Thank you to Jeanne Grunert, whose comment was the inspiration for this post.
When you are preparing your freelance writing resume, do you list your clients’
names or do you keep them confidential? There isn’t one clear answer that will work for everyone. If you have signed a confidentiality agreement, then you can’t reveal the fact that you have worked for a specific client.
I do include some client names on my resume and some others I don’t mention, although I do describe the kind of work that I have done for them. Here’s how I make the call: If the work is being published under my own name, then I include the client’s name on my resume. A lot of my work is ghostwriting, and I choose not to reveal the names of those clients on my resume.
I can still list the kinds of work that I have done for people and the topics that I feel most comfortable writing about without naming names. So far, no one has asked me to do so, and I think that a prospective client is more concerned with whether I would be a good fit for their project than the names of the other clients I have worked with.
Do you list the names of your clients on your freelance writing resume or do you focus on your experience instead? How do you decide who should be included, assuming you have not been asked to sign a confidentiality agreement?