A Guide For Beginners In Freelance Writing: How To Create Your Resume
A resume is still one of the best ways to show someone what your qualifications are and what you’re capable of doing. Resumes have changed somewhat over the last few years, and it’s worth using an updated style.
The resume isn’t a complete representation of who you are, but its purpose is to capture the interest of a future employer or client. For a guide on how to put together a winning resume, keep reading.
- Use the right style of resume. Keep it simple and use a traditional format if that’s what you’re most comfortable with. Creative or innovative formats work well in some circumstances depending on where you are applying. Choose one of the following options.
The dos and don’ts of listing your work experience.
- Place your freelance experience in chronological order.
- Organize by skill or function.
- Brand strategy – this shows what you did for specific companies or projects.
- Each time you complete a project, write a 1-sentence description of it and not down the date as well. It’s difficult to remember back over months and months of gigs. Keep this record up-to-date at all times.
- List the high calibre companies you’ve worked for, even if the gig was small. This is called namedropping and yes, it works.
- Brag a little. Let your big accomplishments be known. Remember, you are in competition with other writers.
If testimonials are available, include them. You don’t need too many of them; a few gems is enough.
Work on your pitch.
- Don’t include so many details in your resume that people get overloaded. A long and tedious resume can be very annoying and become boring. 2 pages is usually overkill. One way to avoid this is only including a 10 word description for jobs over 3-5 years old. Older than 10 years, all they warrant is a job title.
- Don’t exaggerate the contributions you made to a project or a company. All it takes is a simple email for someone to find out you are exaggerating.
- Don’t use more than 1 page if at all possible.
Remember you’re not just an individual writer, you run a writing business. Tell a prospective client what services you can offer them; don’t just focus on how amazing you are (but tell them that as well!) you need to show them how you can help them solve their writing needs/problems.