We do a lot of work for IT professionals including contractors. Many IT professionals struggle when it comes to writing a CV that sells their skills clearly and powerfully. This is frequently the case regardless of whether they are permanent staff or contractors. Nevertheless, it is noticeable that contractors, in particular, are frequently unsure of how to deal with the problem of (frequently numerous) short-term jobs on their CV. The net result is often a long and complicated CV which is not only portrays them as a job-hopper, but which is also confusing and is in no way shape or form a sharp and focussed job-winning document.

Each case is different, and we need to apply different solutions depending on the circumstances. Even so, it is frequently a case of going back to the drawing board and starting again pretty much from scratch for the client. It does take time, thought and effort but the results make it very much worthwhile.

When we send out CVs to clients we always ask for feedback and specifically mention ‘good or bad’.
Below is some feedback from a senior BA (business analyst) contractor.

Before I came to you I knew my C.V had issues, and I’d previously spent several hours trying to turn my War & Peace effort into something more marketable myself – only to make it even worse!

I had hoped you’d be able to make some improvements, but what I didn’t expect was a total transformation! I don’t know quite how you’ve done it but you’ve not only fixed the unfixable, but on top of that you’ve also managed to make me sound like a world beater – amazing!

Mal, Senior Business Analyst, Midlands

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Paul , top UK CV specialist, head of leading firm CV Succeed, and author of the most pioneering CV book in decades, The One Page CV (published by top career sector publishers Pearson Education).

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