Resume Writing

A resume doesn’t really apply to young people or to minimum wage workers.  They fill out applications and don’t have job experience.    A resume is a mature person’s game.  People who have graduated from college and people who have been in the workforce many years have resume.

Resumes are a game where you find yourself selling yourself…when all that is needed is a short conversation to prove your worth.  It may be the foot which gets you in the door, but it won’t be the deciding factor.

Which is why I don’t think there is a market for resume writing, forgive me people who write them, I don’t see them really generating any income or being a large market.  Really, creating a unique resume is one of the easiest things to do ever.  List your accomplishments, educational, job, and other and tailor your resume to your audience, your hiring manager.  If your resume’s skimpy, that doesn’t mean you should rewrite, but it means that you should work more, get more education, accomplish more things.  Don’t lie, though it’s tempting.

Don’t write any thing on your resume more than 10 years ago, no matter how juicy it is.  Hiring managers want relevant recent experience, not how you were, but how you are.

The resume is personal.  It is you in a nutshell.  I can’t understand people who want their resume to read like an outline.  It’s damning to see people’s lives scripted and listed.  A resume should be tailored to the job you are seeking.  If it  is a writing job, you should have your writing gigs, jobs, experience and education.  Don’t forget to list your goals, and don’t let a lack of experience phase you.  Your goals are just as important as what you have accomplished.

Think of this as an essay of your life, your proof of the right to fight for your job.  You have a thesis, your job goal, and your proof, your experience and work.

Besides all this there is more technical details on writing a resume that I’ll get into later.

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This freelance writing thing is super intensive

Freelance writing is hard, but it has it’s rewards. I haven’t written a stitch, except what’s on my blog so a lot of it is selling yourself to the client.

You have to have the energy, motivation and stamina to pay attention to multiple lines of thought.

And you’ve got to have expertise in your topic. People don’t want to listen to someone write about what other people wrote about, sorry, researchers. People want to read about people who have actually lived an experience and have gotten a lot out of it.

I have experienced trying to freelance write. The frustration. The lack of motivation. The difficulty bridging a gap between the client and the writer to the actual audience is so brain consuminog.

It’s not a lot of writing, but marketing and improving yourself by writing CVs and samples.

I’d fight to keep myself up to date with writing and would like to focus on the experiences themselves that the ads request. It’s very difficult to motivate with no obvious reward.

I have read an article that people are more motivated to work when they give something away. So maybe that is my obvious reward.

Why you shouldn’t call yourself a freelance writer

There’s a funny thing about words. Words really affect our perception of ourselves and our work. You should know this, if you are a writer. Words can build up and tear down, create and destroy. So when you pick a word to describe yourself, you are picking what you do, who you are, and how you feel all in one bundle. You are creating your universe. This is why you shouldn’t call yourself a “freelance writer.”

Writers look at the word “free” and subconsciously think, “I’ll be so free, having fun all the time! Enjoying my freedom! No cares, no pressure, no worries! Writing articles by day, trolling the 4chan by night. Happy, happy, happy, free of responsibility!”

And businesses and clients look at the free and subconsciously think “free!? I won’t have to pay them so much! This job which costs $200 can be done for $20! And if I say they didn’t do a good job it will be free! Lucky, me!”

So to prove your worth and to rid yourself of an unwanted image and to redefine yourself: self-employed author, independent author, mercenary writer, writer-for-hire are some good ones. Make a moniker up, be creative and use that tag on your resume and CV. Don’t be afraid to rename yourself, clients will respect you more for it.