CV FOR SELF-EMPLOYED OUTSIDE OF IR35

blog header image

Posted : 28 Nov 2019 at 07:27:57
Category: News

Share this article

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.

CV for Self-Employed outside of IR35

  1. Writing your CV in an implied first-person style, rather than using pronouns such as ‘I’ and ‘My.’
  2. Mentioning your Limited Company name and having a proper business email address/domain.
  3. Mentioning your independent contractor/business status in your opening summary.
  4. Promoting outcomes not tasks (true businesses don’t talk about tasks in marketing literature).
  5. Talking about what you do for clients and how you deliver business benefits.
  6. Using marketing case studies in your CV to showcase client assignments.
  7. Using commercial/contractual terminology such as ‘engaged to do xyz’ rather than ‘hired to do xyz’.
  8. Including ‘recommendations from clients’ rather than ‘references are available on request'.
  9. Mention your P&E Insurance levels, VAT registration etc.


LATEST SIMILAR NEWS

LAING O’ROURKE TO BUILD EVERTON’S NEW STADIUM
Posted on: 20 Feb 2020 at 10:07:10
Everton Football Club has appointed Laing O’Rourke as preferred contractor for its planned 52,000 capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront.Dan Meis’ brick, steel and glass design takes its inspiration from the historic maritime and warehouse buildings nearbyA pre-construction...
POUND RALLIES AS UK EMPLOYMENT HITS RECORD HIGH AND WAGES BEAT 2008 PEAK
Posted on: 18 Feb 2020 at 13:45:59
Wages beat their pre-financial crisis peak for the first time at the end of 2019, as the level of UK employment rose to a record high of 32.9m people.A total of 180,000 people entered the workforce between October and December 2019, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said today.Read more:&nbsp...
THE DEATH OF ENTREPRENEURS RELIEF? IF SO, HOW DO WE SECURE IT?
Posted on: 10 Feb 2020 at 10:34:44
There is a lot of talk about ER being scrappedOur view is that ER will be retained but restricted furtherAre your clients concerned about a loss of ER? If so, a solution exists.Introduction“Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”The story goes that this was the text of a cable sent by Mark Twai...
NATIONAL SICKIE DAY: HOW MANY OF YOUR STAFF ARE IN?
Posted on: 03 Feb 2020 at 11:52:16
Today (03/02/20) is National Sickie Day, the first Monday of February when your staff is most likely to call in sick.Numerous reasons have been given to this day being a hotbed for employees pulling a sickie, such as it being the first payday following Christmas and so employees have been out at the...
BREXIT DAY DEBRIEF
Posted on: 31 Jan 2020 at 16:17:36
Brexit day is nigh. What does Friday’s milestone really mean (and not mean) and what’s next for REC members as we move to the next phase? In reality, the real work is just beginning.Not much changes (yet)The UK formally leaves the EU on Friday, but not much changes in practice. Not yet. EU inspired...
CONTRACTORS HIT BY SPIRALLING PI INSURANCE COSTS
Posted on: 27 Jan 2020 at 13:41:04
The cost of professional indemnity insurance is becoming a major challenge for contractors, according to research published today by the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).In recent months CECA members have reported spiralling costs for professional indemnity (PI) insurance as the mark...