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CVs Extinct in 5 Years?

by Alison Adkins
Date: May 2017

Could CVs be extinct in 5 years?

We all know how the traditional hiring method works. A job is advertised, a candidate spots and reads said advert, uploads their CV and cover letter, and then the recruiter reads the application, and invites the candidate for interview if they seem a good match.

However, it's a disheartening experience for the candidate if they apply for multiple vacancies and then receive no constructive feedback. This is the process that Charlie Taylor, Founder of a careers app named Debut, aims to change. He believes he has discovered a more effective and reliable way for candidates to showcase themselves to potential employers.

The first step is ousting the CV. It has been questioned by many for a while now about how much value a CV actually holds. Charlie Taylor explains: "It's a bit of a cliché, but CVs are part of an analogue, restricted world. And the world we're living in is a digital, unlimited one. I think the CV is one part of that industry that is still left behind that we're trying to modernise."

CVs have certainly come a long way since the plain, 2-page maximum document that I remember being taught to write back in school (too many years ago than I wish to admit). Recruiters are fed up of seeing the same, tired expressions within personal profiles, but there is that fine line between standing out and looking unprofessional.

In fact, almost half (48%) of UK workers have revealed that they feel unable to write a stand out CV. with an additional 12% admitting that they've told some white lies to increase their chances of winning an interview.

So with that in mind, perhaps the real problem is that the support simply isn't around to help future and existing candidates write a CV with the 'wow factor'?

At Swindale Parks, we work with our candidates to ensure the contents of their CV are optimised for the role they're applying for before we forward it onto the client. Sales, Marketing & Creative recruitment is what we do, in fact it's what we've been doing since 1991, helping candidates and companies improve their future prospects, offering recruitment solutions designed to suit individual needs.

So, if you need assistance with finding your next role in the Sales, Marketing or Creative world, and/or require help writing a CV that will help you stand out from the crowd, then give us a call on 0121 585 6079 or email a.adkins@swindaleparks.co.uk to find out how we can help.

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