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A presentation by Laura Maddison at SuperMondays

A presentation by Laura Maddison at SuperMondays



A presentation by Laura Maddison at SuperMondays

A presentation by Laura Maddison at SuperMondays



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    A presentation by Laura Maddison at SuperMondays A presentation by Laura Maddison at SuperMondays Presentation Transcript

      • SuperMondays June 2010
      • Laura Maddison
      Freelance CV
    • My Background
      • Worked in creative and digital recruitment for 7 years
      • Started out in PR
      • Made web design hobby into a full- time job, grad scheme for a software company then for a direct marketing agency working on loyalty sites and e-commerce sites.
      • Moved into web marketing and was made redundant after the bubble burst so moved into recruitment
      • Set up own agency 4 years ago for flexibility around my little boy >>
      • Partner in a tech startup currently in beta trial
      • Self-confessed gadget and tech lover
    • Freelance CV
      • Be clear about what you want to achieve with your CV
      • Take a look at a range of clients that you would like to work for and pick the ones you really want to target
      • Approach a few at a time so you can keep track of what you are doing
      • Personalise each application - talk about their work and how your skills fit in, or can enhance what they offer
    • How To Structure A CV
      • Chronological works best, skill based looks like you have something to hide
      • 2 pages is best but not essential
      • Name, Address, Email, Telephone
      • Work/experience section
      • Link to portfolio site
      • References & testimonials
    • Work Section
      • The name of each of your employers/contracts and the position/job title you had there
      • Tell us about the employer, what sort of organisation are they and what kind of work do they do
      • The number of staff you manage (if applicable)
      • Planning, analysis, design, implementation and testing responsibilities as a web developer
      • Details of specific architecture, systems,and software
      • The projects you completed and if they were on time and on budget, and the team you worked alongside (if applicable)
      • Be mindful that some potential clients and recruiters may keyword search your CV so make it friendly - i.e. Vb.net or asp.net (vb)
    • Work Section
      • New techniques, procedures, practices and processes that you have introduced or developed.
      • Let the client know how you reduced time, effort and ultimately money for the project/company
      • How you have increased / helped to increase revenues and profits in your department (if relevant) and for the company in general.
      • Any other achievements that have benefited your employers
    • Portfolio Section
      • Remember that employers/clients will look at personal information, so keep it professional
      • If you can’t host it, use something like Behance, Coroflot, carbonmade or wordpress
      • Always get the approval of former clients to showcase their work
      • Give the design some thought if you can, or enlist another freelancer to set it out if your specialism lies in coding :)
      • Keep it up to date
      • If you keep it keyword focused and do a bit of SEO on it, then work might just come to you...
      • Give information on how you work - timesheets, billing etc, gives a more rounded view on a freelancer
      • Great info on Six Revisions
    • References Section
      • References and testimonials can be invaluable
      • ASK!
      • Great for future work & portfolio site
      • Help recruitment consultants as well as clients :)
    • Working With A Recruiter
      • Be open about the companies you’ve approached
      • Ask where your details will go to
      • ask advice on how to present yourself and your work
      • Expect to negotiate rates - both trying to make a living!
      • Ask for CV and interview advice
      • Invoice/send timesheets on time
      • They are there to help you but need you to help them too
      • Payment is generally hassle free for the freelancer
    • Sample CV achievements contact info clear details
    • Sample CV important info contact details repeated
    • Sample CV/Portfolio showcases his work
    • Sample CV/Portfolio memorable but not cheesy contact details at the end again
    • ...Finally
      • Make it memorable
      • Be realistic
      • Don’t wait for the phone to ring
      • Enlist a recruiter to help you
    • Contact Me
      • @lauramaddison
      • @altitudetweet
      • [email_address]
      • www.altituderecruitment.co.uk