Contract Managers are typically well organised, incisive and adaptable individuals who are well versed in deciphering a wide range of contracts. The great news is that this role is in high demand across multiple sectors right now, so Contract Managers can take advantage of lucrative opportunities to further their careers. But, how can you ensure your CV stands out from the rest and effectively communicates your skills and experience to an ideal employer?
Here, the PRS team answers some of your burning questions about crafting a strong CV, covering some of the critical elements you need to include in each section, as well as busting some myths along the way.
Do I Need To Tailor My CV To Each Contract Manager Role?
Not in its entirety. There will be sections of your CV that will not change, like qualifications, certifications, etc. However, it is essential to make sure your CV responds directly to the job advert/description. Think of it like call and response; the job description is calling, and your CV is responding to that call. With that in mind, you can see how vital it is that you tailor your CV to the role for it to make sense to your potential employer.
How Important Is The Professional Statement On My CV?
Content and presentation are the two best ways you can make your CV for a Contract Manager position stand out, and your professional statement plays a huge part in this. A well-written, concise and clear statement will help you grab the attention of your potential employer. It should address the requirements set out in the job description for the role. For example, if qualifications are crucial, insert your certifications within the professional statement. Be sure to repeat keywords and phrases from the job description back at them, i.e. if they’re looking for an excellent communicator, tell them that’s precisely what you are and the reasons why. It’s also worth briefly explaining in this section why you are interested in pursuing this new role, and why this organisation is the number one choice for you.
I Hear That Case Studies Are Worth Including On My CV; Where Do They Fit In?
Case studies can be a valuable addition to your CV. They give employers a view of the challenges you have faced and how you have overcome them. You can either include case studies as their own section on your CV or as part of work experience under each role. We recommend that each case study includes the following elements:
Results and learning outcomes.
How Likely Is It That An Employer Will Look At My LinkedIn Profile?
Very. While CVs are still the most common method of applying for a Contract Manager role, the chances are that an employer will seek to find you on LinkedIn too. It is for this reason that PRS recommends investing some time in keeping your LinkedIn page up-to-date with all of your latest work experience and ensuring all of the dates match up with those stated on your CV. If you have a LinkedIn page with lots of additional information and endorsements from colleagues, then we recommend including a link to it on your CV.
Is There A Typical Structure Or Layout I Need To Follow For My CV?
While there is no one-size-fits-all layout that guarantees success for a Contract Manager CV, there is a typical structure it should follow that makes reading and deciphering it straightforward for potential employers. We recommend the following:
Name and contact details.
Work experience, starting with the most recent.
Skills and qualifications.
Any additional relevant information.
CV Myth-Busting With PRS
Myth 1: CVs should be no more than two pages.
There is a common misconception that employers will not entertain reading through a CV that is longer than two pages. While this might be the case for professionals in other industries, it is not always right for Contract Managers given the wide variety of work and responsibilities associated with the role. While your CV must be kept concise, you do not need to leave out crucial information for the sake of staying within a certain page count.
Myth 2: Contract Managers need to provide more than three references.
The nature of your work as a Contract Manager means you will have dealt with a multitude of different stakeholders in each of your roles. As such, you should be spoilt for choice when it comes to calling upon references to include on your CV; however, you do not need to go overboard and provide more than two or three. The only rules we state are to make sure your references are from your most recent positions, and that the people work in senior positions, preferably those you reported to.
Myth 3: Does including a photo with my CV enhance it in any way?
No. In fact, we actively discourage it, and employers should not ask you for one. Simply let your skills and experience do the talking. In some countries, such as Germany, providing a photo with your CV and including information such as marital status is common, but this is not the case in the UK.
Are you a Maintenance Engineer or recruiting for one? PRS works with talented Maintenance Engineers to match them with their ideal permanent or contract roles in the UK. Get in touch with us to find out more about what we can do for you. And be sure to download our official Guide to Contract Manager Job Descriptions.