In Word, and a PDF.
We absolutely love beautifully designed CV’s, but if you forward your CV to us as a PDF, please accompany this with a Word doc version as well.
This saves us, and you, time in the recruitment process.
While a Word doc version might not look as fancy, it’s the content that counts!
But here’s a few to start with:
1. Remove the word ‘I’ in your CV. Research shows that surprisingly, lots of sentences with ‘I did this’, ‘I do that’ etc. actually reduce a sense of authority. So instead is saying “I am an award-winning XYZ”, try “An award-winning XYZ”.
2. Quantify your CV. This is where your achievements can shine as quantifiable results. Did you manage a team? Say how big it was. Did you increase revenue? By how much? Did you reduce inefficiencies? By what percent? Tell us the results.
3. Tell us how you can help, and what you’re looking for next, in your personal summary. Personal summaries can be a great way to add a little personality yes, but they’re also the first thing on your CV that will “sell” you.
So, instead of writing what might sound like a long list of things you’re great at, tell us HOW that greatness can do some good! One way to think of this is answering an invisible question: “How can you help this company?” You also want to make it clear what you’re looking for e.g “….looking to progress into a Director-level role in a smaller, growing team where I can apply my proven skills in gaining over £100k in round 1 investment”.
Yes. As well as your CV, we will, as a legal requirement to our clients, ask for a copy of your passport. We'll only ask you for a copy of your passport if we shortlist your CV.
A copy of your passport can be a scan, or if you don’t have a scanner like most people, a clear photo of your passport photo page will work.
Unless you have a right to work in the UK (proof of this will be required) then we can’t accept applications from anyone who lives outside the UK.
As Hannelius Recruitment grows, we may very well open offices in other countries and with a geographically wider range of clients, but for now, our roles are for UK residents only, even if we’re very jealous that you’re working from somewhere tropical!
If we’ve shortlisted your CV to forward to our client for interview-consideration, you can expect to hear from us to find out more about you, and get to know you!
During this process, please let us know
- a) about upcoming dates when you won’t be available, and...
- b) if you're available to have an interview via web call while you're away.
Our clients are keen on finding the best quality talent, so if you stand out from the crowd, most companies can be flexible.
So please tell us about your unavailable dates.
If you’re pregnant, then many congratulations!
If you choose to share your news, that’s great and you will be embraced with nothing but positivity from our team!
But if you’d rather keep this news private (after all, it’s personal!) then that’s is absolutely fine - the choice is yours.
However, if you’d like to tell us so we can share this with our client, as you want to let us know about any expected and upcoming maternity leave, then we would, with your permission, share this information - but only with your permission.
But whatever you do, please DO apply for the role you’ve seen on our site! We value all talented candidates, at whatever life stage, and will do our upmost to support your job application and interview process!
Working for yourself is no mean feat.
Just ask our Founder Katariina Hannelius, or our Associate Talent Director, Betty Adamou who collectively have 20 years of self-employment experience under their belts!
And, just ask all the hundreds of freelancers working in Market Research and Insight!
Our glorious market research industry is full of talented freelancers, many of whom have supported the growth of so many famous companies that we know.
We think working for yourself is a great asset, and you should feel proud to shout about it! Let us know what your responsibilities have been during self-employment, with your achievements, as well as why you fancy a change.
For instance, do you miss working in a team? Or is your business not growing as much as you’d like, and need the financial stability that comes with full-time employment? Or have you been very successful, but it’s just time for a change?
There is no shame, whatever your reasons for change. Please be transparent with us, because your honest perspective will ultimately help us to help you as best we possibly can.
The global Market Research community is made up of people from many different ethnic backgrounds, ages, and genders - all specialising in their different methodologies, areas of research, and special niches. This is part of what makes our industry so exciting and rewarding to be in. And, many of the older market researchers we know and love are some of the most famous in our industry!
So if you’re an older candidate, it’s your experience, skill, and talent that matters to us, not your age. So please apply! It’s never too late to change things up, and learn new things, and never too late to share your wealth of experience with others in a new company!
CV reviewing is often a paid-for service, and while our team is highly skilled advisors in this area, this is not a service that we offer.
While this might change in the future, we have some recommendations in the meantime;
- Seek a mentor, and one willing to help you with things like CVs or interview preparation. The Women In Research (WIRe) group offers a mentorship scheme for women of all ages (www.womeninresearch.org)
- Read the plethora of articles online about great CV writing skills
- Read, and apply, our above few tips in Question 2.
- Ask a trusted person to check your CV for typing errors or anything else that doesn’t make sense. A fresh pair of eyes can be helpful.
We love to talk to people, so if you have a query, give us a call on 0203 701 8047 and we'll do our best to help!