. There was nothing to click on. And, after all that work.
On the site, I clicked on "contact us." I called. A real person answered, on the first ring. He was empathetic. He indicated he would contact the organization which placed the ad. He sounded like he cared.
I checked the site about 15 minutes later. There was contact information posted. I edited my pitch letter for a regular email transmission. All that work hadn't been for nothing.
I thank Journalismjobs.com for being the gift that keeps on giving. It has been a source of amazing work projects.