- 1 Requirements
- 2 Positions
- 3 Salaries
- 4 How to Get a Writing Job
- 5 Website Writer
- 6 Publication Writer
- 7 Industry Writer
- 8 Resources
- 9 Final Thoughts
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RequirementsMost companies typically look for qualifications like a college degree in journalism, communications, literature, creative writing, media; a certain number of years’ experience; familiarity with American and British English variants; experience writing within specific industries like hospitality, tourism, or medical and fitness; and other qualifications, like a TEFL certification. Although not having a TEFL won’t limit your chances. Naturally, editorial job ads favor applicants who have finely honed written and oral communication skills. Some companies and industries also like writers who have experience in various platforms, including websites, newsletters, both online and print, social media, and marketing materials like brochures, instruction guides, signage, flyers, and the like. Some job ads are more relaxed with their needs, while others are strict. It boils down to the quality of your portfolio and the writing, rewriting, and proofreading samples they’d most definitely ask you to take a screening test.
ExperienceIf you have little-to-no professional writing or editing experience, it will be challenging to land a full-time writing or editing job. Most Thai companies look for specific editorial skills, and if they can’t find those in your CV they’d simply move onto the next candidate. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to find a job. If you’ve never written or edited professionally but have passable skills for both, you could start by signing up for online freelancing websites to create a portfolio, which I’ll talk about in another section. That or ace your prospective employer’s screening test. But seriously, have a portfolio. Even if it’s your blog. Employers are going to need to prove that you can string a few grammatically correct sentences together.
DocumentsWhether you’re applying for an editorial position in a Thai-owned company, a multinational firm, or a BOI-registered startup, which I recommend you seek out as they’re more likely to hire foreigners, hiring managers in Thailand are going to ask for official documents. Other than the skills and competencies I’ve mentioned, hiring managers will also ask you for general employment essentials, which are covered in this comprehensive guide to finding work in Thailand. You’ll have to apply for the necessary visa and work permit, which are relatively easier to get for full-time positions because in most cases, the employer assists with the process. It is more tedious for freelancers or part-timers and often needs workarounds. You can explore various options and get answers to your visa and work permit concerns by referring to this in-depth guide to Thailand visa applications.
PositionsThe positions below are the most commonly advertised, but writing and related editorial jobs are not limited to these and do, in fact, often overlap.
WriterMore often than not, job ads for creative writer, copywriter, academic writer, and other writing jobs ask applicants to have these editorial skills. For example, a company looking to hire a writer will most definitely screen candidates based on their copyediting and proofreading skills, too. When looking for specific writing positions such as creative writer or copywriter, it’s best to narrow down your search and simply use “writer” as keyword. I recommend this approach if you’re applying for posts such as academic writer as you’re not likely to find writing job ads beyond copywriter or content writer. Having said that, there is a great demand for web content writers, both part-time and full-time, and “web content writer” searches in most Thailand job portals are likely to produce plenty of results.
EditorOn the one hand, it’s hard to find English copyediting jobs in Thailand, especially if you have no Thai copywriting and reading skills. Because some companies ask that candidates be fluent in both Thai and English. It’s a competitive industry and foreigners who can speak, read, and write in Thai and English automatically gain an edge over those with zero Thai skills. On the other hand, your English copyediting experience is still valuable because there are companies that only want English writing and editing skills from a candidate. If you want to pursue editing jobs for specific industries or companies, such as website content editing and news editing, you should look at ads for those companies instead of relying on searches on general job portals. For example, if you want to work for a Thai daily or magazine, search for job ads in the Bangkok Post, The Nation, or Thailand Tattler. If you prefer to write special, Thailand-interest news and events for online publications, check for openings at BK Magazine or Coconuts Bangkok.
ProofreaderThere aren’t as many job ads for proofreaders as there are for writers and editors, but it never hurts to search. A dedicated proofreader with a sharp eye for catching spelling, punctuation, and formatting errors would be valuable to many Thai-based multinational companies. They’re the ones most likely to hire proofreaders and/or freelance writers who can write a variety of corporate material, such as quarterly and annual reports and press releases. It is well worth your while to look up job ads in LinkedIn and/or companies’ careers pages for these jobs.
InternYou wouldn’t find a lot of internship positions for writers in most job portals. You’d have to search for a particular position such as journalist, for example, and see if the results produce internship positions. Media companies in Thailand offer internship positions that typically come with basic allowances and a recommendation. These are, of course, temporary, and not all companies offer a fixed monthly salary. But companies that hire interns usually offer interns a Non-Immigrant B Visa and work permit.
SalariesTo give you an idea of the range of monthly salaries for various editorial positions, I searched to see what positions are available. I listed the figures from the job post and others were based on a rough estimate of what the company was offering at the time of writing.
Full-time PositionsRGF HR Agent Asia
- Research and Content Writer
- 20,000 baht to 40,000 baht, negotiable depending on experience
- Senior Copywriter and Editor, Junior Copywriter and Editor
- 35,000 baht to 40,000 baht
- Basic allowance of 7,000 baht and visa
Part-time PositionsThe Hive Bangkok Co Ltd
- Magazine Writer
- 20,000 baht to 25,000 baht, negotiable
- Copy Editor
- Confidential; discussed once an applicant has qualified
- Confidential; discussed once an applicant has qualified
Freelance PositionsAuto & General Services
- Qualified applicant gets paid per article, depending on the freelancer’s rates, and becomes part of a contributor team
- Confidential; discussed during the interview process
- Editor/Social Media Manager/Proofreader
- 13,000 baht to 15,000 baht