Has the age of the CV come to an end?
Trying to squeeze a lifetime of experience onto just two sides of paper may become a thing of the past.
In a world where some of the best jobs are snatched up with new tech, tailored online applications, networking sites like LinkedIn, and even TikTok, traditional CVs are now contesting with more-and-more creative methods of bagging that top spot.
As the job market becomes more competitive and people continue to add additional strings to their bow- can CVs really do us justice anymore?
CVs don’t tell the full story
A traditional CV is limited by its two pages and it’s difficult to get a full picture of a candidate from that information. It’s very rare to see at first glance whether that person is going to be a good culture fit for your company, and many excellent recruits might be let down by their CV.
Also, CVs aren’t always trustworthy. According to the UK Higher Education Degree Datacheck (HEDD) around a third of graduates or job seekers embellish or falsify their qualifications in order to land a role.
With networking sites such as LinkedIn becoming increasingly popular, there are more reliable and practical ways to apply for a job or to find the right candidate.
What’s more important: Experience or skills?
CVs tend to lean towards presenting a chronological employment history and this is likely to highlight experience over skills. For recruiters wanting to source the best person for the job it pays off to look at someone’s skills and ability, rather than look at how long they’ve been on the careers ladder.
For many sectors a CV doesn’t quite cut it, so many top-employers look to online applications and aptitude tests to ensure that you have the best skills for the job and are the right cultural fit. You’ll also find that websites such as LinkedIn have testing functions so you can verify your skills and knowledge in an easily accessible format to prospective employers.
Admittedly, the CV isn’t dead but it is part of a much broader and more diligent recruitment process. In the modern age, if you want to be in a position where you are talent scouted and persuaded to apply for a position you’d better make sure you have a pretty solid digital footprint.
So I can hang on to my CV then?
CVs aren’t quite obsolete, but new technology is allowing candidates to display their abilities in more effective and creative ways. These extra shows of skill go coupled hand-in-hand with a CV to create a strong and robust candidate that is able to succeed in our extremely competitive job market.
What you want from your CV, or however you offer out your professional information, is a display of your demonstrable skills and the value you would add to a company. It’s no use having a snappy LinkedIn page if your CV is in tatters but similarly you might find more-and-more that you need additional ammunition if you want to stand out from the crowd.