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Good writers are always in demand. A company’s ability to effectively communicate internally with employees, and externally with customers and business partners is a key factor for success.

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all about contract writer jobs

A contract writer working within an administration support role can mean many things. You could be hired to write internal communications, instruction guides and manuals, marketing material, technical documents and help with many other types of content projects. Contract writers can also work under a number of employment agreements. They can work on contract, by the project, and full time.

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what contract writer jobs entail

Contract writers jobs can vary based on your employee agreement. Most work in-house in an office setting with the possibility of working remotely. They may work on contract, freelance, part-time, or full-time. You will report to a project manager or department manager.

Part of your job will include conducting research, meeting with people internally and externally, and sitting in on meetings related to the writing project on which you are working. Additional hours may be required to meet tight deadlines.

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average contract writer salaries in canada

Contract writers have an average annual salary of close to $50,000 per year. Your starting salary and maximum salary will depend largely on your level of experience and the type of work you are doing. Experience and quality work samples can help increase the salary you can command.

One of the key ways to boost your earning potential is to work for multiple companies. Working on a number of projects allows you to increase your overall salary and have career flexibility. Many contract writers work full time and take on freelance projects on the side.

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your day to day tasks

Writing is only one part of a contract writer job. Contract writers need to have detailed knowledge of what they are writing, work collaboratively with others within the organization, and ensure what they write is aligned with business goals and objectives. Some responsibilities include:

  • writing content
  • researching content ideas
  • meeting and interviewing people with insights into writing projects
  • proofreading and editing
  • collaborating with marketing, HR, and legal to ensure content meets specifications
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where you can work

Good content writers are needed by every company, especially to support human resources and administrative tasks. Popular industries for contract writers include marketing, sales, communications, technology, and business services. Jobs are also available in many other industries. Contract writer positons are available in cities across the country. However, you may be able to work remotely, depending on the company. This opens the door to job opportunities outside of where you live.

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what you bring to the table

Contract writers are required to have a diverse skill set to support their writing abilities. You must be a strong communicator, insightful, and have experience with the subject matter you're writing about. Some desirable skills companies look for include:

  • strong writing samples
  • experience writing about specific subject matter related to the business
  • ability to write clear, concise copy
  • attention to detail
  • creative mindset
  • experience working with a variety of word processing software tools and applications

Specific technical or business skills may be required, depending on the hiring company.

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training and certifications

While there are no specific educational requirements for contract writers, most hiring companies require candidates to have a college diploma or university degree in communications, business administration, marketing, English or other related fields. Expect hiring companies to request writing samples or require you to write a sample piece as part of your application. Companies want experienced writers who have had success and are experienced in their industry.

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where your career is headed

Contract writers have diverse career options. There is never a shortage of companies looking for great writers to help them with business, marketing, and communications. Some contract writers move into content management roles or other related roles in administration and marketing.

Are you a writer? Looking to take the next step in your career? Contact Randstad Canada today to explore your writing career options.

latest contract writer jobs available

  • Architectural Specifications Writer Oakville

    2019-05-22 Oakville, Ontario Permanent $ 80 - $ 100 per year

    Our client is currently looking for a Senior Specification Writer on a full-time permanent basis. The ideal candidate will have 10-15 years of experience writing specifications on large scale commercial and institutional projects. Responsibilities: Review architectural design drawings to identify ...

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  • Marketing Content Writer Toronto

    2019-05-06 Toronto, Ontario Temporary

    Our GTA client seeks a Marketing Content Writer for 12 month contract located Downtown Toronto. Our ideal candidate will have: 3-5 years experience creating & writing professional marketing content (either B2B or B2C) • Knowledge and awareness of the latest marketing trends (outward focused) • ...

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  • Proposal Coordinator - 14 Month Contract Ottawa

    2019-05-03 Ottawa, Ontario Temporary

    Are you extremely proficient in Word and an expert at quality assurance? You’re attention to detail is out of this world? You’re eligible for security clearance? We’re looking for a Proposal Writer with all of these skills to join an awesome team on a 14-month fixed term contract at our Randstad ...

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  • Internal Communications Specialist Montreal

    2019-04-18 Montreal, Québec Temporary

    Internal Communications Specialist - 1-year contract (maternity leave replacement) Are you a talented storyteller, a masterful project planner and an inspiring organizational culture promoter? Are you motivated by a fast-paced, engaging and inclusive work environment? We have a role for you! ...

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