If you’ve been freelancing for a while, there might come a time when you miss the buzz of working in an office alongside a team, getting a stable income and having set working hours.
But how do you make the transition from being self-employed to working full time in a business? Well, it’s a tricky one because some employers have preconceptions about freelancers that might put them off hiring you.
For example, some may think that you struggle working as part of a team, don’t like being managed, or that you won’t want to stay at the business for a long period of time.
So, how can you quash these myths and convince employers that you’re the right fit for their business? Well, these five tips should help!
1) Give A Reason For Making The Move
When applying for a new job after a long period of freelancing, the employer or recruiter will almost definitely be wondering why you’ve decided to move into full time employment now.
Because of this, it’s a good idea to explain your reasons for making the move in your cover letter, whether it’s because you want to be part of a team, or prefer to focus on one goal rather than multiple accounts, as it’s better to be upfront in your application.
This sort of honesty will resonate well with the employer as it will show that you’re trustworthy, and might just ease any concerns they have about hiring a freelancer.
2) Sell Yourself
A freelancer’s CV is a tough one, as you need to demonstrate your suitability for a full time job – not just your technical ability and experience.
Draw on any jobs you’ve had previous to going freelance to demonstrate experience of working as part of a team and that you’re comfortable and used to being managed. Also make it clear that, although you are freelance, you spend time working with in-house teams so enjoy teamwork.
This is also the best time to show how hiring a freelancer would be beneficial to their business – this could be a varied skillset, being adaptable or being able to work using your own initiative. Whatever you choose, just be sure to maximise on the benefits you would bring to the business and that particular role.
3) Include A Portfolio
As a freelancer, you will have worked on a huge variety of projects, and this is something that sets you apart from other candidates and could give you the edge.
This is a great opportunity to convince an employer to give you a chance so – even if the job vacancy doesn’t ask for a portfolio – don’t be afraid to link to yours on your CV.
Whether it’s on your own hosted website or on a dedicated platform like GitHub, make sure that your portfolio includes a variety of work from a range of clients – ideally including ones similar to the company you’re applying for.
4) Promote A Varied Skillset
During your time as a freelancer, chances are you will have had to use a more comprehensive collection of skills than someone who has worked at one company.
So, if this is the case, shout about it! Like working on different projects, having an advanced and varied skillset is a unique trait that other candidates might not possess.
However, these skills don’t just need to be technical – softer skills such as time management, networking and account management are vital in freelancing and will translate well to a full time position.
As I said before, it can be difficult to convince employers to take a chance on a freelancer, and equally as hard to convey your suitability in a simple job application.
Use the contacts you already have via friends and family, or even social networks like LinkedIn, to find other ways of discovering opportunities and being put forward for jobs rather than the traditional application process. This will give you a better chance of being able to sell yourself without having your CV disregarded.
For more tips on networking as part of your job search, check out my other blog here.
So there we go, five tips on making the move from freelancing to full time employment. Have you made the transition and have some pearls of wisdom to share?