This is the number one rule for contractor CVs and involves tailoring the content to target the specific requirements of each job. Remember, contracting involves matching specific skills to specific requirements, so your CV should clearly demonstrate that you have the following:
- The required skills for the work
- Experience of applying the required skills
- Benefited previous clients using those skills effectively
One of the main differences between contracting and full-time employment is the importance placed on individual personality. While it’s not uncommon for full-time employees to search for a candidate who fits their specific company ‘culture’, this is less important when hiring a contractor, who will usually be hired for a fixed-term project on the basis of their key skills and experience.
Clients hiring contractors will be less interested in personal information such as hobbies, interests and career aspirations; cutting out this information will also help the client or agency to find the key content they’re looking for. On average, clients and agencies spend less than 20 seconds looking at each CV, so in order to grab their attention, the front page of your CV should include the following.