Job sites are preparing for the death of the CV, it has been revealed today.
Specialist job site, Simply Law, has announced that their site has been completely restructured to accommodate candidate profiles in preparation for the decline of the traditional CV.
The candidate profiles aim to provide a rich, up-to-date insight into a jobseeker’s capabilities, while also allowing for a greater deal of personality. Unlike a digital CV which is static, a candidate profile can constantly be revised to remain current and fresh.
CVs have been a staple of the recruitment process for many decades, but in a fast moving digital world, it’s suggested that they are becoming less suited to today’s world.
Over the last few years, it has become increasingly important for employers to hire candidates who ‘fit in’ on all levels, from a skill set match to alignment with the company culture.
Prior to the internet, employers would have to take CVs at face value, as there was little way of discovering more information about the candidate before the interview stage. Nowadays, the majority of jobseekers have left a digital footprint, typically through social media, which employers can use to screen candidates before the recruitment process continues. A digital footprint can often be a lot more compelling than a carefully constructed CV which a jobseeker has provided.
CVs are also fading in popularity as employers have become wise to the fact that hiring on the basis of qualifications alone doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting the right person for the job. There’s an old saying that you ‘hire for attitude and train for skill.’
Simply Law Director, Dave Capper, said, “For a long time, we’ve witnessed the CV play a decreasing role in the recruitment process and we have restructured our job site to reflect that. We know that the CV isn’t going to die overnight, because there will always be hiring managers who use them out of habit of familiarity, but times are changing and if you don’t move with them, you get left behind.”
“For a long time, we’ve witnessed the CV play a decreasing role in the recruitment process and we have restructured our job site to reflect that.”
Capper continued, “We’ve always worked to the motto, we’re stubborn on the vision but flexible on the detail. No matter where we are in history, the end goal will always be for employers to hire the brightest talent; how they achieve that has already changed over the last few decades, and it will continue to keep changing. The most important thing that we can do is to evolve with it so our site caters to the demands of the market.”
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