Select the Right Projects
Before you figure out where to put your side projects on your resume, you need to make sure that you have a few worthy of inclusion. Usually, you should only list projects that are relevant to your target role. Otherwise, the hiring manager gets little (if any) value from learning about them.
Additionally, it may be wise to focus on side projects that have related, quantifiable accomplishments. Without a connected achievement, the project may not be a particularly impactful addition.
Choose a Location
Usually, you have two primary choices regarding where to list information about your side projects on your resume. First, you can include them in the work history section. Second, you can create a separate area designated by a header, such as “External Projects,” “Freelance Projects,” or something in a similar vein.
For personal projects, you may want to use the second approach. By creating a separate section on your resume, you aren’t incidentally suggesting these projects were associated with a paid or volunteer job. Instead, they were something you chose to take on for the experience.
If you did the work as part of a gig, then it’s completely appropriate to treat it like any other role. Just make it clear that it was a project position in the job title. That way, the hiring manager knows that the role was short-term by design.
However, even if the projects were gigs, if you have a lot of them, you may not want to weave them into your work history. It could make your resume seem cluttered or like you have issues with longevity. Instead, it may be best to list them under a separate heading or, if you use a freelancer platform, under a single company name based on the platform you work through.
It’s also important to note that you can include side projects in your professional summary as well. If a project achievement can help you shine, then it could be worth including there, too.
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Ultimately, either approach above could let you position side projects on your resume appropriately. If you’d like to learn more about how to stand out as a candidate, the talented team at The Armada Group can help. Contact us to speak with one of our recruiters today and see how our resume writing expertise can benefit you.