Preparing your CV / Cover Letter

Your CV should be 1 page

When applying to recruitment agencies, your CV should be simple, short, and concise. It should ideally be 1 page or 2 pages at the longest. The reason why your CV needs to be short is that recruiters are very busy people. Recruiters see hundreds of CVs every week and studies suggest recruiters only spend 6 seconds per CV.

As such, it is important that your background and experience gets conveyed to the recruiter quickly. To do this your CV must be:

  • 1 page in length
  • Use a basic template, fonts… avoid fancy CVs
  • Exclude any irreverent experiences / content

What contents should my CV have?

Recruitment is a sales job and CV you create must highlight your capacity to function in a performance-oriented and competitive environment. We recommend you to include the below contents:

  • Contact information – Name, Phone number, email, and your address
  • Summary – a paragraph about why you want to become a recruitment consultant and why you believe you would be a good recruiter
  • Experience – add relevant experiences, ideally related to sales. If you have not worked a sales job and have worked in roles like English teaching, you should write a sentence on a sales element of that job. For instance, as an English teacher, you may have had to convince new prospects to become students
  • Education – include your school, location, degree, and starting/graduation dates. Add relevant course work if you have taken a course related to sales, HR, or recruitment. Otherwise, do not put relevant course work.
  • Awards and achievements – you can include awards and achievements that you have received during university. We do not recommend you to put any awards and achievements you had in high school or before.
  • Skills and languages – your skills is helpful to add, but your language abilities are a must. Include your Japanese and English proficiency and attach any certification like JLPT that you may have taken. Even if you don’t speak good Japanese, it is mandatory for you to put your Japanese proficiency.
  • *References – do you have anyone that could provide references for you? If yes, you can put your references here. Otherwise, you can leave this section empty. It is always a good practice when you are interviewing to talk to your prior work or professors for a reference, as some companies may ask you.

How do I write a summary?

A summary is an important part of your resume where the recruiter would be reading to see your motivation for going into recruitment and why you would potentially be a good recruiter. As such, it is important to take your time with the summary. Refer to the below list for some tips:

  • Your summary should only be 1 paragraph
  • Start with a 1 sentence summary of your background.
  • Write about why you would want a career in sales/recruitment…eg. “I want to become a recruitment consultant because I’m a competitive person that performs well in a performance-driven environment that rewards good results with fast-tracked career progression and strong financial earning. Furthermore, the network you develop and the persuasion/sales skills you learn would be important aspects in further developing my career in recruitment and any other ventures in the future.”
  • Write about why you think you would be a good sales/recruitment consultant. Talk about things like prior experience in sales, competitiveness, your ability to keep relations with people, etc.

A CV template for you to use

Below is an example of a simple CV. You can make a copy of the resume and modify it as you wish.

LinkedIn Profile is as important as your CV

When you apply to a company your profile is often shared between teams, directors, managers, and consultants. Likely 4-5 diffrent people will see your profile before an offer is extended. When your profile is shared, many people prefer to share your LinkedIn profile instead of your CV.

Furthermore, LinkedIn is the goto platform for networking and sourcing, which means having a strong presense on LinkedIn is one of the key skills in becoming a good recruiter. As such, having a strong LinkedIn profile is important as well. So how do you make a strong LinkedIn profile?

  • Add a profile picture… one that looks professional or semi-professional!
  • Add all your part-time jobs, internships, and your school
  • Copy and paste your summary that you wrote for your resume into your profile introduction for LinkedIn
  • Add your language ability… your Japanese and English proficiency is a must