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How To Compose A Freelance Writer's CV: A Step-By-Step Guide


A CV or Curriculum Vitae is an essential part of a freelance writer’s job hunting tools. Creating a CV is not a difficult job and with some patience and a bit of creativity, you can have one in no time.

A freelance writer has a number of key skills so you have to ensure that these are all touched upon throughout your CV. Some of the important skills include:

  • You have knowledge of a wide array of subjects
  • You can research any subject
  • You have the ability to put your research into a well-organized and creatively written article
  • You can work efficiently

Here is a rundown of the various sections you should include in your CV:

  1. Contact Information: Include your full name, contact information (phone number, email address, physical address) and website address.
  2. Objective: This is a great place to tailor your CV to the particular assignment you are applying for.
  3. Skills/Areas of Expertise: A freelance writer’s CV focuses more on the skills or areas of expertise than the usual listing of job history.
    • Mention your skills in a list, highlighting years of experience in a wide array of subjects/areas, your ability to meet deadlines, research ability, skills with software suites etc.
    • Highlight your areas of expertise such as Academic Writing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Article Writing etc.
    • One of the most important aspects of the CV is links to previous works, which should be provided in this section.
  4. Experience: If you have had a lot of experience as a freelance writer, you may need to curtail this section and only include your most recent or most relevant (to the current job) work. Including experience other than of writing jobs is an option but it should be kept concise.
  5. Education and Training: Include a list of education, starting with the most recent qualification first. This will include degrees, diplomas and certificates (the more relevant to writing, the better).

Important Tips:

  1. It is important to know that you are allowed to provide links to previous works to clients. This is because sometimes, as part of a writing contract, you will sign a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) or sign over all rights to the work to the client.
  2. If your CV is not online, that is, you are sending a paper CV, sending links to previous work will not be possible. In this case, send a selection (one or two at most) of you best short articles along with your CV.