Writing a resume that gets noticed can be notoriously difficult. And for contract workers, organizing a concise and straightforward resume that doesn’t leave off important projects is even more confusing. If you are in a similar situation, you’re not alone. Many workers are choosing to advance their careers by taking on new and interesting projects, often with different employers. A contract worker’s resume should look different than the standard traditional resume. Here’s a look at the different options that are acceptable to recruiters and employers, while still hitting all your career high notes.

The Difference Between Traditional Chronological and Skills-Based Resumes

If you are still writing your resume the way you were taught in school, you might be surprised to learn you are missing out on important opportunities. If you are used to the common reverse-chronological resume format which presents your skills and experience in terms of jobs held from most recent to least, it’s likely your resume has quickly gotten too long to cover all your contracts while showing employers how hard you’ve worked over the years.

Consider using a skills-based resume instead. Rather than focusing on your employers, the focus is on you and your skills. The format allows you to highlight the most relevant pieces of your professional qualifications and dive in to how those experiences are relevant to the position you are applying for. You can still provide an employment history, usually at the bottom of the page, but the main focus of the document is clearly the experiences and skills that you can bring to a new job.

Organize by Staffing Agency or Company

If a straight skills-based resume fails to communicate your value to employers, consider organizing your work history by staffing agency or company worked for. This shows readers you were loyal and reliable enough to stick with one “employer” for an extended period of time, shows prospective employers you do not have any worrisome gaps in your work history, and you were hired for multiple projects based on your relationships either with your recruiter or contract manager. People hire people they want to work with, and by showing the reader that others continually wanted to work with you, you can build confidence through something as simple as the format on your resume.

Do What Makes Sense to You

The bottom line is you should make the best decision for you. Look closely at your skills and your work history and try out a couple different resume formats to see which one presents your career in a more compelling (and concise) light. Remember the average employer looks at a resume for mere seconds before deciding whether to follow up with a candidate. So whatever you choose, make sure it gets the point across quickly and effectively.

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