Writing CV’S that lead to Placements

Writing CV’S that lead to Placements

Drawing up a concise and thorough CV is an integral part of every recruiter’s role. How you present your candidate to the client can make or break the candidate’s success or failure.

Remember the candidates you present must be solid and properly checked out; that’s one of the reasons clients are prepared to pay a fee. Flush out the liars and fraudsters before you send the CV.

Understanding what your client needs and why the candidate you are putting forward is suitable is a basic expectation.

Professionally written CV’s that contain the relevant information are the foundation of building good relationships and a successful career in recruitment.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating a CV template:

  1. Ensure that your candidate is presented professionally: no spelling or grammar errors.
  2. Keep it short without omitting any information. A good CV should be no longer than 2 A4 pages.
  3. Provide the client with a short summary of the candidate
  4. Include1 reference check in which you have verified the candidate’s suitability for the specific role you are presenting him/her for.
  5. Provide the candidate’s academic history
  6. Make sure there are no gaps in the chronological history of employment [start with the most recent position first]
  7. Emphasize the experience which is relevant to the role you are putting the candidate forward for
  8. Provide real Reasons for Leaving and be prepared to expand on these should the client need more information
  9. Highlight specific achievements throughout the candidate’s career
  10. Include a skills matrix for technical roles [eg ICT, Engineering] and include proof of sales for Sales Executives
  11. List projects that are relevant to the role
  12. Include your contact details: email, landline and mobile. You want the client to reach you easily

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