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If you’ve made your living as a freelancer or contractor, the traditional résumé advice might not apply to you. Here are tips on some changes to make.

There’s a lot of great job huntingpersonal branding, and rĂ©sumĂ© advice, but most of it focuses on people who have held a series of traditional full-time positions. If you’ve made your living as a freelancer or contractor, or if you own your own business, some of the traditional advice might not apply to you. So whether you’re trying to get back into a full-time job or looking to land clients, there are a few things to make your rĂ©sumĂ© stand out and make sure you put all of your experience in the best light.


Reframing your experience away from tasks or verbs and into measurable outcomes is key. Lauren McGoodwin, founder and CEO of Career Contessa, recommends you “reframe your skills so you can share their results, impact, or accomplishment.” Highlighting the impact helps a prospective boss see how you can help them. 

If you’re a self-employed professional, a business owner, or a consultant, show prospective clients what you can do for them and highlight the transformation they will see. Try to get written and video testimonials—turn your best clients into your best sales tool. Let those clients advocate on your behalf in their own sincere voice. Testimonials can go on social media, on your website, and on your Google reviews—the key is to put them somewhere visible.

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