Last week, I texted friends and Googled “How do you write your resume as a freelance writer?” I had to update my resume, but I wanted to include my past work experience instead of only writing about my journalism experience.
I separated out the places where I am a contributing writer and the places where my work has been published infrequently or syndicated from other publications. I haven’t found that publications regularly call you a contributing writer or a contributor or give you a title. I consider myself to be a contributing writer if I am on retainer with a publication or write multiple posts each month.
I created Elana Lyn, LLC for my freelance writing and blog, so I listed everything under that on my resume instead of losing valuable resume “real estate” by having one job description for Elana Lyn and one for freelance writing.
Elana Lyn, LLC New York, NY
Freelance Journalist and Founder
- Write multiple articles each month as a contributing writer for Forbes, Women’s Health, Allure, Well+Good, Monster, Dell, and Cornell Tech
- Wrote articles published in TIME, Fortune, Fast Company, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Tampa Bay Times, The Palm Beach Post, Yahoo, Mashable, Business Insider, Refinery29, Brit + Co, POPSUGAR, The Huffington Post, The Muse, Levo League, Thrive Global, and AlleyWatch
- Execute social media, email marketing, syndication, and branded content strategies for Elana Lyn
- Speak as an emcee, workshop host, or panelist at conferences and events
- Featured or quoted in publications including Forbes, Elle, Rhode Island Monthly, WGN Radio, The Huffington Post, Bustle, Business Insider, and Her Campus
If you are a freelance writer, I’d love to know how you write your resume!