How Do I List Self-Employment and Freelance Experience on my CV

If you are previously self-employed or a freelancer, you may be trying to figure out how to list your experience on your CV. Most jobseekers tried to turn their freelancing into a full-time position on their CV, but there is no positive outcome from this.  Freelancing is just as credible a way of working as being in an office, but it has been rewritten correctly on a CV to show potential employers what a great talent you are.


List your freelancing or self-employed as a position of employment

Include the dates of your self-employment or freelance and your job title. List it as a freelancer, contractor or consultant combined with your niche or skills is the best way to structure your title. For example, a freelance designer or business consultant. Then provide a short blurb under the dates and title that describes the type of work that you do. This can help with setting up the scene for the recruiter. If you have turned your self-employment into a temporary business, you can choose to include your business name to your CV.


Choose your list of projects and clients

Once you have sort out the essential details, it is time to get to the nitty-gritty. There are 2 ways you can do this.

First method: Following your short blurb, narrow in on a few key clients and the projects you have done for them. Use subheadings to describe the client name, business and the year(s) you worked with them. Use point form to list your key project and achievements per client.


Second method: Use subheadings to list your skills. For example, if you are a freelance graphic designer, you might lie to organise your skills by the type of designs you do, such as web design, editing and web adverts. Underneath your headings, point form your achievements per skill.


Display your portfolio

It would be helpful if you can bullet point your most relevant skills and notable achievements from your time as a freelancer. It would be even better if you can provide evidence of your accomplishments. Provide examples of relevant work on your CV by linking to it. Take for example, if you are a designer, link to the design works you created. If you are a mobile app developer, link to the application you built. If you are a photographer, link to your portfolio. Reference at least three or more examples that represent your skillset. By narrowing down on your achievements this way, you can provide solid and tangible metrics for the prospective employer to review.


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