Does anyone else out there find the CV process completely false and at times unfair?
I dread to think how many opportunities where I have been overlooked and amazing people I may have overlooked because their CV didn’t correspond to set criteria. I hold my hands up here, I have had numerous CV’s that I have ignored because of spelling mistakes, enormous blocks of text, there’s too much or not enough information.
A point a colleague made to me recently was that “a CV is a noose to hang yourself with.” and it is a great point because that is exactly what I have done to people. I have made snap judgements on a historical written document that may bear no reflection to the person writing it or what they are really capable of achieving.
Why do you need a CV? The recruitment black market of course…
When you take a step back your CV is a traded commodity and an entire recruitment industry is built on it. Much like the floor of stock exchanges your experience and skill turn you into a tradable asset. Recruitment agents have built companies on the fact that filtering out the truth from the lies is difficult and costly.
I am not slamming recruitment agents here as they offer a vital service in doing the leg work in a field of thousands to find what you want as an employer. Recruitment agents have spent the time building the relationships of their clients, understanding their needs and delivering.
But, It’s all based on warped truth that aids those with a silver tongue…
What I wish to slam is that the market is false from day one. CV’s are adapted to fit specific job roles, industry skill sets and industry buzzwords.
How many times have you heard on the phone or via an email with the sentence “your CV has matched some of our key search criteria for a role I am hiring for…”.
To which I immediately think “well of course it should, I tailored it to meet your criteria to get the call in the first place.”.
I have had a ridiculous number of CV’s adapted to a role and as long as I can back them up in the interview you will often win unless you drop the ball.
The current method is completely unfair on those that get nervous in pressured environments or are not great scribes. This does not mean they do not have value to add or wouldn’t be fantastic in a role. They just didn’t get through the door.
How do we change for the better?
I don’t have the answers this is merely me venting on the unfairness of this harsh black market. In fact it is especially harsh to those just starting out and merely want to get through the door any way they can so change who they are.
We are constantly learning and new tool sets such as LinkedIn do help in communicating to a new wider audience. It promotes people to comment, post blogs, put out opinions and most importantly helps them become noticed.
I do believe we need a filter but there has to be a better way. Open days, visits, engaging with schools and universities. I am open to suggestions.
While we live in a world where there is fear in candidates that “I need to be exactly what the employer has stated” we will struggle to see a person for who they are and what they can offer.
Sometimes a trip down the pub and a quick beer to talk about someones passion and plans is worth a thousand CV’s. Yes I am well aware that would be difficult and HR would have a fit but it’s nice to dream (wouldn’t be great for the liver either so maybe flip it between the pub and a coffee shop, you get the point).
Time to be bold…
So, as of today 19th June 2015 I no longer have a CV and I won’t lie I’m scared, I am relying on “fortune favours the bold”.
We live in a connected ever-changing world and I am learning something new everyday. I have a blog, I keep LinkedIn up to date, I am active in my professional community and last of all you can Google me.
I have no doubt that this will cost me a job or two, I may never work again!
This is for those incredible people out there who I may have overlooked for some pointless reason in their CV, for that I am truly sorry and I hope you are doing well.