Successful Contractor CVs
Successful Contractor CVs – We saw this piece of advice to contractors given by an agent on another website and thougt it was worth passing on his view of successful CVs.
The Top of Page
The top of the first page should have your name and the speciality you work in top centred. i.e.
SAP BW SEM Consultant.
Successful contractor CVs would then have a brief synopsis of your career highlighting the skills required for the job you are applying. So rewrite for every job you apply for It should take no longer than 5 minutes at a time.
Your Career History
Successful contractor CVs should then you should have your career history. This should be succinct and precise and not war and peace. A top CV should have each role, the team size you worked in and what the project was trying to achieve as whole.
After this, CVs should have your skills, training and certifications.
Then, they should have your education and some personal information such as age, marital status and any languages you speak at business level (not basic French etc).
If you have been in the business for 15 years, and done lots of projects, your CV should state the number and types in the synopsis.
Most Recent Contracts
The best CVs would only flesh out your last 2-3 years experience. You should paraphrase the rest. Clients don’t tend to pay much attention to what contractors did 5 years ago.
Winning CVs should be no more than 3-4 pages at the maximum.
If it is for permanent work, the same principles apply but there should be less paraphrasing. Add your hobbies and interests as well as a bit of personal information to make you sound interesting to the client.
I hope this helps in helping you create a successful CV.