5 Keys to Making Your Freelance Writer’s Resume Stand Out


More and more people nowadays want to try their hand at freelance writing. A great lot of resumes are being sent out every day in efforts to fill in vacant writing positions. The truth is that most of them are quickly looked through, as HR managers cannot possibly review each CV. Therefore, your resume has to catch the eyes of your potential employers. Use the following tips to make your CV stand out:

  1. Keep it simple and short.
    • First of all, organize your resume either by chronology or by skills. The latter is especially useful for freelancers, as skills and projects usually have more value than chronology.
    • Unnecessary information should not be included in your resume. Write briefly and to the point, otherwise your employer might get bored or frustrated with the details. You can exceed 1 page if you need, but try to stay within 2 or 3 pages.
    • Furthermore, do not use many different fonts and colors. It makes you look unprofessional. You can make your resume different from the usual black and white design by employing some subtle colors, but you do not want to overuse them either.
  2. Accommodate your resume to the job.
  3. It is a mistake to send the same CV to different employers. You should modify it accordingly. Include projects and skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Put down only your best work experience, and show that you are competent and qualified to do what is required.

  4. Do not use clichés.
  5. Remember that almost all applicants would describe themselves as “creative,” “results oriented,” and “having excellent writing skills.” You do not want to be the same. Think of something different, like “aspiring word painter with a knack for writing.”

  6. Add samples of your best work and a cover letter.
  7. You can go on and on about your excellent writing, but an example of your work is the best evidence you can produce. Do not be afraid to attach samples or provide links to your previous projects or clients. A well written cover letter is also a huge plus. Some recruiters won’t even consider a resume without a cover letter.

  8. Indicate your online presence.
  9. In this day and age, freelance writers cannot but have their own websites. It can be your best advertisement; your website may include samples of your work, projects, clients, and services you can offer. This makes you look professional and shows you have your business organized. You might also include your Facebook/Twitter/etc. account, but only if it heightens your professional skills.

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