The world of contracting is brutal. Thanks to cut-throat competition, contractors have to be literally on their toes to connect with potential clients and bag new business projects. Creating a CV is definitely the first step towards it.
CV templates were certainly a rage until a few years ago, but not anymore. People are slowly and steadily looking for unique and interesting ways to showcase their skill sets. While not everyone is a Nina Mufleh (Remember her website cum CV for Airbnb?), you certainly want your capabilities, flexibility and productiveness to come out impressively.
We can’t suggest designs or templates that will do wonders for you, but we can certainly help you with the content so that the potential clients have your attention. Please take a note or two with the listicle shared below:
- Clarify your work experience
Yes – that’s the first thing a potential employer usually checks no matter how creative or brilliant you are. Therefore, write the “number of years worked” along with the “industries you have worked in” to give a gist of your past employment.
- Note down your skillset
That’s the reason what any company would hire you for! So make sure you have listed all your skills right at the top of the page, then the potential employer knows what you are capable of. Use bullet points as they give an uncluttered look ‘n’ feel.
If you are in the creative field, make sure you attach a couple of sample jobs or your portfolio that easily justify the skills you have mentioned in the CV.
- Educational info
You may have all the skills required to do the job and you may be very good at it, but that doesn’t mean you undermine your educational feats. Keep the brief short and crisp. Don’t go into detail
- Don’t just use paper
It’s always presumed that a CV will be typed out on a paper. However, you can change that. You can use online tools such as Wix.com and About.me to create your exclusive online space. Having a LinkedIn profile always works, so make sure it’s updated.
- Make your CV personal
Let the potential employer know about your personal life and interests. Include skills you have learned from your hobbies such as photography, managing a small-scale event or hosting a small art exhibition. Basically – it could be anything! The aim is to come across as a candidate who is well-rounded, personable and initiating – someone who will certainly be an asset to the company – even if it is on a contractual basis. But don’t go too far – your cycling proficiency certificate probably isn’t relevant.
There is no right or wrong way of making a CV. Make it in whichever you want to. Your aim is to impress your could-be-employers with your professionalism and the skills you can actually ‘show’ to get that job and not just to get shortlisted.
So carve a niche for yourself by letting your creative juices flow!