Getting Prepared for When a Headhunter Calls
When you receive a call from a recruiter to discuss your interest in a new career opportunity, be aware that the reason for the call is also to assess your suitability for it.
While the discussion that you have with the Consultant on the telephone is extremely important, your CV will be asked for. This document is your calling card, it defines who you are to an Executive Search Consultant. Set it out clearly and coherently.
Points for well thought CV then read on.
Generally, a professional CV has the following structure:
- Personal Particulars (Name, Address, Email, Tel.): For some countries the photograph is also included in the top section. In addition the marital status and date of birth is often mentioned in Europe and Asia.
- Professional Experience: Usually the company name, dates, job title and short summary of the position and especially achievements is given.
- Educational Background: This includes tertiary education details and certificates/further professional qualifications
- Further Skills: This can include language and IT skills
- Interests: Short paragraph on your activities outside of work (e.g. hobbies, volunteering)
- References: Usually 2-3 references are mentioned (contact persons) of recent jobs or the educational field. They are mentioned together with either phone number or email address. It has to be made sure that the relevant person actually consents to act as a reference for your application.
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