Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment Consultants have been at the forefront of online legal recruitment for over 15 years. We have used a range of technologies whilst recruiting, and this has included a number of pieces of software that have stood the test of time.
Whilst Adobe Acrobat Reader is a great piece of free software with a load of premium add ons, it is not one we recommend. The link to the .pdf file reader (pdf stands for Portable Document Format) is above or below. Adobe Acrobat is the full version but the Reader is good for a number of tasks – you can copy text out of it for example.
It enables you to read downloaded files, especially important for government publications, case decisions, legislation, green and white papers, and on-line forms from Companies House etc.. We really do not like this software but it is a commercial necessity, particularly the online option to pay for a conversion service for .pdf to .doc (very cheap). It seems to conflict with just about every other type of software on your PC and we get the impression that Adobe and Microsoft hate each other! Despite our efforts to encourage solicitors to send their CVs in Word document format, a lot still use .pdf – mainly because it looks so much more professional. However it presents a lot of problems to anyone who needs to manipulate the file in the way recruiters do which is why we do not recommend using it – our recruiters have to spend ages converting your CV, which can be a bit of a nightmare..