A CV, or curriculum vitae is a necessary part of any freelancer’s arsenal. What exactly is a CV? It’s essentially a modern writer’s resume. It differs slightly in that it has a short introduction and includes relevant training that enhances your experience. It also doesn’t necessarily include references.
Here are the steps to make your CV top notch.
- Contact information. Include your name, physical address (it can be a PO box) phone number, email and your website
- Objective. This will change according to what assignment you are specifically applying for. For example, I would have a different objective for a health writing assignment as opposed to a financial writing assignment.
- Writing/Editing Experience. Here I would highlight some of my assignments and include URL’s when possible. As you gain experience this will be a partial list.
- Employment History. Include this section only if relevant to the assignment you’re seeking – or if someone has employed you as a writer.
- Education. Include this section if it’s a positive to your application. What I mean is if you don’t have a college degree, but have tons of experience, don’t highlight the information that you don’t have a degree, just skip this altogether. I don’t have a college degree so I just don’t mention education.
- Professional Training. I have attended years worth of conferences, workshops and classes so I include that here.
- Professional Organizations. Include any relevant organizations you’re a current member of.
The biggest thing to remember about writing a CV is to make it relevant. If you’re applying to write blog articles for a dog grooming site, then include your job history as a dog groomer — otherwise leave it out.
Here is my CV so you can see how it plays out in real life.
Edie Melson 604 S Almond Dr • Simpsonville, SC 29681 • 864-360-5003 • email@example.com
As an experienced freelance writer and blogger, I’ve written content for numerous blogs and websites, including CBN.com, TheWriteConversation.blogspot.com and Woman’sDay.com. I’m familiar with SEO and keyword formatting and available for quick turn around and tight deadlines.
In 2010 I published over 700 articles in print and on the Internet. Publications include Focus on the Family, Crosswalk.com, CBN.com, Centered Magazine and ChristianDevotions.us. I’ve also written for numerous business clients, adding copy to everything from websites to brochures. (Comprehensive list available upon request)
2007-present Independent Freelance Editor
May 2010-present Assistant proofer for
My Book Therapy Voice E-zine
March 2009-2010 Editor ACFW SE Zone
newsletter - www.acfw.com
April 2009-March 2010 Managing Editor
March 2010-present Assistant Proofer/editor Voices
E-zine an affiliated publication
of My Book Therapy
May 2010-present Book Doctor on
2010-present Assistant Director of the Blue
Ridge Christian Writers
Conference and Southwest
Christian Writers Studio
Responsible for all social networking as well as assisting in all areas necessary to providing an event of this size.
2010 Southwest Christian
One of eight faculty members presenting a continuing education class and mentoring students in the freelance writing/devotion track.
2010 Blue Ridge Mountain
Presented one continuing education class (4 sessions) and two additional workshops at this 4 day conference.
2010 Foothills Writers
Keynote and taught three workshops at this two-day conference.
2002-present The Christian Writer’s
Den Writing Retreat
Co-director/Instructor, responsible for planning and executing an annual 4 day retreat.
Glorieta Christian Writer’s Conference – 1999, 2004-2005
Blue Ridge Mountains Christian
Writer’s Conference – 2000-present
Christian Writer’s Den Writer’s Retreat
– co-director – Teacher 2002-present
CLASServices Conference 2003
American Christian Fiction Writers Conference 2009-2010
Professional Memberships and Organizations
American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW)
The Christina Pen Professional Editors Network
The Christian Writers View I (TWV I)
My Book Therapy