The 4 Things You Must Have When Hunting For Online Freelance Jobs

By Jovell Alingod

     In finding a regulare ready. Your resume should be short, but informative enough so your prospective employers would get a good picture of your skills, abilities and potentials. The same goes when finding and applying for online freelance work, you would need to have similar items on hand to show to your prospective clients. These will help them gauge if you are the right freelancer for the job. Here's a checklist of what you'll need:

1. Updated Resume

     As I've mentioned, finding online freelance work is just like finding a regular job. The main difference is that you'll be looking and sending your applications via the internet. So make sure you have your resume up to date and ready for upload when called for. Bear in mind to keep it short and simple. Highlight the things you can do related to the position you are applying for and your contact information like phone numbers, messenger ID's and your email address. It is ideal that you keep it short. Why? I'll explain this more in awhile.

2. Cover Letter

     It is always appropriate to include a cover letter in any job application. It shows your professionalism because here, you can clearly mention your sincere intent in applying for the job. Make sure you have proper grammar and correct spelling in your cover letter. This is the first item your prospective clients will see so this will reflect on you and how you work.

3. Current Photo

     Include your most recent photo in your resume. Choose a professional looking image and crop it to just regular ID sizes like 2 x 2 or 1 ½ x 1 ½. Its standard placement is on either the upper left or right side of your resume. However, if you choose to place it in the center, just choose a modest size for it to keep the professional and clean look of your resume.

4. Virtual Portfolio

     I consider this the most important item every online freelancer should have, up and ready before applying for online jobs. A virtual portfolio is like your online resume but in website format. Earlier, I recommended that you keep your resume short and simple. This is because you can put up a virtual portfolio and include the link in your resume. While your resume maybe short, your virtual portfolio should be as detailed as possible. In here you can put previous work you've done which reflects how good and flexible your skills are. Including testimonials from your previous clients-online and offline is a plus as well.
     If you are just starting out, you can make and post samples to show your abilities. It is also vital to include a professional looking photo and a contact form or page. There are several sites where you can make free virtual portfolios but you also have the option to buy your own domain name and set up a website just for it. This will all depend on the skills set you are marketing for yourself.

     Jovell Alingod is a freelance writer and virtual assistant who ventured into freelancing last 2010. You can check out her professional portfolio at to see more of her writing styles while her personal blog shows her motherly, sensitive, and sometimes funny side.

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