Your resume talks to your customers before you
Imagine you have to go to a dentists (yeah, it is never fun, I know) – and there are several in your area. Will you choose the one with a sign on the door “Dentist – $50 per hour” or you will prefer the one who lists what services they offer and where other people are going?
Without a resume and testimonials you would be like the first one. Your testimonials are like the patients who go to the dentists – if you see there are some, chances are he is good.
Your resume is a detailed description of your services, your talents and a proof that you have them.
Your resume is vital for your success as a freelancer
So how to write a good resume? For sure you have seen some resume templates and you know basically how to do it. But I am sure you want to make your resume g-r-e-a-t.
Think about what people are interested to read in your CV. When you go to the dentists you don’t want to know their personal life, their past or what music they like. You want to receive only relevant information – is that dentists good, is he qualified, does he work carefully. You need only relevant information and everything else may push you off.
The more relevant your resume is, the better impression it will make to the buyers. This is really important, so let me repeat:
The more relevant your resume is, the better impression it will make to the buyers.
So, you got the picture. Now, let’s see what your CV should contain:
- Full name
- Contact details – email and/or phone, website URL if any
- Picture! – posting your picture builds credibility and increases client’s response. Don’t underestimate this
- An objective – this is a short sentence describing what types of projects you would like to work on
- Education – be very short – it does not matter too much in freelancing
- Skills, grouped by categories and showing the years of experience. For example “Programming: PHP (5 years), Perl (2 years)”.
- Past work experience if any – start from the latest, then go back in time. The oldest experience goes at the end
- Portfolio with projects you have worked on – next to each project explain what part of the work you have done yourself
- Any non profit work like participating in open source projects
- Online publications and references (if any)
That’s it. You see, the freelancer’s resume is not much different than any other CV, but it should put more emphasis on the work experience and projects rather than the education.
Don’t underestimate this writing effort. One hour more spent in writing your CV can save you hundreds of hours contacting potential buyers, promoting yourself to them and explaining about your proffessionality. The resume can do a lot of this work for you. Read it several times, refine it, then repeat this process until you are satisfied.
You now know how to write resume. Put this into action and outline your first draft right now. See this sample resume to get even better idea.
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