You’ve made the big decision to become a contractor; now you need to land some valuable contracts. It all starts with the perfect contractor CV, which needs to be revised to become your chief selling tool in order to bag those contracts.
Here, the Mango Pay team has put together some expert advice on how you can ensure your CV is contractor ready…
Arguably the most important part of your CV can prove to be the hardest to write. Your CV should start with a statement that’s a summary of your work, making it crystal clear that you’re a contractor. It’s your opportunity to set out your stall, so ensure you include brief information on your skill level, capabilities and, crucially, the type of work you’re looking for and can complete.
This is where your contractor CV differs slightly from the one you would send out for a permanent role. Creating mini case studies of work you’ve completed (either when employed or as a contractor) demonstrates your problem-solving ability, commitment and project management skills. Even if the only project you’ve managed is your own time, it’s worth highlighting so that potential clients know you’re diligent and their work is in safe hands. Also, include testimonials from previous employers/clients if possible, and provide their contact details as a reference to back up your claims.
There’s no set formula of CV structure that will guarantee success, but we recommend the following order:
- Name and contact details
- Opening statement
- Work examples/Most recent positions
- Skills & qualifications
- Education history
Think about keywords
Some organisations use software that scans CVs for keywords relating to precisely what they’re looking for. With that in mind, treat your CV like a search engine and make sure the keywords that describe your specialisms and experience feature throughout.
Always remember that your CV is your primary sales tool, and often your only chance to convince a potential client that you’re the right person to work with. While a lot of people find selling themselves challenging, try to leave your modesty at the door and highlight your achievements in bold if you have to!
Check, check and check again
We can’t emphasise the importance of checking your work strongly enough. Make sure you read through everything and run a spell-check to ensure there’s no typos or grammatical mistakes. It can be helpful to pass your CV to someone else to read over before you send it out in case you’ve missed something.
Stay tuned to the Mango Pay blog for more news, advice and guidance for UK contractors.