Getting yourself noticed and then hired
Your CV is a window into your experience and it needs to highlight quickly
succinctly your achievements to date in your career. In addition, tailoring your CV
dependant on the role you are applying for is also good practice.
Working as a contractor will usually result in you working for a number of
companies over a relatively short period of time so being able to communicate
your responsibilities and subsequent outcomes of your work is key.
Your consultant at Eurostaff will give you adhoc advice around your CV including
its content and presentation but we believe that the information contained in
this guide will give you a good base to create a CV that attracts the attention of
companies and gets that crucial first foot through the door.
Am I Showing What I Can Really Do?
Making your CV stand out to employers
Employers like to see a brief career summary at the top of your CV. It only needs to be a few
sentences long and must contain your experience (years and level), your main competencies and
finally what you’re looking for in your next role.
• List your contract experience with the most recent first, employers are not as concerned with
what you did 15 years ago. Contractors can have tens of jobs in the space of a few years and
listing all your responsibilities would go on for several pages. Your most recent job must be the
first role that the employer sees.
• Make sure you list the month as well as year (March ’09 – Sep ’09)
• If you have gaps in your CV, explain them in a positive light.
Employees in the technology industry will be well accustomed to working on projects. Employers
are extremely keen to hear about your experiences. What projects did you work on? What were
your responsibilities and what were your achievements? This is the perfect chance to talk yourself
Employers in the IT industry are purely concerned with the technical programs that you have
worked with in your previous roles. Ensure that you have included as much relevant information
as possible with each contract role you held.
• Technical qualifications or accreditations if you have any
• Degree if relevant
As we work with clients and companies all over Europe listing your linguistic capabilities could
push you to the top of the queue for a new job. For example, if you are looking to move to Belgium
and you can speak French and Dutch this gives you a wide scope of roles to choose from.