How to write the perfect CV if you’re a freelancer

06/08/2019 | Jenny Donaldson

Are you just starting out in your freelance career and need some guidance on how to write the perfect CV? Or maybe you’re struggling to secure the clients you deserve? Well, look no further! Here we have our top 10 tips for the perfect CV if you’re a freelancer that’ll be sure to showcase your skills whilst providing recruiters and clients with all the necessary information they need to see if you’re the best fit for the job.

How to write the perfect CV
How to write the perfect CV

1.  Include your rates

Always include your standard rate so employers know what to expect, don’t sell yourself short but you definitely don’t want to put off potential clients with extortionate rates. If you are unsure what to charge, always do your research before applying.

2.  Make your education stand out

You’ve worked hard for your education and qualifications so don’t let them go unnoticed. Make a clear statement with your degree in a relevant field to ensure employers know you’re more than qualified for the job. The same goes for any industry-related work experience. Remember as a freelancer your skills are the foundations, and adding them to your CV might guarantee that you win the work!

3. Clearly state your native language and language combination

Don’t make recruiters go searching for your native language or language pairs. If an employer doesn’t find out everything about you from your CV, you could be at a disadvantage compared to other candidates. Your CV should clearly identify your mother tongue and any other language skills that could be relevant to the job.

4. Include your availability

Let people know if you’re available, from 40 hours a week, 5 hours a week, evenings or weekends. It’s important to let people know when you’re free to avoid getting sent projects that you can’t complete; you don’t want this to reflect badly on you and affect your reputation so always be clear!

5. Showcase your skills

Do you have experience in both translation and transcription? Then shout about it! Any additional skills can work as a huge advantage for yourself in such a competitive freelancer world and could even result in you getting sent a wider variety of work. You never know when a previous client will come back wanting more…

6. Personal information

As simple as it sounds, don’t forget to include all your personal information. Your name, address, phone number and email address are prime examples of setting the scene for an employer and making sure it is super easy to contact you.

7. CAT tools and software

MemoQ, Trados, Memsource? Your specialist skills with CAT tools and software could be the simple thing that set you apart from the competition. These skills are just as important as your education and experience so don’t leave these out.

8. Areas of expertise

Your areas of expertise can make a huge difference to being hired as a freelancer. Some recruiters will look primarily for consumer experience and others will look for medical or technical experience. The more experience and areas of knowledge you include on your CV the better. This doesn’t have to be details of who you’ve worked for or what you’ve worked on, a simple list will do. Coming across as a professional in your chosen field is what people look for in a freelancer.

9. Services you provide

You never know when applying for a role as a freelance translator could lead to more success in other areas. If you are an experienced translator with a good background and additional knowledge in proofreading and interpretation be sure to make this clear on your CV. Clients and employers love when one trusted employee can cover several bases.

10. Professional membership

If you want to look like a professional and experienced freelancer than a professional membership is the most effective way to do so. For a small fee, you will receive support and information from industry professionals whilst giving your CV the ultimate boost.

So, there you have it, Language Insight’s top 10 tips for writing the perfect CV to kickstart your freelance career. Make it easy for the employer by handing them with everything they need to know about your professional career without them having to ask questions. Now there’s only one thing left to do, go and write the perfect CV!