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A brilliant CV will significantly boost your chances of making the shortlist and landing the job. However, CVs can sometimes be hard to perfect, especially when you want to stand out from the crowd.
What’s more, when you’re applying to contractor roles your CV will differ to that of a permanent position. In this article, we explain the five essentials you need to consider on your IT contractor CV to help you impress the hiring manager and land your next IT role.
Detail your skills
The company you’re applying to needs to know your specific skill set. Otherwise, how can they decide if you’re right for the role? You must keep this list up to date with your current abilities. After all, the IT industry is always changing, with new technologies emerging. You need to ensure that your skills are up to scratch with the current demand.
Select your most relevant experience
Unfortunately, there just isn’t room to include everything – CV’s should aim to be concise and to the point. Therefore, be selective on what information you include. A maximum of two A4 sized pages is best as employers are busy people and won’t spend long looking at your CV.
As a contractor, you will probably have a vast amount of experience. You need to choose your most relevant experience for the role you’re applying to. You don’t need to list every single contract you’ve had for the past 10 years.
It’s about striking the balance of including enough detail to sell yourself without overwhelming your IT recruitment agency with masses of irrelevant information. So include more detail on the newer more relevant contracts and a brief summary on any older ones.
Include your past renewals
A great tip is to include is how many times you’ve been renewed for a contract. This shows that the company or client liked you enough to hire you again and valued your skills. Write this information in the experience or contract history section on your CV, for example you would write ‘Intec IT group – 14 months, two renewals’. Then after this, you would include your summary of the work you did at this company as normal.
Watch out for errors
Any grammatical errors or typos on your CV can look unprofessional. It suggests that you didn’t bother to re-read your CV properly and don’t have attention to detail – a skill which is essential in this industry! If an employer spots a mistake it could quickly lead them to put your CV in the ‘no’ pile.
Therefore, you must proofread very carefully. A quick skim read won’t cut it. To help, ask a family member or friend to look over your CV as well to spot anything you might have missed. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Leave out unnecessary information
There’s certain information that just doesn’t need to be on your CV. For starters, don’t include your salary expectations or fees, it could put off the recruiter and this is something you should discuss later on in the hiring process.
Then there’s the mistake of including a photo of yourself. This isn’t necessary and doesn’t say anything about your skills or potential in the role. Finally, don’t lie on your CV – if you get found out it could ruin your chances of landing the role and any future prospects with the company.
Follow the advice above for a great IT contractor CV that will impress the hiring manager. Remember to be selective about the information you include and to sell your most relevant skills to the employer. While this process may take some time to perfect, the effort you put in will be more than worth it in the end.
Guest author Alice Greedus is a staff writer at CV Library – one of the UK’s largest employment websites.
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