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Adapting your CV for contracting roles
15 July 2015
Getting your CV done and dusted is a massive achievement, but applying for dozens of different roles with the exact same version will drastically reduce your chance of success.
Adapting your CV for temp and contract roles will make the relevant parts stand out, making you a more desirable candidate simply because employers may be looking for different things in a temp.
The same presentation rules apply when writing a contractor resume, but there are some elements that may need tweaking if you’re to make your CV stand out to a hiring manager who requires certain attributes from a temporary work.
There are certain credentials (flexibility, fast-learner) that will make you stand out as a good candidate for a temporary position. These should be in a prominent position, so the hiring manager sees them when they first scan over your CV.
Consider the following alterations to your resume when applying for a temp role:
Highlight your ‘temp’ skills
There are certain credentials (flexibility, fast learner) that will make you stand out as a good candidate for a temporary position. These should be in a prominent position, so the hiring manager sees them when they first scan over your CV. However, be wary of falling into the CV cliché trap; avoid listing buzz words that employers will see on other CVs.
Keep experience relevant
Ensuring your CV isn’t too varied is essential when applying for temporary roles. You’re not expected to do much learning on the job – rather to come in and make an immediate difference. So consider each job specification when adapting your CV for temp and contract roles and make the relevant changes for each position.
Stand out from the crowd
Simply listing your skills and experience isn’t a very effective way of getting yourself noticed. Use real life examples from past experience, stating what action you took and what the result was.
Adapting your CV for temporary and contract roles doesn’t have to mean a complete re-write of your existing CV, but you should make sure you’re not leaving out the desirable qualities you have that align with temp working.
For more information read our article on the common interview questions for contracting roles.
Keen to delve into the temp world but want to talk it over with a professional before you do? Give the team at Page Personnel a call today - we are experts in placing our candidates in both temp and permanent roles.
Small tweaks to your current CV can turn it into a temporary contractor resume easily by incorporating:
- Sought after skills that are suited to a temporary role
- Outlining your temp history
- Keeping your experience relevant to the job in question