In July 2011 I started doing freelance graphic design. I was going to put it on my resume but the flaw is I haven't "won" yet. (made any money.)
I've come close to winning sooooo many times (it's sad how close I've come) and I need a recent job on my resume. The good news is that I did gain real world experience creating logos and have gotten praise from clients, but without me actually making money it raises the question: Is it worthy to put on my resume?
If I get the interview and they ask about my freelance graphic design work I can show them logos and say I have experience, but I can't say that I actually made money. (Which would be a little embarrassing/awkward)
When I win one I have no problem of putting it on my resume; it just hasn't happened yet.
What do you guys think? (And I don't wish to lie at the interview)
My feeling is that if you show the work that you have done, your prospective employer should be able to judge its worth on its own; the fact that you may or may not have made money, while personally important (money is nice to have!) is not necessarily relevant. That is to say, I don't think you are obliged to tell your prospective employer whether or not the design in question has made any money. If they ask.... well, you'll just have to tell the truth.
Hope that helps a little bit. I've not tried to do work as a freelancer, so others with more experience may have better insights.
I agree with Kami.
Back when I was campaigning my portfolio, I had a couple of images, that were done pro-bono for the Denver Ad Federation projects, plus one from the Art Director's Club. I also had several images, that were done as test shots. Now, two had sold as stock, but there was no direct paycheck attached to either of them.
Much will depend on the position that you are seeking, but in the graphics fields, the "show reel" is far more important, than the resume.
With my work already in my demo reel I guess I can at least mention that I freelance on my cover letter. My work should be able to speak for itself though.
I won't put it on my resume; until I win that is , but my work should suffice.
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