Mar 2 2016

4 Ways to List Contract Work on Your Resume

Signature Consultants General

Writing and arranging a traditional resume is tricky—writing and organizing a resume when you’re a consultant is even trickier.

Why? Well, most of the workforce organizes their work history in chronological order, including with each experience their title, employer name, and dates of employment.

But that approach clearly won’t work when you’re shifting company and roles every three to 12 months.

So, here are four ways to organize your resume when you’re a consultant.

1. Organize It by Parent Company

This approach is the closest to the standard approach. List the staffing firm you work with as the “umbrella” company, then underneath write the consulting jobs you’ve completed.

For example:

Work Experience

Signature Consultants, 9/10 – Present

  • Blue Moon Bank, Nashville, TN
  • Senior Java Developer, 6/15 – 11/15
    • Re-engineered Java User Interface and portions of core applications, resulting in additional functionality and scalability

Increased customer satisfaction with bank website by 56% according to user surveys

2. Organize It by Short-Term Employers

Another strategy to list all of your consulting jobs in chronological order under the heading “Consulting Jobs.”

For job seekers who have worked with a variety of staffing firms, completed many independent gigs, or both, this is a great way to present all of your experience without spending lots of space showing which staffing firm you were working with during each gig.

For example:

Consulting Jobs

  • Blue Moon Bank, Nashville, TN
  • Senior Java Developer, 6/15 – 11/15
    • Re-engineered Java User Interface and portions of core applications, resulting in additional functionality and scalability
    • Increased customer satisfaction with bank website by 56% according to user surveys

3. Organize It by Technology

Maybe you have expertise in several different languages and want to highlight your programming range to potential employers. Or maybe you haven’t worked with your favorite technology for a while, but would like to again and need to prove to the person looking over your resume that you’re qualified.

In these cases, grouping your experience by the type of project, technology, or language is the way to go.

For example:

Work Experience

  • Java Consulting Roles
    • Example #1
    • Example #2
    • Example #3
  • JavaScript Consulting Roles
    • Example #1
    • Example #2
    • Example #3

4. Organize It by Work Category

It’s fairly common for professionals in this industry to have experience working as consultants, independent contractors, and regular employees.

But that presents a problem: you must incorporate all of your disparate work experience into a unified list without confusing the person looking over your resume.

To do that, you can arrange your work experience by category.

For example:

  • Consulting Experience
    • Example #1
    • Example #2
  • Independent Contracting Experience
    • Example #1
    • Example #2
  • Full-Time Positions
    • Example #1
    • Example #2

By implementing one of these four organizational strategies, you’ll be able effectively show hiring managers your expertise, work experience, and capabilities.

About Signature Consultants, LLC

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Signature Consultants was established in 1997 with a singular focus: to provide clients and consultants with superior staffing solutions. For the eighth consecutive year, Signature was voted as one of the “Best Staffing Firms to Work For” and is named the 15th Largest IT Staffing Firm in the United States (source: Staffing Industry Analysts). With 27 locations throughout North America, Signature annually deploys thousands of consultants to support, run, and manage their clients’ technology needs. Signature offers IT staffing, consulting, managed solutions, and direct placement services. For more information on the company, please visit www.sigconsult.com.

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