January 17, 2011

How to Create a Freelance Writing Resume

I can remember way back when I had to create a freelance writing resume and was literally lost and didn't know where to start. I happen to already be writing for a few places, so I had some experience to place on the resume (which generally helps). After searching for days and trying to find examples from different freelance writers, I finally come up with a resume that worked best for me.

If you're having problems creating your freelance writing resume, then I have some tips I hope may help.
  • Use a basic template. Nothing fancy. 
  • As many of you already know, start out with your person information at the top. Now some people may decide (which I did) to only include their name and email address. 

Jane Doe
000 Street Name Drive
Easyville, US 99999
(123) 456-7890

  • Your objective should come next. It may look something like this:

    Professional Freelance Writer Objective

    Seeking a challenging and responsible career as a professional freelance writer by providing creative and unique writing to increase traffic and SEO.

    • Make sure your objective fits whatever position you are applying for. 
    • Next section will be dedicated to your writing styles.

    Writing Styles

    Product Reviews
    SEO Articles
    How-to Articles
    Guides & Information

    • Always make certain to list the type of style that is relevant to the freelance writing position you are applying for.
    • Next section will be for listing your previous work experience. This is current and previous freelance writing work experience. It is a good idea if you do not have any previous writing experience to publish some articles before applying for any writing jobs that require a resume. Some places you might want to consider publishing some work would be Associated Content, Helium, etc. 
    • Keep in mind, this section should probably only include experience you have in the freelance writing field. Personally, I leave out any jobs that do not relate to freelance writing.

    Freelance Writing Experience

    eHow.com, Writer's Compensation Program 2008 - 2010
    Bright Hubs, Content Producer 2009 - Present
    Demand Studios, Content Producer 2009 - Present

    • The next section of your freelance writing resume should be for your education.


    University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
    Bachelors in English Literature - 2001

    • If you have any type of certifications then I would also list them in this section.

    This is a basic freelance writing resume. It is simple and to the point, but it has worked for me and many others in the past. 

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