8 things recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in a freelance resume
This is generally going to be the core of your freelance resume. It’s best to list your experience in reverse-chronological order (starting with your most recent experience at the top). In the bullets below your experience, focus on demonstrating your impact in concrete terms as detailed above.
2. Most Proud Of
This section is one of the best places to really show your personality and passions. It’s also good for freelancers who do multiple types of work. Here you can break down how you divide your time between all the things you do.
Often, a job description will mention the skills required. This section is ideal for listing the skills you possess which match what the client is looking for. This makes it easy for either an ATS or human to see that you have what’s required for the job. Just be sure to back up your skills elsewhere in your resume if possible. Giving an example of why you have a skill is always more effective than simply stating that you have it.
If you have too many freelance projects to comfortably fit into an experience section (or would like to put your formal jobs in one place and freelance work elsewhere) this is the ideal section. Similar to your experience section, try and focus on showing your impact and what you achieved in each project.
While this section may not seem relevant everywhere, speaking multiple languages actually increases your likelihood of getting hired. Why? It shows your ability to learn, focus, think critically, and consider other perspectives. Needless to say, these are valuable traits for any freelancer.
If you’re a real star in your field, adding relevant achievements says a lot in a very small space. That’s why this section is a no-brainer for anyone with the right achievements to show off.
Similar to skills above, this is a convenient place to list all the tech you’re comfortable with. This is especially important when the job has specific requirements. Just be sure you’re mentioning the technologies the job offer asked for and not unrelated ones.
8. Education and Courses
Plenty of freelancers aren’t doing what they originally studied to do, but if you have any relevant coursework it makes sense to include it. This could be a non-academic class which taught you some skills which you apply to the work you do. Just consider what will be informative for the client evaluating your resume.
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the Freelance role you want
In most cases, the most effective thing you can do to improve your chances of getting hired is to get referred to a position. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to everyone else who make it to an interview just 2% of the time. Needless to say, investing in the kind of personal connections and networks you need to get such a referral is invaluable.
So before you start applying, be sure to check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.