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How to create a great Freelancer Profile

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The Ebyline profile is a great way to showcase your work and accomplishments to organizations looking to work with experienced freelancers or editors.

Note: For help on how to edit and update your Ebyline Profile, view our guide Editing your Ebyline Profile.

 

Example Ebyline Profile

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EBYLINE PROFILE SECTION:

The experience section tells editors using Ebyline what you do best and should market your expertise and skills effectively. Think of this section as a cover letter.  

  • Location field, enter the primary location that you cover and work from.
  • Links allows you to enter URL's for your social media pages, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others.
  • Tags allow you to highlight the type of work you do (e.g., Writer, Photographer), as well as specific topics (e.g., Opinion, Business) and skills (e.g., Spanish, Data Analysis).
  • Career Summary should be brief but thorough and give editors a sense of your accomplishments as well as your availability and preference for topics, media and client types.

Example Career Summary:

Lois Lane is an accomplished food, wine and lifestyle writer and the former editor-in-chief of UR Chicago magazine, a free monthly publication covering Chicago’s nightlife, arts and culture. She currently writes a column for the Chicago Tribune on the city’s growing gourmet food scene. Lois’ freelance work has also appeared in The New York Times, RollingStone.com, Time Out Chicago, NBCChicago.com, Daily Candy and others. 

Prior to freelancing, Lois was a senior web editor and general assignment staff writer at the Chicago Sun-Times where she wrote for the national, foreign, science, technology, and books sections. Lois’ work was nominated for a National Magazine Award in 2006 and her reporting has won numerous SPJ and other prizes. She is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School.

 

PORTFOLIO SECTION:

Ebyline asks all members to add previous work examples to their profiles so that editors can quickly vet freelancers for potential assignments. You can also highlight the publications you've worked for.

  • Worked For allows you to add the names and logos of publishers who've published your work. This list of publishers will regularly be scanned for new projects by you. This will allow you to easily add your latest projects to your Featured Work.

  • Featured Work are the clips of your work that you wish to show off. Choose two to three published examples (from each of four to five separate organizations, 8-15 total clips) that you are proud of and that typify the types of freelance work you do or are most likely to do. You can select from the automatically scanned and found articles, add your own URL or upload a PDF/Image file of your scanned work.

  • Clips should be links to your published content online, or clearly readable screen shots of your content as it appeared in print or online. Writing samples (original work showing writing skill rather than place and date of publication) are not allowed and are not considered.

  • Photographers, Audio & Video Producers: make sure your clips show your work as published. Original image, audio, and video files that include no information on publication will not be accepted. Magazine covers, or other work that does not include a prominent credit line, are acceptable as long as at least one clip contains a credit line with your name.

  • How to title clips: You must assign a title to each clip or link you upload to your Ebyline profile. Clips are to be titled with the original headline as it appeared in publication. Remove any file extension (.DOCX, .PDF, etc) if you're copying/pasting from the file name.

 

Related Tips: 

Editing your Ebyline Profile

Becoming an Ebyline Approved Freelancer

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