Space limitations imposed by Yahoo don't permit me to edit the resume, but here are the suggestions I would consider to make your resume more exceptional:
1. Start off with your personal contact information -- I assume you know that and chose, wisely, not to post on Yahoo.
2. Add a Focus Statement – provide a clear, concise focus statement to convey your objective and create rapport with the reviewer. If there is no match between your interests and the reviewer your résumé will most likely be passed over. Here are two examples:
Creative Writing Specialist │ Essays, Short Stories, Advertisements, or
Freelance Writer │ Writing and Editing Articles, Brochures, Newsletters,
Drop the P/T or F/T. Focus on the target job. No need to put a header (i.e. OBJECTIVE).
3. Your summary of qualifications is weak, especially for a writing professional. Generate a summary statement that describes in 3-5 sentences, your 5 greatest strengths and key pedigree accomplishments. This summary is your opportunity to make a 20-second sales pitch encouraging the reviewer to continue the review process. For example: "Demonstrated professional writer with X years experience and demonstrated ability to craft clear, concise, and creative articles. Experienced in A, B, C ..." Weave your MBA credential into your writing focus by being an expert in "financial writing".
4. Add a quote from one of your writing assignments describing your skills, ability, and award winning results.
5. Add a Key Skills and Knowledge Section – add specific bulleted points highlighting your professional skills and knowledge. Think of this as your opportunity to describe the skills and knowledge that define you in a series of short phrases. The reviewer will scan these phrases and instantly form an impression of “who you are”, based upon your skills and knowledge. Examples of bullets might be:
* Professional Writer
* Award Winning Writer
6. Revise the order of your education to begin with your most recent accomplishments first, i.e. Masters in English, University of Florida, [add location], Major: American Literature (GPA: 3.2) 8/1980 to 7/1983. I would add more accomplishments in this area to highlight your writing focus, otherwise the reader might not believe you have the writing skills.
7. I don't understand the significance of separating your "experience" into 2 sections. You might want to combine and start with your most recent experience first, i.e. English Teacher, Gainesville Middle School Florida 8/1998 to 6/2010.
Having given you the above suggestions I must say your resume is weak (and please don't be offended) from the standpoint of demonstrating your writing skills. For you to really standout you need to:
A. Have a track record of writing professionally -- published articles, completed assignments, etc.
B. Won some kind of writing award.
C. Be able to provide examples of your work -- an online portfolio
D. You have fairly significant gaps in your work history and hence a more "functional" resume would be more appropriate in describing your writing skills.
These are all doable in a relatively short time frame. If you want to read more about creating an exceptional resume I would recommend the article "10 Key Tips to Create an Effective Résumé", at http://amcareermarketing.com/10-tips-effective-resume-part1/.
Good luck with your resume!
Tom from AMCareerMarketing