Following instructions counts! Part 2

Remember how important it is to follow instructions?

I give you Deb Ng’s post on Chicken Soup for the Soul’s latest call for writers. Check out the comments. All 20 of them. (Only a select few are following directions.)

Deb, how many e-mails and applications and whatnot do you receive on a daily basis? Sheesh!

What will it take to shake sense into some people! It’s not that difficult to comprehend! Understand that your blunders are now semi-permanently fixed on a popular freelance writing jobs blog. Please, for your own sake, avoid any more such blunders!

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to read the directions!


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8 comments on “Following instructions counts! Part 2
  1. Laura says:

    Oh my! It looks like they think that Deb is going to do the hiring. Not only can they not follow instructions, apparently they can’t read.

  2. Julia,

    Paying attention to instructions is critical! Unfortunately, it can be too easy, when we’re busy or in a hurry, to either skip or skim, missing important details–and sometimes the entire gist of the instructional info. It can also be tempting to simply “follow the crowd,” rather than reading the instructions for ourselves, as many of the commenters mentioned in your post obviously did.

    Thanks for the reminder!
    Jeanne Dininni

  3. Deb says:


    If I told you I receive dozens of job applications and resumes a week, would you be surprised?

    This Chicken Soup thing really surprised me though. I offer job leads and I’m not affiliated with Chicken Soup. I’m not sure how people came to the conclusion that I was hiring.

    I did try and politely send them in the right direction, but there were still some people applying after that.

    Thanks for the mention – and the reminder.


  4. Dana says:

    I bet Deb’s post turned up in the search engines for people looking to apply for jobs writing with Chicken Soup. I agree though. I’ve been making a really conscious effort to double check things since reading your Part 1 on this topic.

    It is really easy to get carried away and rush to send out the same response to five different jobs that are posted. One size does not fit all though and because of how critical our ability to follow directions in this business is, we say a lot about ourselves by the way we apply for a job!

  5. Tammi says:

    Reading before responding = listening before speaking. Always a good idea…

    I nominated you for a Thinking Blogger Award. You may have already gotten one but I wanted to stay true to my personal top five.

  6. Elisabeth says:

    Haha! Poor Deb. I’m amazed how so many writers can’t read.

  7. sue says:

    Amazing, but I suppose not too surprising. I suspect these are the people who think anybody can be a writer because it is easy — following directions not required.

  8. Jess says:

    Trust me, I have been and currently am an editor for several different projects. People cannot follow directions EVER.

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