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I hope you can help. I am updating my CV/résumé and I am using one word for each section. I must admit I am stumped in one area.

I need a single word to convey the following description:

"Work completed on behalf of"

This is where I have carried out work (graphic design and web development) for other companies while working for my main company (e.g external rather than internal work).

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    Freelancing is a relevant term, but the freelancer is usually self-employed. Since you do work in a primary organization, while working for other companies on the side, not sure if freelancing would fit perfectly in your situation. – Manish Giri Aug 11 '14 at 10:44
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If you want a single word that can make up a section heading, then Clients or perhaps even better External clients is probably a good fit. "Client" is a reasonably well-understood term to mean "someone who is the final receiver of the product created", but unlike Lascivious Grace's suggestion of freelancing need not imply any particular form of employment.


However, I'm wondering if it might not perhaps be even better to put this into your regular employment history section, rather than as a section of its own? In which case, you could write something like (note that this uses the same word, just not as a section heading):

2009 -- 2013, Acme Designs, Corp., graphics designer and web developer, with clients including Coyote Hospital, Inc. (2010 -- 2013); Funny Movies, Corp. (2009); and Acme Explosives, LLC. (2009 -- 2011)

You could then break that up (bullet point list, newlines, ...) however you feel fits your resume's style best.

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I'd try secondment:

the process or state of being seconded, the temporary transfer of a person from their normal duty to another assignment

source: Wiktionary

  • A word that nobody will understand is helpful to whom, exactly? – Robusto Sep 11 '14 at 11:16
  • @Robusto managers, sales people and politicians. – Bakabaka Sep 11 '14 at 11:27

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