Summary/ Objective Section
“Is it really needed? Can’t I just show a portfolio of projects that show I’m the best person for the job.”
Absolutely Not. Clients receive more than 10 resumes on average for each project. This makes it extremely impossible for them to decide who to hire, so that’s why a good summary section on top of your resume helps them make a final decision. A perfect summary should be succinct and precise which means short and not vague. An example might be:
Award-winning freelance writer, editor, and social media manager with 10+ years’ experience creating online content to improve top-funnel acquisition.
For someone who’s just starting out, it’s better to write an objective. An example might be:
Driven writer and blogger with 3K+ active monthly readers. Editor at University journal which received 95% positive feedback from management for creativity.
Work Experience Description Section
Consider the following tips while describing your work. Try making a “skills-focused” resume rather than creating a chronological resume Customize your resume to fit the job you want, prioritizing projects relevant to the job. Quantify your achievements as much as possible.
In VisualCV, you can create a Master resume with all your projects and then make copies of that resume. Customize each copy for the specific job you are applying for.
An example for a skill-focused work description for a writer would be as follows:
- A regular contributor to Forbes, Yourstory, TechinAsia
- “Evolution of Internet Marketplaces” published in Wired at 10/8/18
- Chargebee (contract writer for over 7 years)
- Project: Increasing Top Funnel Acquisition for Professional Designers , Canva, Blog, Reached 100K+
Proofreading and Editing
- The Fourth Age by Byron Reese, 2018
- Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products Book by Nir Eyal, 2013
You can use the above method for other services such as design, web development etc.
Education section should clearly show your degrees, courses or certifications that you have completed. There is no reason to include your GPA if the job that you’re applying for isn’t your first one. Unless, of course, your GPA is very impressive (definitely if it’s perfect).
Penn State, Pennsylvania — 2019
- Active member, Psychology Student Association (PSM)
- Received Roy Scrivner Research Grants to study Adolescent behaviour.
- Published 3 articles in the school paper ranging from Psychology to computer
You should also use this section to add any certifications you might have that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.
2019—Certificate in Social Media Management (CSMM)
This is a very important section for a freelancer’s resume as client’s are searching for specific skills that their hire must have to complete the job. The best way to know which skills to add here, would be to look in the job description itself and add those skills and related skills in your skill section.
Nonetheless there are soft skills which every freelancer must have and we have made a list of them.
- Detail Oriented
- Positive Attitude
- Thrive under Pressure
- Critical Thinking
- Customer Service Leadership
Remember you can have a separate portfolio or choose to add best works in your resume itself. This is one of the most important sections for a freelancer as it gives your client a glimpse into your past work and that’ll be the deciding factor in hiring you. With VisualCV, you can add pictures, videos and almost any kind of media to easily display your work. Keep the following things in mind while choosing which work to add in your resume:
- Only include your best work and use the work you choose to show your client’s what you like or want to do and with whom
- Categorize your work samples by skill, type etc
- Add 1 line description or testimonials with your work sample
- Keep your work samples between 3 to 10.
Interests or Other Things Required
To show your client’s that you are really passionate about the field, it’s nice to add things that you do outside work and school.
This is somewhat dependent on the kind of freelancing service you offer. An example for a writer would be:
Member, American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Regular listener, Hunting the Muse: Creative Writing Podcast
2018 - Best Writer Award, Forbes
Contact Information Section
What use is the resume, if your client cannot contact you easily. Make sure you put this information on the top where it’s easily accessible and has all forms of contact information including:
- Full Name
- Work Email
- Current Phone Number
- Social Media Links