Recently I was given an opportunity to apply for a part-time writing job that involved two of my passions: writing and medicine. During the application process, I reviewed my most recent resume and realized it was not going to cut it for this job, as it was focused on my work as a life coach. Looking at older resumes, they are all geared solely toward the field of medicine.
I have only seen and created traditional resumes, where I put my job experiences first, and then at the very bottom, where it says “Interests and Hobbies,” I put, “writing.” That’s not going to work if I want to highlight my writing skills and experience.
I started looking for ways to showcase my writing skills. Here are some resources for creating a resume for writers. I hope you find them as helpful as I did.
- Article titled, Creating a Writer’s Resume, by Moira Allen. This article shows how you can emphasize your writing skills and experience, even if you have a day job that has nothing to do with writing.
- Article titled, Writer’s Resume Template, by Annie Neugebauer, which has a free download of a writer’s resume template. The advice she gives on filling it out is as helpful as the template itself.
- Article titled, Writing/Publishing Resume Examples, which has links to multiple different example resumes, including a sample Freelance Writer resume and a sample Writer/Copy Editor resume.
- And one more article, for those of you who are published authors: How to Do an Author Resume, by Larry Davis, Demand Media.
While writing a resume is not fun, (unless it’s someone else’s resume!) it’s one of those tasks that has to get done. Having all this information at the ready made the job much easier to do.
Let me know if you have other resources for creating or polishing your writer’s resume.