Making sure that your CV and online presence is adjusted for IR35 as of April 2020 is essential.
So what does a post-IR35 reform CV look like? And what steps should Limited Company Contractors take now to get their primary work-seeking paperwork reflective of their genuinely self-employed status?
CV, under the currently IR35 legislation of 2000: Does your CV have a section entitled ‘Employment History’?
Now, if you answered ‘no’ then good for you. You’re one step closer to being the bonafide contractor that you likely are, and want to be recognised as. But I can assure you that many contractors are still sending their CV off to Agencies and Companies for contracts blissfully unaware of this glaring oversight – having ‘Employment’ etched onto their documentation!
Of course, genuine contractors are not employed, so having an ‘Employment History’ section is nothing short of a spectacular own goal. Simply renaming it to ‘Professional Experience & Assignments’ (or something similar), will elevate it out of the danger zone. But this simple oversight is a microcosm of how contractors often overlook small details that could portray them as being inside IR35.
Obviously, consigning Employment History to history on your contractor CV is an easy fix to make. Fortunately for hard-working but often time poor contractors, there are a number of other quick changes to make to your CV to promote your ‘in business on own account’ status.