If you have been rejected time after time when applying for work as a freelancer it may be due to unexplained gaps in your CV. This can happen when trying to explain various freelance projects as a single entry. The trick in creating a successful CV is being honest about how you present your work and past projects. Make sure you are including what is unique or special about you while remaining transparent. If you want your CV to be successful then it needs to stand out among the rest. Keep in mind that the average recruiter spends only seven seconds looking at these documents before making a decision, so continue reading this article to get these tips that will help you create the perfect freelance CV.
Be Open and Honest your Freelancing
The freelancing economy is expected to grow in 2019 so there is no shame in working for yourself. However, you must be upfront and put that in your CV if that is your case. Start by creating a single entry for an honest but descriptive title such as ‘General Freelance Content Writer and Editor’. Make sure this title is inclusive for all the years you have worked as a freelancer.
It is important that you know what to include in a CV. Employers want to see your experience, accomplishments, skills and contributions towards projects. It is fine to brag but do not exaggerate or lie because you will be found out. It only takes one email or phone call to get your story from your previous employer. For example, did something you do contribute to a rise in website traffic? That is a great accomplishment but make sure you are specific in saying how you helped contribute to it. Whether it be by creating engaging blog posts, marketing or social media. The goal is to be honest and detailed.
Include Samples of your Recent and Best Work
There are general sections This part of the CV is often overlooked but it is crucial to creating the perfect freelance CV. Potential employers are not likely to hire you without seeing samples of your past work, whether that be blogs and articles you wrote or a particularly nice landing page you created. There are several ways you can go about this. You can choose to add direct links to previous work you did for your client right in your CV, attach documents of your work, or you can refer your potential employee to your website or online portfolio. Whatever you do, do not overload your CV with work samples. There should be no more than 3 – 5 in your document.
Add Your Best Clients
Be selective when adding your freelance clients to your CV. Choose the ones with the best and biggest names or the most accomplished projects and list them under your freelance title along with the years you worked for them. Your CV should not be longer than two pages so make sure you only include the clients you think re the most likely to impress your potential employer.
Include your Online Accounts and Portfolio
A creatively written CV will help you stand out from the crowd but employers are looking for more than just experience. They want physical evidence of your work and feedback from your past clients. The best way to present them with this information is to create an eye catching portfolio and present them with your portfolio through a link on your CV.
Your online presence is equally as important so be sure to include links to your own website Linked In, Facebook, and field specific profiles.
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