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Resume Problem: How To List Freelance Jobs?

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A recent question on LinkedIn came from a freelancer who was worried about detailing his multiple jobs on his resume. Would the list of freelance jobs make him look like a job hopper?

Freelancing is an honorable employment status and should be treated that way. You are self-employed. Organize your freelance career under one “Freelance” heading, just like employees who work for a company organize all of their achievements, roles and projects under the company’s name.

The same rule applies if you freelance while holding a full-time job. Treat your freelancing as a separate “company” you work for year after year (the same way you work for your full-time job year after year). If you alternate individual freelance assignments with full-time jobs on your resume, you’ll confuse employers into thinking every new freelance job is a change in employment. Instead, keep all the freelance assignments together under one heading and no one will be confused.

You can pick and choose the freelance assignments that you list. You want to concentrate on the ones that make you the most desirable candidate for the job you want now.

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Robin Schlinger

Robin Schlinger is the founder of Robin’s Resumes which provides excellent services to those who value the best in resumes and career marketing documentation.

3 comments

  1. ALTHOUGH I AM NOT EMPLOYED F/T BUT PURSUE MY FREE LANCE CAREER FULL TIME :
    I FOR ONE REGRET TO SAY THAT EMPLOYERS ARE NOT ONE BIT KEEN IN HIRING ‘MATURE AGE STAFF’ / SENIORS IN THE RANK & FILES OF THEIR WORK FORCES !!!

    AS SUCH I HAVE LITERALLY GIVEN HOPES IN SEEKING P/T JOBS – LEAVE ALONE F/T JOBS – & HAVE ACTIVELY PURSUED MY FREE LANCING ( IN SALES & BUSINESS DEVLPT. ) & AS I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY “SELF- ACTUALISE” MYSELF ( A TERM USED BY ABRAHAM MASLOW IN HIS HIERARCHY OF HUMAN NEEDS) … I HAVE NO REGRETS DOING SO … BCZ. AT THE END OF THE DAY > I AM END UP A VERY HAPPY MAN … WHETHER THERE ARE INCOME STREAMS FOR ME IN THIS OR NOT > THE EXTENT OF SATISFACTION , I BELIEVE , IS MUCH MUCH MORE THAN A F/T PAID JOB & I CAN PROUDLY SAY THAT I HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE SYSTEM > HUNDREDS TIMES MORE THAN WHAT I HAPPEN TO GET ( AS A DISABILITY SUPPORT PENSION FROM CENTRE LINK ) !!! !!!

    I AM DULY REGD. WITH ‘ADAGE’ – JOB PORTALS FOR SENIORS IN NSW !!! HOWEVER , I FEEL THAT THOSE WATCHING THIS RECORD OR RESUME ARE RATHER TAKEN ABACK BY MY LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS & TOO AFRAID TO CONTACT ME FOR AN INTERVIEW !!!

    SO THE STORY ENDS HERE & AS I CONTINUE MY LIFE ( NOW IN THE SIXTIES ) I MUST SAY THAT I AM FAR MORE A SUCCESSFUL MAN THAN ANY OTHER ‘ PROFESSIONAL ‘ IN THE SAME FIELD !!!

    • In reply to your rant, for someone in their sixties you probably need to go retire and give the younger ones a chance. If not, start your own company since you’re the most professional in your field.

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