Refresh your CV and secure your next contract with these top tips from iContract

10th January 2019

Recruiters have a lot on their plate. On a typical day, they can expect on average to make and receive between 40 – 70 phone calls. They often hold multiple interviews, write several job descriptions, and will ideally negotiate a few job offerings.

6 seconds is the estimated average time a recruiter spends reading a CV. Just, six seconds! This tells us that it is absolutely critical to catch the recruiters attention instantly – first impressions have never been more important.

Here are our five top suggestions for refreshing your CV and securing your next contract.



The format of a CV is undoubtedly one of the most critical aspects to perfect. The most relevant information must be at the top of the page and positioned where the eye of the reader falls.

If you want to include a section dedicated to hobbies and interest, this area should be regarded as the least important information and positioned at the bottom of the CV.

The recruiter is interested in one thing only, and that is, do you have the skills and experience required to complete the role successfully. To ensure your recruiter can answer this question within 6 seconds, your education, skill-set and previous experience must be listed first.



There is no harm in adding a little charm to your resume. After staring at 70+ black and white resumes, a little colour or a more personalised CV will come as a breath of fresh air to the recruiter.

However, remember not to go overboard. This is a professional document, and the design should not take away from the important content. Stick to neutral colours and clean, crisp font options.

You can find some incredible free templates online that are super simple to use.



Customising is vital when it comes to job applications. If you are applying for a position with a generic, untailored CV, it is unlikely you will receive an interview.

Spending 10 minutes tweaking your resume will make a world of difference. It shows the recruiter that you are already invested in the position, having dedicated a little extra time to the application process.

It’s also helpful to the recruiter when they’re putting you forward, as they have paper-evidence of your ability to complete the role. It’s important always to be honest and only include skills and experience that you can back up with a reference.


Include Social Proof

According to a survey of over 1000 hiring managers, a whopping 70% stated that they check a candidate’s social media. This is why it can be extremely beneficial to have an exceptional online professional reputation.

LinkedIn is an excellent source for growing your professional reputation. We highly recommend getting your LinkedIn page up to date, with all of your relevant past experience. In addition to this, ask previous co-workers to endorse you and post blogs/articles/news clips that you’re interested.

Include the link in your CV in the same section as your email address and phone number.


Brand Yourself

Decide what it is the makes you unique and why a company or client need you. This can be summed up in 2 – 3 sentences under your headline. It should be short and to the point.

This section is something that you can alter with each role that you’re applying for. Aim to make it not only about you but about the particular position and the values of the company/client you’re applying to.


So, there you have it. Our five top tips to refreshing your CV, now go on and land your dream contract!



Thanks to the team at iContract for sharing their top tips for refreshing your CV with us. If you want to find out more about iContract and how they help Contractors like you secure their next contract – take a look at this.


All content is accurate at the time of publication

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