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FutureStarrHow to Put Self Employed on Resume:
How to Put Self Employed on Resume: Filtering, Formatting, and Constructing Personal Details
Just imagine: you are an experienced programmer. You have contributed to and successfully completed numerous projects. The list of the software developed by you is so long that the middle finger will tire from scrolling for so long. Imagined? Great! Now, how do you incorporate the freelance or self-employment into the resume? What, no ideas? No wonder. Do you create a different section? Do you include it at all? Is it even relevant to the job you are applying? Include references! One of the main problems with self employment on resume is that mostly you cannot prove the work you did. “You created a successful startup that received backing from 200,000 contributors? That’s great, and I went to Mars with Elon Musk” is what some very judgmental HR Officers think daily. Give a couple of references, directing recruiters to your partners and collaborators. Scripps College recommends including “accomplishment statements” on your resume, which are particularly important for the self-employed worker. An accomplishment statement explains a specific action you took and its result. For example, if you are a self-employed advertising consultant and designed a summer marketing strategy that helped a client increase revenue by 25 percent in the month of July, this should be included on your resume under that job position in a chronological format or in your skills section in a functional format.
Describe your self-employed position or positions as you would any other job position, including an official title, the name of the business (if applicable), location and your dates of employment. If you have chosen a chronological format, begin with your current position and move backward. Include a list of three to five duties or responsibilities you held beneath each position. If you have chosen a functional format, list your skills, duties and responsibilities first, followed by a list that includes your business name and the names of any clients or contractors who hired you. When listing your work experience, summarize all relevant self-employment history in a single entry. If you have done freelance or contract work in more than one industry, create two or more entries in this section. Using the same format as the rest of the work experience section, include your company name, your role and your dates of work. If you do not have a legal business name, consider listing your role and indicating whether you work as a freelancer or a contractor. (Source: www.indeed.com)