Thank you for your wonderful site and all the many ways you support writing professionals. I’ve had some trouble figuring out something for some time now, and thought I’d ask you for some advice.
I “stumbled” into a freelance writing career about a year ago when I started a blog about my expat experiences living in Morocco. From my blog, I was able to write several professional pieces for various websites (paid) and is mostly related to travel and expat subjects. Additionally, I decided to start submitting work for pay-per-view type writing sites like Factoidz.com and Suite101 where I write about culture, religion, student affair/higher education, food, green living and weddings. I’m also a regular contributer to a topical essay group called Talk Morocco which is my only non-paying published writing.
The thing is, I was a student affairs professional for 9+ years before I moved to Morocco and I’m getting ready to head back to the United States to reenter the job market for the same type of work I was doing before moving abroad. I’d like my resume to reflect my writing work not only because I want something to show for my time in Morocco, but also because some of my writing reflects good experience for my field. In our profession, a resume is not the standard one-pager, but can be up to 3 pages (sort of like a curriculm vitae for a professor). Anyhow, what I’m trying to work out is should I lump all my writing into one “job” and bullet out the different websites and contributions or should I list each website and contribution as a separate job?
Your advice is appreciated and I can provide further detail if need be. Thanks in advance for your time and attention.
I often wonder how many people stumble into profitable freelance writing. I didn’t exactly, but I know it happens.
Which is why I wanted to post your question.
The truth is I’m not at all sure how you should show your writing credits on a non-writing resume. I suppose you’d want to show the time in Morocco (truly wonderful) the same way you would for past employment. That is by the actual dates or by the amount of time, then list the writing as you suggest. The thing that may be missing from that is any other experience there that would make you desirable in your profession.
Do a draft and see how it looks. You could even ask a friend or associate in your profession to take a look and make suggestions.
Good luck and I hope you also continue to write.
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