From Kristen Fischer's forthcoming book, When Talent Isn't Enough, the question of whether and when freelancers need a resume. What do you think?
When you become a creative professional, you tend to fall out of job-hunting mentality. Instead of targeting open positions like you used to do, you look at the companies you want to work for—hiring or not—and then pitch them.
It’s a smart tactic that creative professionals should deploy, but don’t stretch your sights too far from the corporate world. A resume is still essential whether you’re job-hunting or not.
I hear from countless creatives that believe their corporate days are behind them, yet many want to work for some of the top brands. How do you work for a company as an indie when you don’t speak corporate, though? That’s where the resume comes in. It lets you speak the language of big business—but it doesn’t have to be too stuffy in order to do that.
You can be as right-brained as possible, but having a left-brained resume is your ticket to securing clients. It can be useful not only when trying to approach a company about freelancing. When put on your website, a resume can also enhance your image overall.
Even when a company is not hiring a full-timer, they often want a resume from a prospective contractor in order to learn about their credentials. Therefore, while having a glistening portfolio is a must-have, a resume can be just as essential. Hey, some folks are old school and they also want a brief summary of your professional experience that a biography and clips just can’t provide.
Dig out your resume and take a peek at it. Is it tailored towards your 9-to-5 life? Have you switched gears into a more creative career? How can the material there translate to what you do now as a creative professional?
Mull it over, friends. In my next post, I’ll share some tips for how to draft a resume that speaks to corporations yet still allows you to thrive as an independent creative solopreneur.
What do you think?
Kristen Fischer is a copywriter and journalist based at the Jersey Shore. Her book, When Talent Isn’t Enough: Business Basics for the Creatively Inclined, is due out in stores during January 2013. For more information, visit www.kristenfischer.com.