by Chris Cristiano
A lucrative but often overlooked facet to freelance writing is the job of resume writer. There are loads of job opportunities for a knowledgeable resume writer and the best part is that there are millions of working people and the majority will need a resume at one time or another.
I was pleasantly surprised when I placed a free classified ad on the internet, and received three leads for resume work within the first few days. One client was looking for a rewrite, another needed a resume created from scratch and another inquiry was for a few covering letters. Not a bad turnaround for one ad!
Many writers shy away from resume writing due to their lack of education, experience and expertise in this area. However, once you learn the basics of resume creation, and how to present your client’s information for maximum effect– you are on your way to steady work and good pay.
The key to your success is the ability to prepare a client’s resume to effectively showcase their skills and qualifications. There are many free web-based tutorials available to help you build upon your resume skills:
To advance your knowledge and expertise, you can enroll in a resume writing course through your local college to work towards becoming a certified resume writer.
For uncertified resume writer, you can earn yourself anywhere from $50 or more for rewrites to $125 and up for a complete resume from scratch. Resume writing rates vary depending on your experience and the complexity of the resume. In addition, you have the potential to make additional revenue by offering to write the accompanying cover letter too.
Like all freelance writing opportunities, you will have to do some research, and market yourself. No one will hire you if they don’t know you exist. A good place to advertise your resume writing capabilities is in your local newspaper. Most newspapers have a special classified heading for resume writing. Also, post a notice up at your local supermarket, library, or community bulletin board. Most colleges and universities publish a school newspaper; advertise your services and offer a reduced rate to the students. You can also take advantage of the various free classified websites and job boards to announce your resume writing service. Other places to advertise and generate work include:
-your own website (absolutely essential!)
-local board of trade newsletter
Lastly, your best means of generating resume writing gigs is through referrals from family, friends, and satisfied customers!
Damn Good Resume Guide
Ten Speed Press