More recruiters have stopped assessing candidates on their CVs – so how necessary are curricula vitae for jobseekers?
Many large recruiters prefer online applications to CVs. Can you really fit your career onto two sides of paper? Ernst & Young doesn’t think so, recently becoming the latest large organisation to stop assessing candidates based on CVs. And they are not alone.
With new technology, online applications and networking websites like LinkedIn, CVs are struggling to remain relevant in today’s job market. So, with all these new recruitment tools popping up, is the CV in danger of extinction?
CVs aren’t always accurate
One of the main issues with traditional CVs is that it’s difficult for employers to get a sense of a candidate’s personality. If recruiters are shortlisting candidates based on their CV alone, they might be missing out on someone who is a better cultural fit for the role.
Another problem is that CVs are often unverified, and can be exaggerated. Around a third of jobseekers embellish qualifications to land a role. And without checking people’s claims, selecting those with the best CV might not result in the best candidate for the job.
Times are changing
LinkedIn addresses the issue of verifiability by allowing users to include references on their profile, backing up their claims. As a result some companies are allowing applicants to submit their LinkedIn profile in lieu of a CV.
But there is a legal aspect to consider with social media. While LinkedIn profiles can convey a better idea of the candidate’s personality and the type of work environment they are suited to, making a hiring decision based on someone’s social media accounts could lead to greater discrimination.
There are a number of new ways candidates now apply for jobs – such as video CVs, websites, and on Twitter. Online job applications are also popular – especially among large companies. These often involve online tests, which allow employers to test the skills needed. The downside is that these applications can be time-consuming and may put applicants off applying.
The perfect … application form
The recruitment process has been transformed by technological advances over the last 10 years and this is only going to continue. While the CV is no longer the only way to apply for jobs, it is still usually necessary for the first stage of applicants. The majority of job websites request candidates upload a CV and cover letter as standard, and this seems unlikely to change anytime soon.
CVs are not outdated yet, but are evolving to become a part of a broader and more rigorous recruitment process. Taking on a new starter is expensive, meaning companies are investing in more resources to ensure they make the right decision.
New technology is also allowing job candidates to display their skills in more creative and engaging ways – but this is usually in addition to a CV. Any format in which a company receives an applicant’s professional information means little unless they can truly demonstrate their value to that organisation. Ultimately, it’s how convincingly you display this value – whether by CV or online applications – which will decide whether or not you get the job.
*Source taken from www.theguardian.com
Steve Girdler, Managing director for HireRight
careers blog for the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIR)