In 2010 the software company Inuit researched the U.S. Workforce. According to its results, by 2020 above 40% of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers. It’s more than 60 million people.
The freelance movement is growing and powerful. In 2014, 33% of the U.S. workforce tried freelancing within the year.
Why Is Freelancing so Popular?
The main reason employers hire freelancers is money. It is cheaper to hire a remote worker as freelancers do not get the majority of benefits (such as paid leave or insurance). Freelancers help small businesses develop before they are ready to hire more employees.
As a rule, customers hire freelancers for specific tasks. Being a freelancer implies that you are a specialist in a certain field and you do not need extra training. In case the company has temporary budget issues, it will not have to worry about benefits payouts for freelancers.
According to a survey made in 2014, half of the surveyed freelancers were able to find a job within 3 days with the help of social media and networking. One quarter was able to find a job within 24 hours.
To gain success in the freelancer’s profession, you have to take several steps. First of all, it is essential to know how to list freelance jobs on the resume. Prospective clients need to see all your skills.
Tailor Your Resume to the Prospective Customer
When writing a freelancer resume, you have to focus not on your school, university, or usual chronological career details. The emphasis should be put on your achievements and what you can do for a potential employer.
Your customers will hire you to complete some tasks. Your goal is to demonstrate to them you can complete it as fast as possible.
The Ladders conducted an interesting study. It shows that recruiters spend only 6 seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether it is worth their attention. That is why each resume should be tailored to the customer or company you want to impress.
It is time-consuming to write a new resume for each new job. However, it is worth it. If you make your resume targeted, it will make your recruiter see only what you want him to see. If you create a version that corresponds to the company’s needs, you will make a better impression.
Include a Separate Section for Skills
You are trying to show the customer or employer what you can do for him/her. That is why you should include a separate section for skills and certifications.
If you know an in-demand programming language or a software program, have years of experience that requires a long time to learn, this is the section that will allow you to brag a little.
In your freelance career, do not claim the skills everyone has, like Microsoft Office or Internet literacy. Don’t claim you are an expert in an almost unknown area as well.
Use Keywords, Action Words, and Dollar Signs
Action words present you as a person who gets things done. The right resume keywords are also essential, particularly if you are applying online. If you use keywords, you will beat ATS successfully. Analyze job listing to figure out what keywords to use.
Read the following infographic to discover what else you need to gain success in the freelancer career: