Laura offered tips for putting together a solid CV for a recruiter from her experience running Altitude Recruitment (@altitudetweet).

Objectives

Be clear about what you want to achieve. Select your potential clients and target them with a personal application; talk about how your work and skills would enhance their service.

Only approach a few at a time, so that you can keep track of the responses.

Structure

Organise your CV chronologically. If you’re CV is skill based then it looks like you have something to hide.

Two pages is best, but this isn’t fixed. As long as it’s all relevant, it’ll be fine.

Include a Work/Experience section. This should list:

  • Your employer’s name, your position, some detail about the work they do.
  • Your responsibilities, e.g. planning, analysis, design, implementation, testing.
  • The architecture; systems and software.
  • Whether the projects were completed on time and to budget.
  • Any staff you managed (if relevant).
  • New techniques, procedures and practices you brought.
  • How you reduced time and money/increased revenue.
  • Any achievements that benefitted your employer.

You should include acronyms where appropriate. Some recruiters search CVs with keywords.

Your Portfolio section:

  • Sould include a link to a professional-looking portfolio site.
    • if you can’t build your own, take a look at: Behance Network, Coroflot, Carbonmade, WordPress).
    • or enlist the help of another freelancer to build it!
    • Keep your site professional- any personal stuff will be read and may give a bad impression.
    • Keep it up to date.
    • Give some cursory thought to SEO- work may come your way via your online portfoilio.
  • Ensure you have client approval for anything you present (don’t fall foul of an NDA).
  • Give information about how you work- timesheets, billing arrangement, etc. to give people a rounded view of your service.
  • Six Revisions has some good information.

Include a references and testimonials section. You should request content for this from your satisfied clients- it’s invaluable on your CV.

General Tips

No point including a personal statement on a CV for a recruiter. Possibly on a CV for a full-time job, if you have something ground-breaking to convey!

It isn’t worth including a personal photograph. These tend to be binned.

Don’t forget your name/address/email/telephone number… (Sounds obvious, but apparently isn’t!)

Working with a Recruiter

Be open about who you’ve approached already and ask who your details will be passed on to.

Feel welcome to ask advice on your presentation / cv / interview technique.

Expect to negotiate your fee.

Make sure you invoice and send your timesheets in good time. In return, the recruiter will look after payments and do chasing if required.

References

@lauramaddison

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