“A good writer will do his or her research about your organization to try to determine what type of writing you need and talk in depth about their relevant (and specific) experience to convince you that he or she is right for you.”
How to write the best freelance writer resume guide
When you build a freelance writing resume, try to see if the organization you’re applying to requires someone deep into the niche, or is it fine otherwise.
Niche freelance writing jobs require your resume to:
Display a deep subject matter expertise about the subject you’ll be writing on
Years of months of writing experience within that niche
Display if you’ve worked with a brand or recognizable name
Give a sense of autonomous work and ease of collaboration
Show Niche association memberships and awards
But, if you’re applying to a generic freelance writing gig, the following may help your freelance writer resume look good too:
Association and experience of writing for any brand
Display of working with a wide variety of clients or companies
Working across different types of content (newsletters, blogs, eBooks, whitepapers, etc)
Journalistic memberships and awards
Imagine you are applying as a freelance writer to OpenAI with your credentials of your freelance writing experience for Casino - surely, you’ll be rejected!
Once you know what type of freelance writing role you’re applying to, it’s time to transform your writing portfolio in an easy to scan resume.
Make your resume easy to scan with the right resume format
Have you been working with a wide variety of clients over the last few years? You can still use a reverse-chronological resume, but make sure that you show what you’re able to do instead of solely discussing when you did it.
Ahybrid resume format might be a better way to balance your skills and working experience with your prospective employer’s job requirements.
The top digital marketing director resume sections
Soft and technical skills
Don’t overlook your resume header
Name, location, email, title, and you’re done, right? Not exactly!
As a writer, choosing the perfect words and providing accurate information should come naturally.
Within a single line, gain the attention of hiring managers by exceeding their expectations.
Leverage your copy skills to go beyond the norm and customize everything(including the title).
In the example below, see how adding “Marketing Freelance Writer” to your title instead of “freelance writer” makes a huge difference.
Applying a more descriptive title ensures that their desired position is immediately understood.
If you do it right, before the hiring manager gets past your resume header, you’ll have them hook, line, and sinker.
PRO TIPIn this competitive industry, adding a personal website and/or certification shows that you’re ahead of other applicants.
Should I include a resume summary or objective?
For freelance writers just breaking into the writing world, consider employing a resume objective. This requires you to balance your skills with the requested skills of prospective employers.
Did we mention that a resume objective needs to be 1-2 sentences long? Not to worry: As a writer, you’ve got the exact words to do it!
So how are you going to get your freelance writer resume to the top of the pile?
Freelance writer resume summary samples
Freelance copywriterwith 5 years’ experience in the cosmetics industry seeking position at Ulta Beauty to increase conversions and traffic via content marketing campaigns.
I’m an experienced freelance copywriter who is seeking a position at a B2C cosmetics company.
In the first example, you can clearly spot the length of experience and what kind of value you intend to provide
How to write a freelance writer resume objective
For writers with a broader range of experience, a resume objective is probably a better fit.
These 4-6 sentences can extend to previous experience, certifications, and any other information that’s relevant to the job offer.
Just like your resume summary, it’s vital to include pieces of quantifiable experience. Think about ROIs, organic traffic rates, membership rates, and more.
Seasoned SEO copywriter with 5 years’ experience at multiple online cosmetics retailers. Researched and utilized keyword research (e.g. Ubersuggest, Keyword Planner) to produce 40 pieces of content each month.
I’m an SEO copywriter with multiple online cosmetics companies. Over 5 years, I was responsible for producing original content and advertisements to boost organic traffic at Ulta Beauty.
“Make sure you answer everything employers ask for—if you can't follow these simple instructions, how can you follow instructions for a basic writing assignment?”
- Syed Farhan Raza, CEO,The Inbound Crew
How should you frame your freelance writer resume experience?