Click on this help-wanted on ProBlogger - Jobs by TruConversion.
Within you will find another click to get to TruConversion's formal application.
The process of filling it out is extensive. And, after you navigate through all that, you are "encouraged" to create an original 500-word writing sample on an aspect of marketing.
Obviously, you have already invested quite a bit of your time. So, the first issue I have is: From the get-go in the application process, should you have been warned what will be encouraged?
The second issue is: Should a content player be engaged in encouraging unpaid work?
Even relatively low-paying jobs don't do that. For example, EGS, which handles online customer services for companies like Home Depot, instructs new hires to never perform tasks for which they are not paid.
No, producing an unpaid sample of what you might be able to do for an employer or client is not unethical all the time. If the opportunity is lucrative, such as ghostwriting a book for $100K, you might consider doing it.
But no specific compensation is mentioned in the TruConversion help-wanted. It could be peanuts. So, how can a sensible capitalist calculate the potential ROI of investing the time, creativity, and hope?
Another issue: Should ProBlogger - Jobs be screening the help-wanted for this kind of arrangement?
Yes, there is dog fight for work in the content marketing niche. But it is wrong to seemingly mislead and exploit those searching for opportunities. Congress should make it its business to investigate these growing practices. I look forward to observing the leadership of TruConversion testifying before Congress - and all the media.