Let’s face it – most freelancers neglect their resumes, if they even have a resume at all. After all, you’re running a business with a great website, portfolio, and dribbble account.
Isn’t a resume simply unnecessary? Maybe.
But if you answer yes to any of these questions, having an updated resume might benefit your bottom line.
Would you like to freelance for a design agency?
Working as a freelancer for a design agency can be the best of both worlds:
- You don’t have to work directly with the client
- Your client (i.e. the design agency) is generally design-savvy, so there’s little teaching involved
Design agencies know what they’re looking for in subcontractors, and they often ask for resumes (in addition to portfolios) when searching for go-to freelancers.
Are you interested in temporary contract positions?
Many large companies (think Nike, HP, Intel, etc.) seek contract designers for temporary projects. They almost always use staffing companies to find contractors, which means that your resume, complete with awesome keywords, is the ticket to an interview.
Contract positions can be great ways to boost your income for a 3-, 6-, or 12-month period of time because they’re generally high-paying jobs since they’re not supplying benefits.
Are your potential clients typically baby-boomers or older?
If you often work with older generations, you may find they are more comfortable with traditional resumes rather than digital media (how many times have you heard someone your mom’s age reference a telephone book?).
Having a resume when you meet with these potential clients brings all of your information together on one (or two) pieces of paper rather than forcing them to locate and then remember what they read on the internet.
Do you present yourself as an “I?”
Especially if you’re just starting out and/or use your name as your business name, a resume might be an excellent way for you to summarize your capabilities.
Businesses who prefer to work with “a real person” rather than “an office” might appreciate your presentation of yourself as a person rather than a company.
Just make sure your resume invokes the emotions you want it to – personable, approachable, and professional are three great ones that come to mind.
When you meet with a potential client, do leave anything behind?
Most people leave behind a business card, but leaving behind a resume is a quick reference for your client of your capabilities and knowledge as a freelancer that they can easily share with their boss or decision-maker.
But don’t just leave them with a flat piece of paper – get creative!
Example: Fold your resume into an origami swan with your business card stuck in it. (Better yet, learn how to fold it quickly in front of them.)
When was the last time you updated your resume?
Last year? Last job? Share your thoughts on keeping your resume updated with the rest of us.
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