Skip to content

Recruitment 101: Why CVs Aren’t Enough

ImageGone are the days when a tidy little curriculum vitae, prettily pulled together by the boys at the print shop, would cut the mustard on a job search. The myriad presence of job-specific employment applications and behaviour analytics tools is too temptingly useful to ignore. And, besides, too many job seekers fabricate the stuff they’re looking to peddle you anyway.

Here’s the five-point bulletin on why the up-for-the-job document isn’t really up for the job after all.

• In the 2.6 million background checks it undertook in 2001, the American business-outsourcing firm ADP discovered that 44% of applicants had lied about their work histories on their CVs, 41% had fibbed about their education, and 23% had applied a little fiction to their inventory of earned credentials and licenses. Truth-bending is especially rampant in a volatile economy. Stats demonstrate that its incidence increases the longer people have been unemployed.

• The notion of chasing down verification on the abundance of data a resume contains is too unwieldy and overwhelming to even consider. Candidates know that as well as you. If something smells fishy, it could well be. Prioritize your fishing trips according to how promising an applicant appears. Quick-hit behaviour analysis tests like Predictive Index, that wannabes could do on the spot, provide instant detailed insight.

• A mixed stack of resumes is as good as a bowl of fruit when it comes to evaluating them in context. Ideally, paper resumes should be enhanced with standardized employment applications that are specific to particular jobs. That way, your apples compare to apples.

• If employment aspirants are virtual books of data, their CVs are merely the cover. Don’t judge by them alone, however glossy. Because the guy with the fancy-pants, heavy-stock, multifont masterpiece may actually be inferior to his bare-bones-flimsy-Helvetica-heavy competition.

• An eye-tracking study conducted by an American job-matching service found that recruiters actually spend only six seconds, on average, surveying each resume that slips into their view. And on-line resumes aren’t the answer: the same research revealed that web-based profiles simply lure the eye to pretty pictures, and the most relevant data doesn’t leap off the screen as they might.  

%d bloggers like this: