I guess the short answer to that question is that it depends who you ask. Some potential clients ask to see it, and if they do, I would recommend that you submit one. There are other people who are more interested in seeing your samples and getting an idea of your writing “voice” than reading more paper.
It’s a good idea to have a resume ready to show to a potential client if they would like to see it. If you are new to writing and you don’t think you have a lot of experience to share, take some time to think about the jobs you have held in the past and how the skills that you used can benefit a potential client.
- Can you listen carefully and follow instructions?
- Can you communicate clearly?
- Do you have good research skills?
- Can you take the information you have gathered and pull out the most important points?
- Are you genuinely interested in your clients’ business?
While some people will go ahead and hire you without looking at your resume, there are some people who want to get an idea of who you are and what other kinds of work you have done. If you are a little light in the writing experience department (so far), then put your focus on your transferable skills. Present yourself in the best possible way, and the client understands what kind of a person they are getting if they decide to work with you.
Do you think having a resume is important or would most clients prefer to see writing samples only?