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January 25, 2020

How to Make Your Freelance Resume Truly Stand Out

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Whether you are currently looking for new freelance work or are just spicing up your overall paperwork, one secret to getting the job that you want is to create a successful resumé. Read on to find out how to do this.

10. Start Big, Then Go Small
Everybody knows how important it is to keep one's freelancer resumé short. However, one great way to ensure that your resumé stands out is by starting it out long. Start off with a blank text document and fill it with any information you want to include. Then, go on from there. This will help ensure that you don't forget anything, and it will help whenever you want to change things up for other freelancing opportunities, as well.

9. Know What You Shouldn't Include
When narrowing down your many accomplishments, you have to ensure that you add the highly important stuff. So, get rid of those not-so-notable and outdated freelancing accomplishments. Many phrases can be a mere waste of ink, too, so make sure you get rid of them, as well.

8. Steer Clear of Overused Phrases
Your resumé won't stand out if it's filled with canned phrases like "innovative", "team player", and "strong work ethic". These tired phrases show up far too many times in freelancer resumés, so clean out those clichés if you have them in yours.

7. Quantify Real Accomplishments
After getting rid of those canned phrases, choose quantifiable things, i.e. anything that can be described in numbers. Mentioning how you "increased the sales by 300%", or talking about how you accomplished that, would be so much better compared to saying "exceeded expectations". Numbers are always good when subtly showing off your freelancing accomplishments - remember that.

6. Look for and Use the Right Keywords
In today's day and age, a lot of people pass their resumés out like they're free candy and because of this, they hardly ever get read. Instead, employers will now scan for relevant keywords first, such as important computer programs. If they see these keywords on your resumé, the chances of it getting read by them will be much higher.

5. Strategically Change Your Employment Dates
Employers don't like job-hoppers very much, so if you kept changing freelance jobs instead of sticking to one, you should avoid pulling attention to that fact. You can do this by formatting your resumé differently. Instead of highlighting the dates, pull focus onto the jobs instead. Use years when describing the terms of employment, for instance. This would be much better compared to taking the month and year stance on things.

4. Try Making a Video Resumé or Slideshow
Although a lot of employers still prefer basic single-page resumés, others would love to see your accomplishments and personality in a more in-depth way, like through a video resumé or slideshow. If this is the case, make sure it is worth watching. After all, if you have a boring slideshow, you won't help yourself at all.

3. Do Not Hand It Over Until the Very End
Several employers might ask to see your resumé the minute you walk in for the interview. If they don't, though, try and hold it off. A lot of employers tend to scan resumés and reject people from the off. So, if you wait until the very end, you can show off what you have to offer on your own first and make potential employers see you in a different light before they check out your boring list of freelancing accomplishments.

2. Use Different Resumés for Different Jobs
If you are currently looking at different jobs, regardless of which fields they are in, you might want to use a different resumé each time. Customize your resumé for every job that you want to apply for and make your resumé unique each time. There is no point in giving every employee the exact same list of freelance experiences anyway since they will all be looking for something completely different in you.

1. Proofread It
After getting your resumé ready, do not forget to proofread it. To ensure that you proofread it as well as possible, you can start from the bottom. This will ensure that you do not skip any sections while helping you see things from a different perspective at the same time. Try it out yourself!

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June 8, 2011 - 12:01 am
That's really thikning out of the box. Thanks!
May 4, 2011 - 1:33 am
Certainly you must proofread your resume. This should really be number one if there are mistakes that looks poorly on you so you have a greater chance of being passed up. Always change your resume to fit the employer, they can tell if its a generic one and it may not fit in with what the employer is looking for.
April 22, 2011 - 8:08 pm
Nice post. I've been on both sides of the job hiring desk, and I must say that the most frustrating thing from the employer's side is how many resumes are sent without obviously being proofread first. I mean take a little pride in what you do and proofread your resume before sending it to anyone, especially for spelling and grammar. There's simply no excuse for misspellings or grammatical errors. I agree wholeheartedly that 'Proofread It' should be #1.
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