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Well you cannot just put freelancing since it says nothing to your future employer. Employers don't care whether you worked as a freelancer or in multimillion company. They care only how much you know and how much extra profit you can bring to his company. Having this in mind, I would make a list of all project I did in 4 years, describing each technology ...


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The pain train I was in the same boat as you for a while; I had ample experience over a few years where I worked on open source projects and websites for small-scale clients. The easiest way to actually have freelancing on your CV? Put it there as previous work, and have some of your clients be references. It's as simple as that. As for the question of "...


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You just have to start like all of us. I had 10 years of experience when started freelancing and even thou I was a beginner for remote clients. So to answer your questions. I'm good written, reading and medium as speaker in english. Work on your English. The language barrier may be larger obstacle than lack of knowledge. At least perfect your passive ...


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First, let's put this in perspective. A resume is simply a brochure you hand a specific target market. It has its own conventions, formatting standards, etc. but in the end it is just a piece of advertising material and ideally one piece among many. Likely your resume will go to a different target market and be read differently if you are are seeking ...


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I hate to say it but I don't think you should hire her at all. If you hire her it seems you have only 2 options: Talk to her about her husband and your concerns. By the sounds of it the husband would not take to this kindly. I don't think he would gracefully back down and imagine he would keep causing problems in your work. You also don't want to be ...


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The biggest misconception most have is that you can just decide you want to freelance and then do it successfully. That's most often not the case. Unless the skills you provide are something tangible like auto-repair or landscaping. Conceptual services such as web dev and design require a track record of success and a proven ability to complete projects. ...


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Cover letter for freelancing?? Never heard of such a thing. You need marketing materials - a sales pitch, a brochure, a web site, a flier, an email campaign - but it's nowhere near the same as applying for an employment position. I've never needed a "cover letter" for any freelance work. I'd also point out that "self studying and training" has no place ...


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Consider positioning yourself as a business owner/consultant vs. freelancer. You can create a section on your CV below your previous job or above it, depending on what is most current and is more impressive. Something like this: "Your Name Consulting, 2004 - Present" Offers design and development work to a range of clients (you can be descriptive and ...


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Unlink the projects you have worked in and your employment history. Make two sections in your résumé: Projects, This should include side projects and everything that you consider relevant evidences to prove your qualifications. List technical details, e.g. development tools and platforms you have used (and supposedly you're familiar with). Indicate your ...


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This sort of behavior is a known problem, see Privacy Rights Clearinghouse 'Resume Database Nightmare: Job Seeker Privacy at Risk' One solution for the future may be to put a copyright notice on your CV, as recommended by 'Let the resume wars begin' - Ask the Headhunter (Nick Corcodilos). Then you can use a simple DMCA takedown notice. (To my knowledge, ...


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I completely rewrote my resume a couple of years back, having been a contractor for (then) a couple of years. The main thing that I removed from it, that I think makes a contractor CV completely different from a permanent CV, was the chronological career history. The key question that your CV needs to answer changes when you switch from permanent to ...


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I would mention it. I'd list it with work experience like all my other work history. I would not necessarily say "freelancer.com," but rather that I have X number of years experience dong Y type of development as an independent contractor (or self employed, or had my own part time business - whatever sounds best). Then list your duties. The benefit to ...


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None No one cares about Stack badges except stack users. If your clients have never heard of Stack Exchange, as with most people, then the badges only serve to confuse and distract. They offer no added value. In addition, having a "badge" doesn't make you automatically an authority on the subject. Badges only reflect your interaction on Stack sites, not ...


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Just put it down. Write a simple description about it if the nature of the project is not obvious from the title. If you're putting it in a website, than a few screenshots should sell the idea. If it's for your resume, than screenshots are not necessary. Your potential employer will likely ask you more about it if he is interested. Companies also come and ...


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When I wrote my "technical resume", it focused strictly on my skills relating to my industry, which was Information Technology. I included (at the top) my 5 core subjects that I was essentially a master in, including the years I had participated in each technology. Below that, I listed some of the more major projects I had taken on, including the main points ...


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Pass on them. Realize any bond the wife has will be much stronger for her husband than any client, including you. If he's involved now in an undesired fashion, he will be later as well. Even after you speak with her. After all it's her husband, she lives with him, you're just some random client. She won't keep the work private. She will discuss issue with ...


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DO NOT HIRE THEM This looks like business and personal got mixed. The husband lied, he's out. The wife leaked information to her husband, she's out. They are out because the core foundation of business is trust.


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"Junior developer with 2 years experience in C++. Actively improving my PHP skills. Highly motivated to tackle Web projects." Cite one or more achievements you are proud of.


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Freelancing isn't about "resumes" it's about practical work history.. if you have work history, you don't really need any resume. I, personally, haven't needed a "resume" in over a decade... Just a list of previous clients and possibly some testimonials, work samples, and client reference... more of a marketing sales promotion than a "resume" in the ...


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There are two aspects to this: leverage what you have now, and minimize damage in the future. Leveraging what you have now includes things like contacting the recruiters you work with, letting them know to be on the lookout for the problem, and that if they have any concerns to please verify details. This way the recruiters you work with can vouch for you....


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On Elance - You can have multiple categories and your rating is applied to each category individually. You can be level 10 in one category, and level 2 in another. Each category is paid indeed, I think on oDesk all is free. But whatever freelancing site there is, they all have strict policies against multiple accounts. I remember I once tried this on ...


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One year is a long time in the world of a programming. You idea to work on the private open source project is the best thing you can do. It will help your mind feel like you're actually working. I also suggest you make a good list of website which cover your programming area and monitor them regularly. This will help you be in touch with all new things. ...


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The Portable Document Format is actually the best format to submit any documentation. It guarantees the document will be received with the exact formatting. Word documents will render diferently depending on the application the receiver uses (ie, MS Word vs LibreOffice). EDIT: As noted by Peter on comments, it also guarantees it will be exactly as you ...


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I dont think this couple comes as "package deal". Further you are free to choose wife over husband I dont think you need to look at relationship aspect of this at all. But you could drop a brief hint at what you think. You are paying for work and need to be focused on work part then on relation/psychological part thaqt goes with it If this couple is ...


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Short version LinkedIn: position yourself where the client is (or you can invite to) and qualify for their needs. Describe who you are in regard to expertise and problems you solve. Provide detailed information on projects you've worked on, issues you've been challenged with, and the caliber of solutions you deliver. GitHub: keep private projects private; ...


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You aren't allowed to include links to external sites that include a way to contact you in your profile; Elance also wouldn't let you include such links in your cover letter/proposal, but I can't find a clear answer on whether Upwork allows them. Thoughts: You may be scaring off clients who think you are violating the rules by including contact information ...


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Well, Yes and No. Will listing those project make you look unserious? Then not. If those project were regular ones you've got and finalized, then why not. The bottom line is that "the more the better" is not always true. If you have a good portfolio with multiple long-term projects, then I would list them as the first one. Besides them, I would mention ...


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The ideal answer is PDF, however in my experience most agents want you to send a word file anyway. What I do is I create my CV in Word and then save it out in both formats. I send Word files to agents and PDFs to direct clients.


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Emily has a GREAT point. Put the emphasis on the client and how well you've met the requirements; dates, company name, and technologies used. Do not use the word "freelance" ANYWHERE if you're looking for a full time position -- this implies risk for an employer because the concern will be that you're not devoting your entire brain to the job only. Use ...


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