Freelancer Resume Examples And Tips

The average resume reviewer spends between 5 to 7 seconds looking at a single resume, which leaves the average job applicant with roughly six seconds to make a killer first impression. Thanks to this, a single typo or error on your resume can disqualify you right out of the gate.

At Zippia, we went through over 6,879 Freelancer resumes and compiled some information about how best to optimize them. Here are some suggestions based on what we found, divided by the individual sections of the resume itself.

Five Key Resume Tips For Landing A Freelancer Job:

Relevant Experience
Make sure that the jobs, experience, and accolades that you do include are relevant to the position you’re applying for.
The Right Skills
This is a great time to run wild with those keywords found in the job description. If they’re looking for someone with Web Content, be sure to list it as a skill.
Quantifiable Achievements
Achievements and awards relevant to the position speak louder than a high GPA, especially if you can quantify your achievement with a number.
Your Unique Qualities
Recruiters and hiring managers are looking at hundreds of resumes. Let yours stand out, and try not to sound too boring.
Strong Content
If you’ve had a lot of jobs, this shouldn’t necessarily be a list of all of them. This is a document designed to market you to a potential employer, so choose the strongest content.

How To Write A Freelancer Resume

Contact Information
First things first — employers only spend about six seconds looking at resumes before they decide to keep them or throw them away, so you should definitely let them know whose it is.
Commute and relocation are things that employers take into consideration when sifting through candidates, so provide your current address in your resume header so that employers have an idea of where you are in relation to their office.
LinkedIn Profile
If you feel that a link to your social media profile could further your standing as a candidate, go ahead and include it. This doesn’t mean you should throw in a link to your hilarious Twitter profile, but instead provide your LinkedIn profile.
Professional Summary (Objective)
Career objective statements are one of the most overlooked pieces of otherwise stellar resumes. It’s not that every Freelancer CV out there needs one — it’s just that the ones that really do need them typically never think to include them.
The goal of this section is simple: to summarize the resume in a few short sentences. Through your resume summary you enable employers to quickly learn whether you are a good match for the job. Here are a few things to keep in mind when writing a professional summary:
Keep it short: it should be 4 sentences max
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements

Not sure which skills are really important?

3 Big Tips For Listing Skills On Your Resume
For Freelancers, the skill that stands out above all others in terms of how frequently it shows up on freelancer resumes is web content, which is more than twice as common as the next common skill: adobe photoshop. Including these skills on your resume won't necessarily make you stand out from the crowd, but they can help reinforce your experience as a freelancer.
Top Skills for a Freelancer
Online, 5%
Html, 3%
See All Freelancer Skills
Here are a few key points of to keep in mind while writing your skills section:
Include between 6 to 12 skills
Make sure to only include hard skills
Highlight your most impressive skills or achievements
The work experience section of a resume is all about highlighting the achievements that an employer would want to see. Here are some examples from different Freelancers:

Example # 1

Web Graphic Designer

BCBG Max Azria Group
  • Prepared and designed PowerPoint presentation.
  • spot illustrations for magazines and newspapers Responsible for designing logos, posters, apparel.
  • Created an email blast program to increase communication with association members and reduce printing costs and paper waste.
  • Designed and developed print materials, multimedia assets, interactive presentations and web content to support marketing.
  • Created new designs for FedEx PowerPoint template.

Example # 2

Design Volunteer

  • Utilize CAD drafting systems to create technical drawings for building construction and product manufacturing.
  • Design and sales utilizing 20/20, a Solidworks program.I have over thirty years ofAppliance, flooring, cabinetry and trim.
  • Design kitchens for customers using CAD system for new or replacement cabinets and counter tops.
  • Lead supervisor for sample process.
  • Supported the CAD team in printing CAD packages and creating plaids for Fall 2015.

Example # 3

Costume Designer

Sunrise Senior Living Management
  • Maintained up-to-date knowledge of wardrobes and available hair.
  • Design and wardrobe styling for feature length horror film, including monster attire.
  • Constructed garments, detailed and altered costumes for everyday shaws.
  • Managed wardrobe on set, styling talent for all looks.
  • Worked with numerous production companies in various capacities including designer, design assistant, wardrobe, draper and stitcher.

Example # 4

Graphic Designer And Photographer

Thomas Road Baptist Church
  • Increased mailing database +100% and email database +400%.
  • Edit word documents, excel files, power points, PDFS, and HTML files.
  • Designed branded html and print invitations, announcements, powerpoint presentations, brochures, white papers and additional marketing collateral.
  • Created high-fidelity screen mock-ups for desktop and mobile, icons, specification documents, graphical assets, and presentations.
  • Design marketing materials for Unity Printing such as newsletters, pens, calendars, schedules, labels, and t-shirts.

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Write your work experience section in a way that embraces your freelancer skills. Sounds easier said than done? Take a look at how other people have done it. Below are real examples from freelancer resumes that people have included in their work experience section to demonstrate their knowledge of key skills:
As a freelancer, you may be curious how your education stacks up against other applicants. As long as you have a bachelor's degree, you're in the majority. Our research showed that most Freelancers have a 4-year degree as the highest education level.
Based on our analysis of freelancer resumes, the most common major for freelancer candidates is Graphic Design, but other majors made their way in as well. Communication, Business and Journalism were relatively common.
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As shown above, the Education section can be very brief. However make sure to include the following:
The name of the school you attended
The year you attended
Your major
Your GPA
The level of education you attained