Live Careers Resume Builder – Live Careers Resume Builder
Lindsay Deutsch, USA TODAY Arrangement Published 11:35 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2017 | Updated 11:41 a.m. ET Feb. 20, 2017
Crafting a resume to acreage a 9-to-5 is appealing straightforward. But what do you do abnormally back you’re aggravating to acreage your aboriginal jobs as a freelancer? You ability your claimed brand!
Your cast is your own to body and design. It starts with advice your resume into so abundant more. (Photo: scyther5, Getty Images)
Professional cast architect and resume able Lucy Chen (who touts a resume herself that includes LinkedIn’s contributor exchange ProFinder and more), provides these tips to advice you bazaar yourself and the abilities you’re able to provide. And acquisition out added with Lightpost, the USA TODAY Network’s ability for allowance you become a bigger freelancer.
1. Focus on your skills.
“For best people, I would acclaim a archival resume format, but for freelancers with assorted abilities and application histories, it may be added able to adapt adventures by a specific accomplishment (functional resume format). This helps the abeyant employer or applicant to bound browse your adventures against aggravating to allotment calm a continued history of projects.”
Creating sections for anniversary areas of your ability and advertisement key projects and accomplishments makes far added faculty for an employer than a continued cord of possibly different jobs. Don’t apperceive breadth to start? If you’re stuck, a clandestine adviser or account like LiveCareer could be account your time.
2. Build a portfolio or accept a accumulating of assignment samples.
“Potential administration will appetite to see examples of your work. Link these portfolios anon in your resume and LinkedIn contour for accessible access. Accomplish abiding you amalgamation it accurately and professionally.”
Show, don’t tell! Give your approaching administration a aftertaste of the best that you can offer. Acquisition out added here.
For able resume adviser Lucy Chen, it’s all about highlighting claimed brand. (Photo: Lucy Chen)
3. Focus on recommendations. Ultimately, as you body your business as a freelance, you will appetite to advantage your arrangement and your cast to accredit you clients.
“Clients will be attractive for amusing proof. It’s abundant easier to appoint addition who you apperceive is vetted by addition in the network, or at atomic addition agnate to you.”
The easiest way to affectation your recommendations is on LinkedIn, breadth you can appeal recommendations from antecedent administration or gigs. Other agnate online platforms acquiesce admirers to amount and analysis you, which is a much-used ability for -to-be clients. If you accept a website, accumulate and advertise testimonials from your freelance clients.
4. It’s all about content! Invest in your able brand.
“Investing in agreeable helps you body your audience, brand, and anticipation administration in a specific area. Publish blogs on your website, address industry pieces on Medium, almanac videos on Youtube, etc. Bodies appetite to see that you are an able in your area. Also, cross-link all of your online brands i.e. LinkedIn, website, blog, portfolio and more. Finally, participate in online contributor platforms like Upwork, LinkedIn ProFinder, Thumbtack, Toptal, and more.”
5. Have a bright branding pitch.
“What makes you different versus everyone abroad who can cipher in the aforementioned language? I adulation the aphorism of three – it’s accessible to bethink and additionally visually pleasing. Accomplish abiding you can abscess bottomward your elevator angle into three points. Don’t be abashed of repetition. Use that tagline or angle everywhere in your online brands. Cast comes from accuracy and consistency!”
Lucy Chen was the above Growth Lead at LinkedIn for ProFinder, a new exchange abutting top absolute professionals, and best afresh was a Product Manager at Toptal, a belvedere that connects companies to vetted experts. Today, she takes her adventures architecture these freelance platforms and alive beyond assorted industries and functions to advice bodies body their able brand.