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Is it okay to list your freelance experience in your resume? Won't these companies shun/think less of you if you include it in your resume and job interview?
September 6, 2018, 12:50 am
Of course, you can. Why would potential employers think less of you? In fact, it would be more impressive. Freelance experience for me still counts as professional work. Whether it is online or offline, it counts as professional experience. I, myself, will include my freelance job experiences on my resume/CV if ever I need to shift jobs in the future. I hope not as I am happy with my current position at work, LOL.
September 18, 2018, 5:13 am
If for example you worked in a job like say cleaning or maintenance (freelance not hired as employee), and what you're applying for is a professional job (IT specialist for example), you'll still include it in your resume? Even if it's entirely not related to your line of work?
September 18, 2018, 5:45 am
True I also think that if it is relevant then you can include it in the cv. It would make zero sense if you include something which does not directly relate to what you are being hired for.
September 18, 2018, 3:00 pm
Sure, who knows that your experience on your freelance cleaning job might have some relevance on the job that you are applying for at the time. You'll never know. You might be a salesperson before then venture into a position in customer service. Employers do not entirely look at someone's skills but also their work ethic. These small things may factor in and give you a good impression when applying. Just make it a point to keep it precise but concise (1-2 pages) and not borderline annoying to read.
September 21, 2018, 3:06 am
Relevance is what matters here. You cannot apply for a cleaning job and say you are a freelancer. The job you are applying must be relevant to freelancing or at least if freelancing will add weight to the application.
September 24, 2018, 4:50 am
myself if I was in a position to employ I think I would not have a problem hiring a freelancer for the duty they have done freelancing for. As long as they have the perfect industry knowledge then they are a perfect hire. However don't get your hopes too much my friends I am not that big of an employer yet.
September 23, 2018, 9:30 am
As long as your freelancing job experiences are related to the job that you are applying for, it is good to add them in your resume. These experiences can impress the interviewer and a great proof that you already have a background in that field.
September 18, 2018, 7:28 am
Some companies like it and some dont'. So make sure to research the company before adding that in resume. Most companies dont like it because they consider freelancers as a competitor. So it's better to know about the company before adding the freelancer experience into the resume. I had argument with HR in one interview and she said, we don't hire people with freelancing background.
September 18, 2018, 7:36 am
Whether the company you are applying likes your freelancing career or not depends on number of factors, the type f company you have applied, types of jobs you performed as a freelancer etc. If you are a freelance writer and you are applying for a publishing company your freelancing experience will definiately count. If you are a website developer your experience and knowledge will definitely count when you apply for a developer position in a company.
September 21, 2018, 9:55 pm
I have seen a lot of companies in coding and the design domain don't like the freelancers. Because usually such companies are bidding in the freelance market. And they seem to be taking freelance jobs. So they are the one who avoid the hiring of freelancer and instead hire the full time workers for themselves. So they tend to don't like that in resume.
September 23, 2018, 5:03 am
It's best to only include any type of experience if it is related to the job position that you're applying for. It would be unnecessary to add skills and work experience that has nothing to do with the job and some HRs do not like reading very long resumes. So my personal rule is to keep it short and simple so they'll at least skim through what I wrote on my resume.
September 18, 2018, 7:51 am
Definitely you can. Companies won't think less of you thus they will think more of you because freelancing is not an easy job to do. Free lancers can work with less supervision than people who work in an office based. Also, free lancers are earning more than workers in an office set up.
September 18, 2018, 9:40 am
Many people have come to acknowledge freelancing as a real career nowadays. I think there are some who will even ask you for your work samples to know how qualified you are. Your skills could be prime and their demand does not depend on whether you were a freelancer or not.
September 19, 2018, 11:47 am
If your freelance experience is meaningful, it will probably impress your future employer even though it may have little to do with the job position you are applying for. Freelancing is a decent occupation and including it in your resume will help project the idea that you are an action-oriented person who doesn't allow the grass to grow under your feet. I have interviewed applicants for staff position in my previous jobs and I was always impressed with fresh graduates who did summer jobs, odd jobs, or selling jobs to support themselves while studying.
September 18, 2018, 10:54 am
Yes you can include it in your resume. I work in human resources before and I can tell you that it doesn't make employers think less of you. Freelancing is also an occupation. You put your talents and skills to work and get paid for doing it. I include freelancing in my resume too and I am proud of being one.
September 18, 2018, 11:34 am
You can definitely include it. Freelancing is still a job experience. I believe that nothing wrong with that.
September 18, 2018, 5:09 pm
Well for me, you can include it especially if your first experience is freelance work. Besides it can be still considered as job. And yes, i think there's nothing wrong if you include freelancer in resume, it's up to you though but I suggest you include it.
September 18, 2018, 11:01 pm
You are a freelancer does not mean you are inferior to the people who have regular job. What actually matters is your skill and experience. I was once accepted for a job just because I had a lot of experience with freelancing work. However, I did not join the job because I was not satisfied with the pay rate.
September 19, 2018, 1:10 am
I have to agree with this that we are not inferior to add the freelancing. But the thing is that often business consider freelancers as a competitor and they try to avoid them. So often using freelancer in the resume is going to cost you a lot. I'd say avoid adding freelancing if the employer is a bit paranoid on that.
September 19, 2018, 6:19 am
I really agree with your statement that being a freelancer does not mean that we are inferior to the people. It is still a decent job and for you to get a freelancing job, some skills are also required. It means that we are also the same as employees. The difference is that we are self-employed and not committed to an employer which is also great since we can many jobs that we can.
September 19, 2018, 7:14 am
If you have relevant experience, you can always add that in your resume and can talk about your freelance career with the employer. For instance, if you have done a lot of freelance writing, it can be an added advantage if you are applying for a writer's job in a newspaper. Likewise, if you have build websites as a freeelancer, it can be useful experience for your web designer job. However, if you are mainly doing earning sites like GPT sites, forum posting etc. that does not count as a freelance experience.
September 20, 2018, 4:27 am
I think there are a lot of great things about listing your freelance work on a resume. Personally I think it shows a lot of initiative and the ability to self motivate, and when I'm looking for employees those characteristics are really important! I think freelancing also gives people the ability to think outside the box and come up with great ideas - another couple of skills I think are hugely useful.
September 19, 2018, 3:12 am
I definitely agree with you on that. When the employer will see the freelance job you did I am sure he will impress to you and hire you eventually because he will see your perseverance to work and earn money and not just sitting the whole day in your house. He will see your eagerness to find ways of earning money by doing freelance job.
September 24, 2018, 2:53 pm
Absolutely! Freelancing is not for the faint of heart and I think it definitely shows a commitment to hard work. As long as you've got some examples of freelance work you've completed for portfolio pieces, I say put it on your resume!
September 24, 2018, 6:13 pm
That is completely right. Freelance is a good job and tough job as I may say and this is not a easy work. So no need to embarrass or feels like it should have not in the resume because I am 100% sure that it should be listed there.
September 25, 2018, 2:44 pm
Well, I guess if you have your freelance experience on your resume, it's a thumbs up for the employer. Because they know that you are finding a way on how to earn money even you don't have a regular job. And also working as a freelancer, can add skills for you that you can tell the employer that they need to hire you for their company.
September 19, 2018, 4:57 am
But what do you guys do if they question what you've been doing XX years after graduation? Surely they'd ask about the freelance job even if it's unrelated. You'll be forced to explain about it and it might affect their job hiring decision. Like you guys said, only include it if it's related.
September 19, 2018, 5:31 am
Honestly, I rather explain that I was doing Freelance, instead of letting them think, that I was doing nothing at home. That will show them you are a productive person, proactive, you don't stop even if you are not employed by any company. So, you weren't unemployed and doing nothing, you were fighting for an earning online, and that's important too.
September 20, 2018, 1:45 pm
It's best always to be honest about the interview. However, let's say I was unemployed for a year, I would say I am studying at the time or honing my skills to better myself to be more qualified in future job applications.
September 23, 2018, 10:39 am
I suggest that you should put your experience from your freelance jobs. It is a proof that you are flexible person that could adapt to an environment especially when you really needed a source of income. It could be a good impression for your interviewer that you are an industrious person. Your experience could also add up highlights of your capabilities and abilities on that field that they could use for their company. So yeah, you can put your freelance experiences on your resume.
September 19, 2018, 5:32 am
Why not? Its best they know what you put on your resume are specialties you are good at. These can add points on you and you are giving the company the idea what is the right position you are capable of so they can put you to the right position they have to their company so better add your freelance experience on your resume - this can be a big help for you.
September 19, 2018, 6:16 am
I used to have the same doubt, considering my freelance job is completely different from my regular job, so I was concerned how a boss could take it. However, I decided to include it, because freelancing has become a very important part of my life, it has taken a lot of effort and learning, and it has show me another side of me. So, that has a value, and it shows that I can do more than just my regular job.
September 19, 2018, 9:49 am
I think this is a good idea. I think also that any employer who shuns your resume for having this experience is not worth working for. Having the courage to pursue freelancing is actually a good quality to have in an employee. It shows that they are self-driven and ambitious. Some employers may be threatened by this, but you really don't want to be working for such people. Those kind of people will hold you back from becoming the best you can be.
September 19, 2018, 11:24 am
There is no big deal as long as you are applying for a company that are really serious about what you can offer them. I have come to realize that it is always important for us to believe that we should always try to put every of our experience into our CV since it is going to go a long way to make us feel better and special among them.
September 19, 2018, 12:03 pm
I think that you should include freelance online work and freelance physical work to your resume. I mean why wouldn't you? Freelance work whether online or physical ones are work and there's nothing to be ashamed off with regards to working.
September 19, 2018, 1:28 pm
Freelance is a job like any other and employers will love it. Including it in your resume is not bad. We should be proud of freelance work and not ashamed.
September 21, 2018, 7:42 am
I think it depends on the company or work that you want to apply with, if freelancing experience is related to what you are currently applying then it might be a good points or advantage over the other applicants. But for instance it is not related to what you are applying for then I suggest that don't anymore include it in your resume since it will be of no use at all.
September 21, 2018, 8:47 am
Every experience matters as long it's going to be vital in making you look better qualified for the job you are applying for. Not everyone can work well as a freelancer, so I believe it's an added advantage to your resume.
September 21, 2018, 1:31 pm
You can include it whether it's related or not on the work that you'll be applying to. It will be a plus since you've some skills other than the required job. It'll really help you in getting the job. Working online/freelance is a hard task and you should be flexible. It's really an advantage when you include it on your CV/resume.
September 22, 2018, 7:57 am
That's gonna be a high chance of a employer to hire you because they know that you have a potential and determined to earn income by doing it on your own.
September 23, 2018, 7:55 am
Exactly, that's very true. Freelancers are self motivated, dedicated, passionate and determined people who wouldn't stay idle when there are opportunities to exploit and make money. So, on getting to have the opportunity to work for a firm, the freelancer will definitely give his or her very best to the job. It's a plus value to one's resume.
September 24, 2018, 6:04 am
I strongly believe that your freelance experience is very much appropriate to include in your resume. It just shows your persistence to make a living. Besides doing freelance jobs gives us new knowledge and enhances our skills as well. It is not a negative impression to include that in your resume. Sometimes, it can even be an advantage. You just have to be really good in explaining things and relating it to your growth as a person.
September 24, 2018, 5:56 am
There’s absolutely no reason that you shouldn’t include freelance work in your resume. The fact is that freelance work is work like any other, and is a field where you can grow and learn valuable skills through opportunities that might not even arise in regular work.
If anything, I’d say it’s an asset. It’s particularly valuable if you’re keeping a list of your clients. If you can include your clients as references, then most employers will pretty much treat it like you were working at a regular job, because they can call them for a performance assessment and can get an idea for how you’d fit in at their establishment.
September 24, 2018, 10:58 am
If I am to employ anybody in future, then I would really appreciate seeing freelancing in the applicant's CV. This is because it clearly shows how this person is self driven and exploits every opportunity presented before them. Freelancers have a characteristic of not being choosy, thus provided they make a living from anything, then its worthy doing! Of which it's a character employers would appreciate having in their workforce; one who rises to every opportunity, however small, to make something out of it. I thus strongly agree and encourage all Freelancers to be bold enough and be true to employers by including freelancing as part of their resumes. There is nothing important that an employer appreciates like a TRUE employee. This is because many job applicants lie in their resumes only to be absorbed and prove otherwise.
September 25, 2018, 10:55 am
I think it depends on the job or company that you are applying for. If you believe that your freelance experience is not significant with the job you are applying for then you can omit your freelance experience in your resume. When applying to any type of job, may it be corporate or freelancing, always highlight what is important and omit what is not. Out of the hundred of applicants, the HR or the hiring officer doesn't really have all the time in the world to scrutinize your resume.
September 26, 2018, 7:19 am
If it adds value to your resume then go on and add it but if you really don't have worthy accomplishments to mention then it's best to leave it out.
September 26, 2018, 6:12 pm
I think its an addition of your skills and it is vital on your resume. The skills and knowledge you have and experienced is always an asset. But it all depends on what job you are looking for, your resume should also be fit with the type of job your going for. So it's wise to have your resume personalized for certain jobs your attaining.
September 27, 2018, 7:34 am
The employer will be happy because you are finding a way on how to earn money on your own.
September 27, 2018, 3:00 pm
Good job experiences both offline and online should be included in your resume. Employers always goes for applicants with a variety of successful professional experiences.
October 2, 2018, 6:41 am
No working experience in the world today is useless, so in as much as some people would say that freelance work experience isn't supposed to be recognized, I have a very different stern view about that assertion because it's not an easy job to work as a freelancer with the kind of competition you see in the market today.
October 6, 2018, 4:24 am
I would have to include it now as I have worked at home for so long. However, I am not sure it is a great idea. It depends on the job you are applying for. I would have to talk about writing Christian stuff and some employers hate that. Better to use what you can make relevant to the application. I would miss off my Christian stuff and talk about the reviews I have written for companies. At one time I worked in situations where I was the person looking at the C.V and choosing who would be interviewed. So many C.V's went in the bin because the person told us about their, dog, horse, grandma, a book they were writing about a holiday they took in 1953 etc. If you are going to put anything on a C.V in the two pages an employer will look at (3 and it goes straight to the bin,) then make it look professional and prove a skill. What the employer wants to know in as short a time as possible is "could this person do the job and do they have the right skill set and personality for the kind of work we want them to do?"
October 5, 2018, 11:31 am
Absolutely, especially if your freelance work corresponds to the field you're apply to. I work in digital media production, and my freelance work is almost exclusively videography, which really helps strengthen my resume and portfolio. If anything, freelance work shows that you're dedicated to what you do and that you probably aren't doing it simply for a paycheck. You're driven to reach your goals and finish your projects without a supervisor or even a guarantee of a steady income.
October 11, 2018, 12:20 am