CVs have for a long time provided the shop window for a candidate that helps recruiters decide if it’s worth going inside or not. But these days, we rely on far more on the humble CV before we decide to take an application much further. So what other methods are being relied upon other than, or as well as the humble CV?
Many companies find that CVs don’t go far enough to tell them about the applicant. Also, with lots of candidates to sift through, online screening can be a way to whittle down and refine the results. It allows employers to personalise their application process to make it tailored to the company, its values and the type of role being filled. Candidates often express their frustration at having to fill out all the information that is included on their CV into an online form, then having to attach a CV also. So should companies opt for a more streamlined and simplified approach by choosing one or the other? Application forms are usually a lot more pages than the usual CV, so it’s easy to see why they’re opted for in the attempt to gain more detailed information on the candidate.
There are industries where a CV is basically useless without a portfolio or example of work to go with it. However, a recent study by Kloodle revealed that 42% of students are ready to use more current techniques to present their skills. With the dawn of infographic CVs, video CVs and a range of other creative platforms that are ideal for this sort of thing (such as Prezi), young people often opt for these types of resume to help them get the edge over other applicants. Digital CVs will obviously be a lot more suited to certain industries, with the creative industries being the first to champion them so far. Other industries will continue to favour the traditional CV, but encouraging candidates to push the boundaries and be creative where appropriate, seems like a positive step.
Online portfolios have made it more accessible than ever for employers to see the range of work candidates have produced. In some cases, examples of work is all employers are interested in, in which case an online portfolio is a great replacement for the CV and really allow the skills the candidate possess to be showcased. It also demonstrates that candidates with a good portfolio have gone the extra mile and taken steps to prepare themselves for their next role.
So while there are several alternatives to the CV that are being used more frequently, the traditional CV is far from in danger of being ditched.