Say Goodbye To CVs

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At the end of 2018, the Guardian boldly claimed that “The résumé is dead,” (See here) but does that mean that CV’s will become a thing of the past?

Over the past five years, there has been a surge in the number of companies moving away from using traditional CV only recruitment methods and instead using combinations of CV’s with digital technology, data science analytics, job-specific application forms, pre-recorded video CV’s, online/physical portfolios, or online tests.

Candidates are being forced to become experts not only in their preferred profession but also in presenting their value via a number of different mediums. No longer is it enough to be great at writing your CV!! Now you need to be a social media expert to create an optimised LinkedIn profile AND film a video AND convey the messaging on your CV correctly in an application form. They then have to make sure that the recruiter they are using is presenting this information to prospective employers in the right way.

Meanwhile, companies are creating more and more ways of managing the ever-increasing amount of information available about potential hires and trying to reduce the volume of CV’s sent to them by over-eager recruitment agents.

“The world is slowly moving away from the CV,” is the opinion of Ollie Whiting, Director of La Fosse’s Permanent and Regional Recruitment Division (See here). “Times have certainly changed from ten years ago when it was only CVs. Now, there are more innovative ways to present someone’s experience, skills, behaviors and attributes. Some digital sectors, such as tech start-ups, which are often fast-paced and high growth, are not too particular about a CV.”

“Personally, I like a dual approach: a CV and a video link or voice recording of the individual talking through their achievements. That really brings it to life, and almost removes the first-round introductory interview. I think that’s where the world is headed in terms of application processes.”

According to Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, your CV and LinkedIn profile are two separate, but complementary entities which serve different purposes (See here).

“If you register with a recruiter or apply for a job, your CV will be viewed first,” he explains. “This document gives the recruiter a factual and chronological snapshot of your skills and experience and explains why you are both interested in and suitable for this job specifically. It provides the background knowledge a recruiter needs to determine if you have the skills and experience required for a particular role.”

“Based on the information conveyed in your CV, the recruiter will form an opinion of your fit for the role. In most cases, they will then search for you on LinkedIn to learn more and see evidence of your work. You’ll then either be invited in for an interview or will not make the shortlist.”

And herein is the biggest problem with your CV, no matter how much time you spend crafting an exacting representation of your career you will ultimately be relying on a recruitment agent (who may not be an expert in your field) to relay the relevant information to prospective employers in a manner that makes them employ you.


Jay Ludgrove

GLProUK, Managing Director

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