Should I include experiences as a freelancer on a resume? If so, how?


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I have experience interning and working at several companies before graduating University. After that, for about one and a half years, I worked like a freelancer (means work alone, not in the office). Then I recognized that I work better at organizations. I feel I am suitable for working with groups, so recently I am looking for a permanent job doing just that.

In this case should my newer resume include freelance work in my Employment History line?

If so, how should I write it? For example:


Freelance Graphic Designer        NOV 2013 - March 2015

● Designed mobile .....(omit)

● Researched and presented about smartphone application...(omit)

● Composed illustrations for web fiction written by... (omit)


Is that alright? If there are better ways, please let me know.

Thank you in advance.

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5/22/2015 1:25:00 PM

You should absolutely include your freelance experience! Any relevant work should be included on a resume.

People looking at resumes are very much interested in learning about the type of work you can create. Looking at the work you have created helps give a good impression of what that really is. As such, your resume should focus around the work you've created. How that is done depends on the work you've done and how you want to present yourself, but I'd go with something like the following:

List your internships + being a freelancer, how long you worked at each, your role if it changed from place to place (but keep it short), and perhaps some clients that you worked for if their names are relatively big. For the internships you may want to list how many people worked at the company and how big the team you worked with was as it gives them a little more insight as to your past experience.

Then you should have some type of section showing and/or talking about the work you've done. Depending on the type and length of a resume, the way this is carried out varies. If you're submitting a paper resume, I'd generally try to limit the use of graphics because no recruiter wants to look through pages and pages of a resume. What you'd end up having is a lot of short descriptions like you have listed in the question. Try to make these as good as possible, revising them over and over again, because they are the most meaningful thing in a short paper resume.

I recommend also creating a website resume/portfolio as well, at least a profile on Dribble/Behance or something, so that you can show off the work you've created in more detail. Listing this on your paper resume is important.

If you're using a full website, I recommend sections about each piece of work you're particularly proud of and want people to see. That section should include a description of the project and what you did on it, images of the project (showing the process behind the work is good too but you don't always have images for that), and perhaps some goals that you had and accomplished for the client with the project.

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5/22/2015 6:22:00 PM

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