Calm down. Nobody is telling you to look for a job. You are a freelancer (and so I am), and we both know how much we dread the idea of being stuck in an office 9 to 5.
But, even as a freelancer, sometimes you might be prompted by a company or individual to send them a resume. It can happen because they don’t really understand that you aren’t going to be a remote worker. But it might be just the company’s procedure.
So, in any case, it is good that you have a stunning pre-formatted resume so you can tweak it in a few minutes if needed. And here is how you do it.
1. Craft a Brilliant Personal Profile
In this case, you don’t have a career objective, because you aren’t looking for any career in their company. But you can and should add a brilliant personal profile to your resume. There, you can tell all about your soft skills, and how reliable you are as a freelancer.
Let them know that you take your work seriously and that you aren’t on it just while you find something better. Also demonstrate that you are professional freelancer, and how happy you will be if you get the gig. And all this should be said in 4 lines tops, so feel free to ask for help to write your resume if you aren’t feeling confident.
2. Showcase Your Portfolio
More important than your previous jobs here is your portfolio. You are a freelancer, so they aren’t interested in knowing that you were such a great employee. But they definitely want to know how much you can handle all by yourself.
So choose what you have done before that match what they are looking for now, and list it on your CV. Write a brief about the working process and achievements as well. And if it is something that can be found online, add links to the finished work.
3. If You Don’t Have a Portfolio, Look for Anything Else that Can Be Related
You might be just starting as a freelancer, so it can be that you don’t have much a portfolio yet. In this case, you should think hard and find out anything you have done in your life that can be related to the job in question.
You might have published something in your school’s newspaper, and it is relevant if you are looking for a gig as a writer. Or you might have created your own website or an app just for fun. Anything like this can be added, as long it makes sense considering the job requirements.
4. Add any Links to Reinforce Your Message
As a resume is something a bit odd for a freelancer. Yours might not be that great. So you should add any links to your CV that help you to reinforce what you just said.
I’ve mentioned about your portfolio, but you should also have links to your LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, to your blog or website (or both). And to anything else that can add value to you.
5. Add Some References
If you think you can manage to get some references from previous clients, go ahead and add them to your CV. Of course, you need to clear it with them first. But your potential client will be very happy to find it there. Just have in mind that you should add any quotes from them. It only a name, job title, company name, and contact details, so don’t transform it into a testimonial.
6. Talk about Your Education
Even though qualifications hardly are mandatory for freelancers, if your client is looking for a resume, you should consider adding them to your resume. It is clear that you are dealing with someone more conservative or new on hiring freelancers. So, instead of giving them a lecture, go by the book.
But it is important that you only mention what is relevant, such as certifications and degrees related to the job. Your primary school can certainly stay out of the paper.
7. Tell them How to Hire You
Another thing that you want to do is to let them know how they can hire you. You won’t be contracted as an employee. So your cover letter should mention how they can get the work started with you.
Mention any contract you will need to be signed, what your fees are (if the job has already been fully discussed). And how you usually get paid. It will also help them to understand that you aren’t a remote worker, in case there is any confusion going on here.
8. Make it Online
And, whenever possible, create an online resume. It will give you the chance to use a more flexible format, be creative, and show that you are up-to-date with new technologies. Of course, you still should have a PDF version ready to be attached, and another version that you will adapt to the right job. But, in many cases, you will see that clients are happy enough with your online resume.
The Bottom Line
Writing a stunning resume as a freelancer is all about adapting what you already know about CV/Resume writing to your new career. The tips above are simple enough to follow, so you should be safe enough to get it done in no time. Best of luck!