Have you been considering stepping into the freelancing world? Writing is a great place to start. It doesn’t take much to become a freelance writer, and it’s quite easy to build a basic portfolio to get you off the ground.
But, the writer’s resume is a different story.
You may think that freelance writers don’t need a traditional resume. Instead, they’d do just fine with a professional LinkedIn profile and good sales skills. But, you’ll be surprised how often prospects do ask for a resume to prove your professionalism.
Benefits of Having a Resume for Freelance Writers
Not having a resume doesn’t mean you’ll lose the deal. However, preparing one would increase your credibility in your prospect’s eyes. Your resume also makes up for when you couldn’t share previous writing samples due to NDA restrictions, ghostwriting jobs, and other reasons.
Keeping an updated resume also provides you with more job security. Your resume could help you find a transitioning part-time gig if time gets hard. We all know how competitive the writing field has been. Having your freelancing work on your resume could help you stand out from the competition.
Identify Your Target Client
Most freelancers have a wide range of work experience. Therefore, step one to a solid resume for freelance writers is knowing your target client.
Understand what projects, experiences, and qualifications are more valuable to those people. And try to figure out what type of content they are seeking.
You can also tailor your resume to the open position you’re applying for.
Start with a Brief Summary
Remember what we talked about in building a strong LinkedIn profile? Good. Your resume is somewhat similar to that profile. For one, it’s wise to write a summary at the beginning of your resume.
Many freelancing gigs do not ask for a cover letter. So, the summary becomes the only place you can truly speak for yourself. But keep it condensed and straight to the point within one paragraph: this is not social media, after all!
Group By Niches
Sometimes a job post isn’t niche specific. For example, agencies hiring writers would prefer someone with various industry experience.
In this case, group your past experiences and portfolio items by niches. For example: food & beverage, entertainment, entrepreneurship, etc. This allows you to list the most impressive clients under each category.
This approach also suits industry writers. For example, if you specialize in real estate, you can further segment your experiences into investment and brokerage, lending, residential, commercial, etc.
Choose The Best Projects and Experiences
Similar to traditional resumes, a resume for freelance writers should highlight the most valuable, accomplished experiences.
As a general rule:
- Enterprise clients are more valuable than small business clients
- Long-term clients or larger projects speak more volume than short-term, smaller projects
- Focus on U.S.-based clients if you’re applying within the United States
When possible, include live links to past articles under your name. If you’ve mainly done ghostwriting, list the companies you’ve worked with but don’t disclose any specific writing sample.
Link Your Socials
For freelance writers, it’s helpful to link your socials to your resume.
Think about how often you’re asked to provide a resume when applying on a freelancing platform. In this case, you don’t need to worry about online application systems not reading the interactive links. Instead, your prospect will download your resume himself and go through it.
If you’ve put effort into building your online content, linking your socials would highly increase the likelihood of getting hired. Personally, I’ve had quite a few clients tell me they decided to hire me because they felt a connection after going through my LinkedIn posts.
Resume For Freelance Writers: Love It When You Have It
I get it.
Those of us who have been our boss for a long time hate the idea of having to put together a resume. Every bit of that implies too close to becoming a part of the regular workforce again.
But… trust me. You won’t regret the effort in putting together a writer’s resume. It helps your prospect decide to hire you and serves as a mini-portfolio with all your best work.
Unlike proposals, you can reuse your resumes in most cases, making your bidding and gig-searching process easier.
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