As you start to piece together all of the information for your resume, you may become overwhelmed with dates of employment, responsibilities at each position, and achievements while working for others. However, keep in mind that a resume shouldn’t simply be a detailed list of your work history. Oftentimes, people forget to include additional information—information that can be critical to catching the eye of a potential employer.
Freelance and Contract Projects
Recently, millions of Americans have added freelance work or contract work to their repertoire. Whether you worked as a writer, photographer, or project manager, these projects are important. Not only do they show a particular skill-set within an industry, it also demonstrates your ability to ‘jump in’ with an organization and provide the services they need—all at the right time, the right price, and the right place.
What if you are attempting to re-enter an industry that you left many years ago? An employer may wonder what you were doing throughout those years. Many of my clients have their own business ‘on-the-side.’ Don’t forget to include this information in your resume.
This type of work can show a hard-working nature, the ability to schedule time, coordinate employees, and build your own income. These are all transferable skills that can be utilized in future positions. However, keep in mind that these positions may need their own section since we also don’t want it look like these roles may take away from a full-time position.
No matter where you have worked, chances are that you have attended training within your company, at the industry level or through a national association. If you do not have a college degree or advanced education, this section becomes vital to showcasing your desire to better yourself in your career. Include the names of the trainings, along with the organization that led the events.
Remember that your resume should demonstrate what is unique about you, the skill-sets that you have obtained, and how those experiences can impact your future employer. Be sure to include the items listed above in addition to your career history.
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