When to Name Names on Your Freelance Writing Resume

Thank you to Jeanne Grunert, whose comment was the inspiration for this post.

When you are preparing your freelance writing resume, do you list your clients’
names or do you keep them confidential? There isn’t one clear answer that will work for everyone. If you have signed a confidentiality agreement, then you can’t reveal the fact that you have worked for a specific client.

I do include some client names on my resume and some others I don’t mention, although I do describe the kind of work that I have done for them. Here’s how I make the call: If the work is being published under my own name, then I include the client’s name on my resume. A lot of my work is ghostwriting, and I choose not to reveal the names of those clients on my resume.

I can still list the kinds of work that I have done for people and the topics that I feel most comfortable writing about without naming names. So far, no one has asked me to do so, and I think that a prospective client is more concerned with whether I would be a good fit for their project than the names of the other clients I have worked with.

Do you list the names of your clients on your freelance writing resume or do you focus on your experience instead? How do you decide who should be included, assuming you have not been asked to sign a confidentiality agreement?

Comments

  1. Good advice here. Thank you. I’m interested in ghostwriting, how would you suggest I get started? I would like to do some professional writing on the weekends to help make ends meet. I was lucky enough to retain a full-time staff position as a tech writer, but my pay was cut.

  2. Whoa. I’m honored Jodee. Thanks for using my post as a springboard for your post! Blessings to all the freelance writers out there – may your in box be full of acceptance letters!

  3. @ Craig: Deb Ng posted some great advice for newbies. You can check it out here: http://www.freelancewritinggigs.com/2009/08/6-tips-for-getting-started-in-your-freelance-writing-career/

    @ Jeanne: You are most welcome. :D

  4. It had never occurred to me not to list the clients I’ve written for on my resume. Then again, I haven’t done any ghostwriting, so I guess it’s not been an issue for me. I don’t list every single client I’ve ever had, though; I try to list the ones I’ve done the most work for and the ones with the highest profiles.

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