Skills, skills, skills – in this day and age we are blessed that technology has opened the door to so many new job prospects that simply weren’t even thought of when I was at school. Like, take me for example, I have my own Social Media company which focuses mainly on the food and beverage industry where I roll out content for my clients on Facebook and Instagram to grow their following and increase their engagement. Was this a job when I was at school, looking through the manuals of “what do I want to be when I grow up” Nope. I bet at least a quarter of you reading this will in the future end up in jobs that don’t even exist today, that’s a cool thought right?
My point is, I freelance, I freelance for all of Social Media clients, heck I even Freelance for Skillsroad and all the while why I am working flexible hours and being my own boss I am also building up my resume. Some people think because you freelance you don’t need a resume but I tend to disagree, your resume would come in handy if you were:
- Pitching to a client for a new account
- You’re returning to traditional employment
- You’re applying for work though a recruiter or agency
- Or you are applying for a professional licence or certificate
- You are trying to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
You might be wondering where is the best time to promote your skills and find some Freelance work in your field of expertise? You can advertise your skills on sites like:
It’s all about experience and even if your freelance work doesn’t exactly correlate with the role you have applied for it does show your potential employer that you are a go-getter with skills up your sleeve should they ever be needed. Or you could start in a role that has nothing to do with your freelance skill set then move into a different department where your skills could be utilised.
Your freelance resume should include the following points:
1. Job Title
2. List your Freelance Clients
3. Don’t be afraid to explain any gap periods on your resume where work might have been slow or non-existence, that’s the dice you roll when deciding to step into a freelance role, employers will understand. You are better to be honest than make something up.
4. Where you can share your online portfolio, social media accounts and any other online content you might have worked on.
5. Be aware that Freelancers are often encouraged to submit a functional or creative resume. While those resume formats work great for resumes that will be seen by humans, those formats may cause an ATS to reject your resume, so we recommend you submit the resume in either .DOC or .TXT format, plus focus on key words used in the job listing.
Your resume is the first introduction to getting the job you want so be concise, to the point, and double check your spelling and grammar. Freelancing can earn you extra money while increasing your experience for any jobs you may apply for in the future – winning right?!
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