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Words to use or avoid in your freelance writing resume

A recent study by ZipRecruiter analyzed words used in resumes that were rated highly by employers. The resulting list of dos and don’ts seems a little vague at first, but once you read over them you’ll see what they have in common. ¬†Good advice to keep in mind when creating or updating your own freelance writing resume:

Use these words in your resume:

  • Experience
  • Management
  • Project
  • Development
  • Business
  • Professional
  • Knowledge

Don’t use these words:

  • Need
  • Hard
  • First
  • Chance
  • Myself
  • Learning

Notice the pattern? Most¬†of the avoid words display a striking lack of confidence. You can just picture phrases like “give me a chance” or “first time writer” or “having a hard time finding a job”. There’s absolutely no reason to mention any of that to an employer. Ever. When I hire writers, I automatically delete e-mails that contain phrases and words like that. It’s an easy way to weed out first timers who don’t have a clue what they’re doing.

On the flip side, the “power keywords” display confidence and success. They’re a little generic for my taste, but the worst that can happen is the hiring manager ignores them as background noise, allowing the skills you wrote about to take center stage.