Composing A Freelance Writer's Resume: 5 Things To Consider
- What work you previously done related to writing?
- What kind of jobs do you wish to specialise in?
- What kind of clients do you wish to attract?
- Having your resume edited and proofread by a fellow professional
- Writing good covering letters to include with resumes
When writing a resume, it can be good idea to think of any related writing work that you may have done. It doesn’t necessarily have to be work that you have been paid for, but can include relevant essays, voluntary writing work, or even blogs or websites that you may contribute to, including your own. Essentially, you want to demonstrate your expertise for any written work that you apply for.
Another useful thing to consider is whether or not you want to specialise in a particular area. For example, it may be that you wish to specialise in grant writing, e-book writing, medical writing or any other particular niche. Furthermore, as well as specialising in a particular style of writing, there may be subjects or topics that you are most keen to write about. The advantages of specialising in a niche is that it makes you more appealing to clients who require written work in that niche; however, one disadvantage is that it can limit your range of work opportunities, unless you are happy to apply for jobs that are out of your comfort zone.
It may be that you wish to attract private clients, or you may wish to use freelance websites to find people to work with. Equally, you may be looking for clients that require detailed, research-heavy work, or you may be happy to work for clients that require creative writers, without necessarily needing to research a great deal. Ultimately, there are many different types of clients you may wish to work for, so tailoring your resume to appeal most to the clients that you think will be best to work for can be a good idea.
Even as a writer yourself, it is still possible to make mistakes with any written work that you do. As a result, it can be a good idea to have your resume edited and proofread by fellow professionals. This can help to eliminate any unnecessary mistakes that could hinder your chances of winning work.
Finally, having written your resume, it is important to create a good covering letter. Your resume will cover any skills and expertise that you have as a writer, whilst the covering letter enables you to specifically address the requirements of individual clients, and shouldn’t simply be a repeat of any achievements that you have made during your career.