Writer job description template

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Tips for Crafting a Writer Job Description

Need a writer but don’t know where to start looking for one? Here are some tips and a sample job description you can use to find the best independent talent for your writing needs. 

What is a writer?

A writer is a person who specializes in writing material for digital and print publications. Their work engages their reader’s interest by presenting compelling and informational content from research and interviews. Successful writers possess an excellent grasp of written English (or the applicable language for the publication), an intense curiosity of the world around them, strong communication skills to engage subject experts, resourcefulness in acquiring information, the ability to self-edit, and the skill to organize information by crafting engaging content. 

Example of a writer job description

The following provides a sample job description that explores the responsibilities and qualifications of a writer. 

The job overview

We are seeking a writer to create lifestyle and vehicle content that engages the target audience for our website on motor travel in North America. As a writer, you will have a passion for the craft, a flair for a clever turn of phrase, a knack for developing exciting angles, and the curiosity to ferret out intriguing people and details. You will be responsible for researching and interviewing subject experts to create articles that give travelers entertaining and informative content on interesting places to go, creative routes to follow, and the best vehicles and accessories to get them there. The ideal candidate will have experience writing about travel or motoring. Depending on your areas of expertise, your assignments could develop in a particular niche. Demonstration of solid writing skills in your initial assignments could grow your workload, on average, to two to four articles per month, each requiring roughly 10-15 hours. 

Job responsibilities

Some of the writer’s job responsibilities include:

  • Write informational content in an engaging and creative way, and with a fluidity that is effortless to read
  • Research topics and interview subject matter experts to develop content assignment
  • Fact check information gained through the gathering process to ensure accuracy
  • Work with the editor to take direction for the assignment up front, discuss necessary adjustments during the process, and efficiently apply suggestions for revision 
  • Make sure copy adheres to publication’s tone and writing style
  • Adhere to AP style and the publication’s style
  • Ability to effectively proofread your own copy before submitting it for a final edit, and suggest a headline and intro paragraph for the website home page and social media 
  • Optimize copy for the web according to SEO best practices
  • Communicate with the design team to help guide the creation of engaging visuals
  • Meet deadlines

Job qualifications 

Some of the writer’s job qualifications include:  

  • Excellent writing skills, both in language and style
  • Good research skills, both online and off
  • Good communication skills for gathering information and working with the publication team
  • Familiarity with AP style guide, and ability to learn and adapt to the company guidelines 
  • Knowledge of SEO best practices and tools, such as Google Search Console and Google Keyword Planner
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, particularly Microsoft Word 
  • Familiarity with WordPress content management system
  • High school diploma (or GED) required; bachelor’s degree in English, journalism or related field is preferred 
  • Two years of experience writing for publications, preferably in the travel or auto industry


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