Today I'd like to show you some of the ins and outs of putting together a writer's resume. "You're going to show us how to write a resume?!" I hear you scoff. YES. You may know how to put together that tired old chronological resume and pick up an office job, but a real writer's resume is a whole other kettle of fish.
There are two basic ways you can deal with a writing resume, depending on how much experience you have. The first is on a piece by piece basis; the second is on a publisher by publisher basis. Let me give you the basics.
Writing a Resume for an Inexperienced Writer
The inexperienced writer is much like the inexperienced high school graduate looking for a job. There's really nothing to put on a resume, but you still need to have one. What to do? The solution is to use individual pieces of writing to fill up all that blank space.
Don't get confused - this is NOT a portfolio, and in no circumstances should you include excerpts or quotations from your own work on this page. Instead, you should title and describe the piece, and explain where it was published or who it was written for. At the beginning of your writing career, it's perfectly normal to use material from a personal blog or even a research paper or thesis from a university program.
Zombie Internet-Addicts and Computer Vision Syndrome - 07/28/2014
A light-hearted treatise on the balance between regular computer work and eye strain. This piece has been published on my website, The Freelancer Society.
Dietary Comparisons between Paleolithic and Neolithic Societies - 01/05/2008
A thoroughly-researched piece on the diet and nutrition of several human societies both before and after the advent of farming and ranching. This 50-page thesis was my final assignment for my Bachelor of Arts degree.
You see? So maybe you haven't had anything published in the New York Times, and eBay hasn't hired you to write 200+ buying guides, but this resume still has some kick to it. At the very least, it will get you hired by one of the more decent content farms or better yet, a ghostwriting agency. This is your first step towards finding paid freelance writing jobs.
Resumes for More Experienced Writers
This brings me to the second method for putting together a writer's resume. This style is best for writers whose work has seen the light of day. For this type of resume, the information is grouped by contracts or publishers.
Blog Writer for The Freelancer Society - 2013 to present
I produce regular blog posts for TFS on the topics of freelance writing and running a freelance business. These articles are written to current SEO specifications as outlined by Google.
News Writer for Athabasca University Student Union VOICE – 2005 to 2008
I was the local and international news reporter for the AUSU VOICE, a weekly online newspaper for the students of Athabasca University. I was also in charge of the music review column, MUSIC TO EAT LUNCH TO. This was a paid position.
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