Transferable Skills and Your Resume

We get lots of questions from our readers about resumes for freelance writers. Whether you are looking for your first freelance writing gig or you have some experience under your belt, it can be challenging to figure out exactly what to include in your resume.

Your writer’s resume will list your writing experience, and I include other work experience on mine as well. I want the person reading it to get a good idea of who I am and what skills I bring to the table when I’m applying for freelance work. I also want to make sure that I include transferable skills in my resume and cover letter when I’m looking for work.

What are transferable skills? They are ones that you can use in many jobs, and they apply to freelance writing gigs as well. Here are a few transferable skills that you will want to focus on when you are communicating with a potential client:

  • Ability to Work Well Under Pressure
  • Analyzing
  • Computer Skills
  • Conducting Research
  • Editing
  • Organizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Proofreading

You will also want to point out to someone in a position to hire you that you have these desirable skills as well:

  • Ability to Follow Instructions
  • Attention to Detail
  • Flexibility
  • Good Communication Skills

Freelance writing is more than just stringing a few words together, and you need to tell potential clients about all the skills you bring to the table. It gives them a better idea of who they will we working with when they decide to hire you.

Which transferable skills do you think are most important for freelancers?





One response
  1. Jessie Fitzgerald Avatar

    A talent for and a commitment to meeting deadlines is vital as well.

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