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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:
- Contact Information: Include your full name, contact information (phone number, email address, physical address) and website address.
- Objective: This is a great place to tailor your CV to the particular assignment you are applying for.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.