Approach A

  • Title, Company A
  • Freelance + Title, Company B
  • Title, Company C
  • Freelance + Title, Company D
  • Title, Intern, Company E

Approach B

  • Title, Company A
  • Title, Company B
  • Title, Self
  • Title, Intern, Company D

In approach B, you would list all freelance/contract work you did under the "Title, Self" experience. For example:

  • Company A
    • Project 1
    • Project 2
  • Company B
    • Project 1

Question Which of these two approaches is better? And why?

  • 1
    Is this intended to be a chronological resume? If so, then A would be more accurate I'd think.
    – JB King
    Oct 22, 2013 at 22:06
  • Unless you suddenly want to go permanent, it makes no difference. After decades of contracting, I have never actual stated that I was contracting - it simply would not have occurred to me to do so. It certainly hasn't prevented me from landing more contacts. Switching to perm might be different.
    – Mawg
    Dec 21, 2018 at 9:14

1 Answer 1


These days, whether you're freelance or employee is not viewed as material. If you're an employee, you have 'Title - Company A'. If you're freelancing you have 'Title - Company B (Contractor)'. The working arrangement should be at the end, not at the beginning.

  • 1
    That's the way I do it, and I've been repeatedly complimented on my resume.
    – Debra
    Oct 28, 2013 at 2:42
  • I see two problems: 1. Some freelance work is done without a contract, so the term contractor might be misleading. 2. Listing freelance projects separately increases the length of the resume. Oct 28, 2013 at 20:45
  • @melhosseiny - 'contracts' don't have to be written. You are actually agreeing to a contract simply by pumping gas in your car and then paying. If someone agrees to a job at a rate or a price it's a 'contract', particularly at the point where money changes hands. 'Small' projects should be rolled into a paragraph. If you work on 'contract' on a 3 year project it's pretty much equivalent to full time employment. Oct 28, 2013 at 22:58
  • Elegant solution, would this how you would also describe developer freelancing too? Example, like Software Engineer (contracted) for developing a cloud service or Mobile Developer (contracted) for developing an iphone app instead of iPhone App Freelance
    – Jeremy
    Mar 30, 2014 at 5:30

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