Now that we've covered the "Who" of your experience section, let's look at its actual essence.
You could use a few categories to sort it, including the importance of skills in the job advert, your years of experience, and types of expertise.
Within your experience section, you could answer some of the most popular questions recruiters will have about your expertise.
1. How should I write this resume section, if I have a limited amount of experience?
Shift the focus from years and amount of experience to what actually matters.
That being the quality of your work, skills, and technologies which you've attained as a result of your previous contracts. Thus, you'd be highlighting your competencies via key achievements.
The experience section could be structured as follows:
- Company and Contractor Company
- Bullets: Emphasizing skills or technologies via outcomes.
If in the end, your experience section seems too light, you can use various other resume sections to feature your strengths (e.g. projects, certification, soft skills, etc.)
2. What if I have too much contract experience? How should I go about sorting it on my resume?
The most often-case scenario is that over time, your role doesn't change - only the contractor you work for.
So, here's what you can do:
- Select three-to-five roles that spotlight your skills the best and also are aligned with the job specifications and requirements.
- Highlight the greatest hits of your contract work, and then create an "other experience" section, listing the rest of your contracts. This will show recruiters you're consistent and that there are no gaps in your experience.
- Group contracts under job title and seniority, starting with more senior (or leadership) positions. Within the description of each experience item, list all the contract companies you've worked for through the years.
3. What if my experience is a hybrid one? How do I denote this on my resume?
Remember that your resume is the perfect storytelling instrument.
If a contract has resulted in full-time employment, make sure you highlight the reason why this promotion happened. Also, don’t forget to note your key achievements.
You could also curate both contractor and full-time work by filtering what's relevant to the job you're applying for. The role name or description provides the perfect space to note the essence of your contract (e.g. full-time employee; government contractor; independent contractor, etc.).
Contractor resume experience: Best practices