Freelancers’ recruiter reports 28% surge in creative job applications

A spike in applications for digital and creative roles has prompted a recruiter of freelancers to remind of five fundamentals when competing in a crowded jobs market.

Major Players, which places freelancers in roles ranging from Editorial and Events to SEO and 3D Visualisation, says the spike happened in this year’s first quarter.

In particular, in January 2019, the agency saw CV applications for assignment on its books surge by 28 per cent when compared to the same month of 2018.

Top tips it offers as a result to freelancers hoping to stand out from rivals can be summarised as ‘Connect,’ ‘Build’ ‘Enliven’ and ‘Evidence.’ The fifth has just two letters ‘CV.’

“Keep your CV short and simple (max two A4 pages) but highlight your key achievements in your last role and keep them at the top,” the recruiter recommends.

“Ensure you keep multiple copies of your CV which are tailored to specific roles rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.”

But without ‘connecting’ the CV might never get exposure. Specifically, freelancers were advised to have email alerts, job board sign-ups and partnerships with agencies all in place.

Then freelancers should ‘Build,’ because without developing a rapport with an agent, freelancers again risk their CV being underused.

Thirdly, ‘Enliven’ any application and avoid it looking or sounding staid, potentially by including “what makes you tick including hobbies beyond your industry.”

Lastly, “be prepared to give specific examples of your achievements,” Major Players added. “Talk about your approach and results. Being able to bring your expertise to life is crucial.”

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28th February 2019

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