I work in a creative industry where it is common to use permalancers and I'm unsure how to list my job history.
I worked full-time staff at an organization for 5 years, was laid-off, freelanced for a variety of companies for a couple of years, was called back to freelance at the original full-time job, which turned into a 12-year stint -- the majority of which was paid contract, with the last few years salaried. That job ended 3 years ago and since then I have been freelancing for different companies, but want to go back to full-time staff.
How can I set up my LinkedIn experience section to accurately reflect my work history while at the same time not portray myself purely as a freelancer since I was effectively (although not acknowledged as) as employee on staff for the same company for 17 years?
Currently I've listed my freelance business first and included the clients I worked for after the original lay-off, the 12-year permalancer spot next, and then the 5-year full-time period last. I've been told this makes the freelance history look exceptionally long and that might work against me in my search for a full-time role. However, if I cut the freelance period down to 3 years, would I have to cut the names of the clients from the earlier freelance stint?