I remember when I first started working in recruitment I would sometimes ask a question to a candidate who I was qualifying for a role to be given the response: “IT IS ON MY CV!”.
This response was usually down to candidates’ frustrations that recruitment agents had not read their CV and/or were asking stupid questions. 16 years later, I still ask candidates a lot of questions regarding their profile and experience in order to carefully vet them for my client shortlist.
Some of the answers to these questions will be written on your CV, some not. In our new digital world, we have various platforms which are changing the face of recruitment and job seeking. I am a big believer in innovation. Video conferencing, employment related challenges and some digital platforms can enhance and improve the speed and quality of hire. This is a good thing in the war for talent.
I am not worried about these platforms replacing recruitment agencies, not one of these platforms are a “silver bullet” solution. In order to attract the best talent and vet them accordingly there is still a place for recruitment agencies. Some agencies will not adapt and will struggle, others will flourish.
However, our old friend the CV is NOT redundant, let me tell you why:
- The CV has been around since the days of Leonardo da Vinci. He hand wrote a letter with his list of capabilities in 1482 and sent it to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan. It is not going to disappear quickly.
- Recruitment strategies of organisations are not universal. This means that with evolving strategies and different pace of change the CV is still relevant.
- Change takes a long time. It will take some organisations a long time to embrace new technologies, approaches to hiring, etc. The CV is an established part of the recruitment process. I am not saying that this is a perfect tool. However, it is around for a while to come.
- People need evidence, something to rely on. A well written CV provides this.
- Speed and filtering: Companies need a quick way of filtering candidates. For example, looking at a CV to get to a shortlist of candidates is quicker than watching the videos of 150 applicants.
- Hiring is an expensive operation if you hire the wrong person. Written documentation such as CV’s, certifications and references provide evidence which de-risk this process somewhat. CV’s are not the panacea of all things but still very useful.
My advice to job seekers is to have a “winning CV” here is a link to a blog with this title.