What sort of options are available to the serial contractor who has worked on many projects for 4 - 9 months each and who would like to have a concise CV?

My CV currently features a work history back to May 2010 which comprises six entries (with between one and three lines for each). I have removed some of the smaller companies for whom I worked previously and omitted mention of cases of repeat work for the same company at different times. As it stands, my work history is fairly straightforward and intelligible. I can see that after a year or so -- assuming I continue to take up short contract work -- it will be too verbose and eat into the space I have for the rest of the document if I want to keep it down to 2 pages.

Are there any formatting techniques that deal with the issue of working for a large number of clients (sometimes working with the same at different times)?

I thought about grouping them by skills and technologies used but the chronology would then become hard to follow.

  • I have just spotted workplace.stackexchange.com/questions/1263/… which gives me some ideas to chew on: possibly to reduce older contracts to one-liners with no information except the company name, dates and job title. As pointed out in the related topic, employers will view contract work differently to permanent. – Guambra Feo Oct 18 '13 at 15:08
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    This question is nearly identical - my answer there seems like it would apply here, too. Is there a meaningful difference you want differently there? – enderland Oct 18 '13 at 15:40
  • Agreed. It is very similar and I might not have OP'd if I had seen the linked question. I think my phrasing of the question uses more keywords and that there is more chance of someone finding this if they want to see these suggestions. – Guambra Feo Oct 22 '13 at 13:59

How does the following sound?

2009 - 2010 - Multiple Clients

Work focused on SQL Server reporting, using at various times SSRS, Microsoft Access, and C#/ASP.NET. ETL projects importing flat files, CSVs, and spreadsheets to merge with existing database tables. Functions coded in SQL Server for special case field transformations. Clients were either small businesses or departments with little access to IT resources - responsible for analysis and user interface as well as solution development.

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