5 July 2019


You may have been taught otherwise, but the reality is that the first impression can often decide whether the observer will immediately like you or find you dull, forgettable or even repulsive.

And the first impression is that much more important when it comes to applying for a high-stake project, whether as an experienced freelancer or a novice. In essence, it all comes down to building your CV and not just any way, but the right way. Your CV will tell the potential employer most of what he or she needs to know about you, which is why it is imperative to get it right from the first go.

And for a maximum of impact and efficiency, here are the 10 musts your future outstanding and unique CV needs.

First person presentation

This is probably the most important aspect because it will virtually breathe life into your resume, simply by making it sound more personal. Use the word “I” throughout your CV, instead of using that cold, soulless exposition and the impact will be extensively greater.

Have good reasons for leaving your previous long-term projects

Naturally, the majority of the employers will avoid hiring on short-term positions, or people that have a history of leaving their long-term projects in the past. This is why you need to have sound and solid arguments as to why you were unable to pursue or forced to cease specific collaborations.

Honesty beats everything

Nobody wants to see a display of outstanding qualities, all wrapped up in the appearance of perfection and infallibility. Everybody sees right through these little lies because nobody is perfect. And, contrary to what you may expect, employers will rather appreciate honesty, despite revealing your faults, especially if you show awareness, as well as the will and the means to improve.

Personalize the CV

Never pass on a scripted resume because it will almost always make a bad impression. Instead, tailor the CV to the project you are applying for. This way the potential employer will realize you actually put time and effort into creating it, which shows you are actually interested in the job.

It is small things like this that make for the most powerful impressions and win you big projects as a freelancer.

Always explain the inactivity gaps

There may have been more difficult times when you’ve floated between jobs, or took longer breaks between 2 projects, for various reasons. Always explain and detail on those gaps. You don’t need to be too thorough about it, several words will do, but you can’t just slip it under the radar, especially when we are talking about longer periods of times of several months or even years.

Bullet style – layout         

The layout of your CV is more important than you think. Making sure your content and information is displayed in an easy to read manner will not only help the hiring manager or recruiter reading your CV, you can also impress them with your presentation and language skills.

A bullet style layout is perfect to enumerate your different projects and to summarize them. This will help the hiring manager to review your CV more easily.

Link the CV to one of your social media profiles

Preferably LinkedIn, but it could be anything that can boost that impression of professionalism and seriousness. This way the employer can see you in a different light instead of just picture you as a handful of words on a piece of virtual paper.

It will give you another dimension to be looked at, as well as the feel of a real person, instead of the generic faceless individual behind the equally generic resume.

Check and double check

It is always a bad idea not to check your CV after you’ve finished it. Grammar and spelling errors will make a bad impression, no matter the nature of the job you are applying for. It will only take a few minutes to polish your CV before passing it on, and the effects will be extensively greater.

Keep it short and simple : NOT

There is no point in going over the top and build a novel. Nobody has time to read a 10-page CV, riddled with filler ideas, words, expressions and irrelevant pieces of information. This doesn’t mean you can’t give a detailed summary of your projects, let’s say until 8 pages.

As said in point 6, layout is important. With a bullet style layout it’s very easy to summarize your projects without making your CV infinitely long. The most important things for a hiring manager are your function, content, period and used technical skills.

Explain your contribution

It is only natural for the employer to be interested in what you can bring new to the table. Take your time and detail on your abilities that can successfully apply to the new freelance job, as well as all the benefits that the employer can reap from hiring you.

Aside from showing the employer that you took the time to understand what it is expected from you, it is also a good indicator of the fact that you are actually interested and competent in the project.


As we have already mentioned it, the first impression is essential and it just might be your only shot at achieving success. It is the first impression that can open some doors and close others and your goal should be to open as many as you can.

In this sense, the way you build your CV is crucial, as every aspect matters. The formula is simple. If you want to build a unique, winning resume as a freelancer stick to these 10 golden rules and you should be able to improve your chances of getting the job 10 times over.

With this in mind, all you have to do is get to work and hope for the best.

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