Your freelance resume is the main means of selling yourself to customers; it can either get you a job or ruin your chances. Craft a CV that works for you, and you will be rewarded with a shower of well-paying gigs.
Write a skill, then list jobs and projects where you have used it. This technique can make your resume impressive, even if you don’t have much experience.
You might have done a great project for a small family company, but most employers would rather be impressed by a minor job for a large corporation. Big names make your resume shine.
Do not invent any “creative” job titles. An ordinary “copywriter” or “food photographer” title will serve better.
“Developed,” “created,” and “achieved” – these words should open every sentence detailing your experience.
Ideally, you should fit all you have to say into a single page without making your text too dense.
Not many people do it, so a single praise from your satisfied client will make your resume stand out.
Instead of “I worked for a large advertising company,” try “I worked for a company with $1 million ad sales a year.”
Do not describe yourself as “professional,” “detail-oriented,” or “creative.” These words do not mean anything.
Find out the client’s main need (by reading his or her job description), and come up with a specific response to it. Put it at the top, where “career objectives” are normally placed.
Unusual hobbies or interests are a great way to make your resume stand out.
For most clients, your education matters, but it is less important than job experience so put it at the bottom.
The reader’s eyes will naturally fall there.
Add any new projects you have completed.
Do not create a general CV to send everywhere. Rather, tailor it to the needs of a particular customer. Emphasize the skills he or she is likely to appreciate.