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Make a good CV or resume for freelancing

In this article I have gathered together some useful new career advice for creating CVs (resumés), along with a few business tips for making them more effective for freelancing at creative design agencies.

The guides

The following are some good articles I have found, giving advice on CVs and resumés for people in the creative industry:
David Airey

I’ve mentioned David’s article before, which gives useful insight written by a senior designer at a London design agency who receives three or four of them every day.

Stopgap Group

This blog article by a recruitment group from the UK and Australia is about future-proofing your CV.

Eye Magazine

An article by UK creative recruitment agent Mike Radcliffe on simple CV guidelines.

Freelance Switch

A useful blog article by this popular freelancing website. Also take a look at their Part 2 article.


Some good pointers from another UK creative recruitment agent.

Tips for freelancing

So now you have your CV in good shape, what can you do to make it more effective when looking for freelance work at creative agencies? Here a few simple changes I suggest from my experience:

Do not including your whole career or life story – keep it strictly to the most recent and significant details.

Employers have (or expect to spend) less time to look through CVs for freelancers. Make it even easier to scan – it should be easy for them to find the top pieces if information on you in one glance.

Update it
The one thing that you must do as a freelancer is update it regularly. Clients and recruitment agents are always interested in what you are up to and it makes you stand out if you have news.

Promote action
The employer must know how to take action (find out more about you, or get in touch). The top ways of getting in touch and a link to your online profile or portfolio should be immediately obvious.

Any other ideas?

If you have any other suggestions, ideas or know of other good guides, please share them by posting them in the comments below.

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About GregDillon

Greg is the founder of strategy consultancy GD | Inspires and spends his days strategising for various design agencies and clients around the world - see more at He is also a prolific entrepreneur having launched - a website aimed at giving advice and insight to new, existing and veteran freelancers as well as commenting on all things strategic. Feel free to email him at: or follow on Twitter @StratTalking

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