Is the CV really dead?

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The death of the CV has been a hot topic for the last few years.


 So how critical is it really?


Can you get a job without one?

According to statistics, more than 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn at some point during the hiring process (to source candidates, receive applications, or evaluate potential candidates) and data from CareerBuilder’s 2017 study supports this, showing 70% of recruiters use social media to screen candidates.

So could your LinkedIn profile replace your CV?

According to LinkedIn’s marketing materials, a “hire is made every 10 seconds on LinkedIn.” But they don’t share if this is through LinkedIn’s application feature or through networking. What I am hearing from many of my clients is that even when they have used their network or LinkedIn profile to get a job, they are still asked for a copy of their CV at some point, usually so that it can be uploaded into the company Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

And according to Pete Radloff from a Recruiting Daily blog, the reports of the death of the CV have been greatly exaggerated.

However, new recruiting technology is changing how your CV is used in the hiring process and social media profiles are playing a larger role in the hiring process.

While social media profiles are not currently replacing the CV, it is possible that sometime in the future they will but there are still hurdles to get over primarily as a result of the ATS.

The majority of companies use an ATS to store and score CVs and with more than 95% of the Fortune 500 using applicant tracking systems, this is what is keeping your CV alive and well as they are not adapting to accept LinkedIn profile applications into their ATS.

At some point, technology will advance to the point that your CV is no longer required and the one which may have the biggest impact is blockchain. However, while it has the potential to be the most disruptive technology in the future of the hiring process, it still has a long way to go.


© Anne Galloway
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