Ghostwriting in the CV

Ghostwriting in the CV

Anyone who has worked as a ghostwriter, is often used to deal with a variety of topics and to act on a fee basis. However, some ghostwriters prefer to seek the security of a permanent job, for which an application must first be written. No problem for experienced scribes. Or is it?

It is by no means certain how the company or the HR department will react to the “ghostwriting” line: Ghostwriting may be regarded as a disreputable industry anyway, perhaps completely misconceptions about the working method and aspirations of this profession prevail and the application ends up in virtual reality or material trash.

Whether this happens or whether ghostwriting is not rated as an experience that may benefit the prospective employer is entirely up to the company. However, there are some clues that help in answering the question of whether to write ghostwriting on the resume:

To what extent can the company benefit from the ghostwriting experience? Are writing and research activities important, is there a thematic connection?

Is there a risk that the candidate’s assessment will be negative, perhaps because the company is under-informed and thinks ghostwriting is a “dirty industry” or ghostwriters are weird loners?

If one decides against mentioning ghostwriting, there should be no gap in the curriculum vitae since this is usually interpreted negatively. Nobody is forced to use the ghostwriting concept; The picture becomes even more honest, and the picture becomes clearer when the activity is broken down into its individual components: online and offline research, content analysis, interviews, creative writing, evaluation of statistics, book-keeping etc. In this way, the future employer gets better and better informed in detail about the experience of an applicant.