Which is the right font to use and size, is a question I am often asked. We use Arial 11 which, after trying many including Garamond and TNR is easiest to read, and welcomed by recruiters. 11 is the standard font size unless the amount of information to be included cannot be included in the 2 pages allowed for the CV, in which case we will use size 10.
Do you use LinkedIn ? It is a great way for potential recruiters to have a look at your personality, contacts and posts when looking for clients to interview. It is also really useful to identify the right person in the recruitment team of the company you want to work for so you can send them your CV directly.
December is always quiet in the recruiting industry, but January is exceptionally busy, use the time over the holiday period to update your CV and be ready to go in the new year when your new years resolution is….” I must get a new job..”
To me, it has to be your achievements either personal or from your work experience as they differentiate you from other candidates as a winner!!
I often get asked, should hobbies and interests be included in a CV. My personal opinion after years of recruiting is yes if you are a school leaver or graduate, as is shows your personality, but no once you have work experience, recruiters want to know what you do and are you any good at it.
More and more companies request that you complete online application forms, our “securing your dream position” guide tells you how to match your skills and experience to the essential and desirable criteria requested.
Once you have made your investment in a CV that showcases your skills and strengths, you need an organised approach to getting your CV in front of the right person, especially for non-advertised positions, part of our “securing your dream position” guide covers how to do this effectively.