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15 Pro Hints For Freelancers: How To Craft An Excellent Resume

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.

  1. 1. Organize your work experience by projects or skills rather than chronology.
  2. 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.

  3. 2. Always mention the biggest names you’ve worked for.
  4. 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.

  5. 3. Use a recognizable job title.
  6. Do not invent any “creative” job titles. An ordinary “copywriter” or “food photographer” title will serve better.

  7. 4. Begin each description with a verb.
  8. “Developed,” “created,” and “achieved” – these words should open every sentence detailing your experience.

  9. 5. Keep your CV within two pages
  10. Ideally, you should fit all you have to say into a single page without making your text too dense.

  11. 6. Use testimonials.
  12. Not many people do it, so a single praise from your satisfied client will make your resume stand out.

  13. 7. Use numbers rather than adjectives.
  14. Instead of “I worked for a large advertising company,” try “I worked for a company with $1 million ad sales a year.”

  15. 8. Leave meaningless words out.
  16. Do not describe yourself as “professional,” “detail-oriented,” or “creative.” These words do not mean anything.

  17. 9. Explain how you can help.
  18. 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.

  19. 10. Include samples of your work.
  20. 11. Include your hobbies, even if they have nothing to do with the job.
  21. Unusual hobbies or interests are a great way to make your resume stand out.

  22. 12. Put your education last.
  23. For most clients, your education matters, but it is less important than job experience so put it at the bottom.

  24. 13. Put the most important information in the upper middle area of the first page.
  25. The reader’s eyes will naturally fall there.

  26. 14. Update regularly.
  27. Add any new projects you have completed.

  28. 15. Modify your resume for each gig you apply for.
  29. 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.