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5 Things You Shouldn't Miss In Your Freelance Writer's Resume

If you are reviewing a freelancer’s resume because you want to hire them for a job there are five things you should not miss:

  • #1:
  • Make sure you check where they are located. You want to be able to figure out their time zone. This will save you a great deal of hassle later on as you try and set deadlines for your projects. If you do not know their time zone and you do not check it will set you up for a great deal of miscommunications about your deadlines and will inevitably end in a lot of unnecessary confusion on behalf of everyone. Do not just tell them you want something submitted by “midnight” because they may take advantage of the time difference and instead submit it by midnight in their time zone rather than midnight in your time zone as you preferred.

  • #2
  • Look for their work history. You should see whether or not they have completed work similar to yours. This is something that far too many people neglect to verify and it can cost them. When reviewing their interest resume or looking over their portfolio you want to make sure that they have completed work like yours so that you can rest assured they have the style and tone needed to get the job done.

  • #3:
  • Look over their reviews. See what customers have had to say about them. But do not settle for just browsing their ratings. You want to review the comments left by other freelance writers. You want to ensure that you see whether people are overall satisfied with the quality but wished for a more professional individual or if they were able to offer a fast turnaround but at the expense of some of the quality.

  • #4:
  • Look over how many open jobs they have currently. The number of jobs that are currently open can give you an idea of how much free time they have and whether or not they will be able to give your job priority. If they have no open jobs then you can rest assured that they will be able to focus on yours exclusively.

  • #5:
  • You want to of course communicate with them before you hire them to see how quickly they respond and how professional their responses are. This is important for you and for your job. Without knowing how fast they can respond you won’t know whether or not they are really the most qualified person and will be able to meet your deadline or incorporate any changes you require.


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