Having a great resume can make you stand apart when looking for a job. If you’ve worked in the gig economy, you may be unsure on how to list your experience in a way that showcases your versatility and skills. This post will offer suggestions on how to build a resume to help you land the job of your dreams.
STEP 1: Find a template you like
One way to stand out to hiring managers (besides your great experience) is by finding an eye-catching design for your resume. You can search for templates online or on websites like Canva. Even if you don’t want anything too flashy, having a sleek, professional resume could make all the difference.
STEP 2: Tailor your resume to the job you’re applying for
If you’re applying for a specific job, keep it in mind when creating your resume. Someone applying for a business role versus a hospitality role versus a marketing role will want to highlight different experiences. Feel free to pull some language from the job description or include action words in your resume.
STEP 3: Add your (gig) experience
Your experience is what’s going to impress managers and help you land a job, so this is where you’ll want to focus most of your attention. List experience starting with most recent, making sure to only include your most recent 2-3 jobs. Write about your accomplishments and how you made an impact, rather than just day-to-day responsibilities.
When adding your experience as a gig worker, it’s not as straightforward as listing your full-time work or long-term assignments. While it’s important to be thorough, only include experience relevant to the job you want or that you found meaningful to your employment. Here are some tips on organizing this experience:
- If you’ve worked for one staffing company but picked up shifts with various clients, try combining all experience into one paragraph with a description. For example:
- You can also list out each position you’ve worked with a small description:
- Highlight positive soft skills and personality traits you’ve picked up, such as being independent or having great communication skills.
- Include a separate section for technical skills relevant to the job you’re applying for.
- When listing references, choose someone who worked for the staffing company that employed you rather than the actual client you worked at temporarily.
- Be consistent with how you refer to gig work by using the same term each time.
STEP 4: Triple check your work
Spelling errors or incorrect information can make a great resume look unprofessional. Once you’re complete, make sure to double and triple check that it flows well and makes sense to those reading it.