Guest Post Guidelines
Get exposure to our network of job seekers and professionals! Please read through the guest post guidelines and expectations before submitting an article for consideration.
PREFERRED LENGTH: 800+ words; no more than 1,500 words
TOPICS: Job Search Tips, Networking Tips, Interviewing Tips, Workplace Tips, Career Tips
ORIGINALITY: Articles must contain new and original ideas and offer value to the readers. Double-check that we have not already published an article covering your idea. Bring a unique perspective to the topic you are writing about. Work you did not write is unacceptable. A previously published article with just a few updates or additions is also unacceptable.
SOURCES: Only include reliable sources when using quotes or statistics. Focus on creating high-quality original content, not adding external links.
INTERVIEWS: Please get potential interviewees approved (Requests to firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to scheduling an interview on your own especially if the person is notable or well-known. Please indicate in the piece that the article is based on an interview to validate original reporting.
AFFILIATE/PROMOTIONAL CONTENT: You may include one (1) affiliate link or link directing traffic to your content, your products/service, or your blog/website within the article's content.
I reserve the right to reject your article for any reason without explanation. If your piece is riddled with typos and/or factual errors, it will not be accepted.
STEP 1: Review the 14-Point Style Guide
- Serial commas: his, hers, and theirs. Not his, hers and theirs.
- Commas and periods always go inside the end quote marks.
- Single spaces after periods.
- Single quotes belong only around quotes within quotes.
- An ideal paragraph length is two to three sentences.
- Add subheading, bullets, and lists to break up long blocks of text.
- Don’t use links in subheadings. Use them only in your text.
- Capitalize all words in headings and subheadings.
- A company or organization or government agency is an “it,” never a “they.” For the possessive pronoun, when you refer to possession by a single person or company, use “its,” not “their.” Similarly, when you write about a company’s web audience, mention “the audience’s members” before saying “them.” An audience is not a “them.”
- Be consistent with pronouns: If you start with the pronoun “you,” stick with it. Avoid mixing “we,” “I,” “he/she” and “you” all in the same article unless necessary.
- Be consistent with verb tenses throughout the article. Remember that the present perfect tense (“That company has followed the same policy for years”) expresses ongoing action.
- Avoid repeating the same words, points, and themes.
- Numbers under 10 are written out (unless appearing with the word “percent.”) Numbers 10 or higher are written as numerals (unless they start a sentence). Years are always expressed with numerals.
- If you must use jargon, particularly abbreviations and acronyms nobody else knows, spell these out on the first reference (followed by the abbreviation in parentheses).
STEP 2: Review the By-line/Author Bio Options
Submit a short bio exceeding no more than 2-3 sentences including:
- Your Name
- Your Company's Name (optional)
- Your Location (or Your Company's Headquarters)
- A Link to Your (or Your Company's) Website
- A high-quality headshot
For your bio, please do not use overly promotional or personal language.
STEP 3: Review the Submission Process
Contributors should expect to receive a response within 5-7 business days. If you haven't heard from Off The Clock Resumes after 10 business days, your article was likely rejected.
Accepted articles may require some minor revisions, and suggestions to improve your article in alignment with the Off The Clock Resumes brand will be provided.
Once the article is approved, you will receive an email notifying you of your scheduled publication date. You will also receive an email alert when your article is published.