Is The CV Lifeless

Is The CV Lifeless


A polished CV may not be your candidate’s key to unlocking their dream role, according to new research by Korn Ferry’s Futurestep division.


The executive search and people management firm found that networking, rather than a paper-based run-through of work experience, was the most important part of the job search.


Though 51% of those surveyed said they read a candidate’s CV for less than five minutes, Peter Keresic Managing Consultant at Korn Ferry Futurestep, believes the CV still has a role to play.


“Résumés are not going away – they’re still an important part of the job search process. However, nothing gets a candidate ahead like networking. And networking today is a contact sport,” he said.


77% of respondents to Korn Ferry’s survey said that networking was the most important part of the job search with 16% responding that interviews were the most important part of the process. Having an active social and online presence was next at four per cent, whilst CVs were dead last. Just three per cent of those surveyed said these were the most important.


Although executives overwhelmingly responded that the role of the CV is diminishing, candidates can still lose out on a job if their CV contains typos or bad grammar. Ten per cent of those surveyed said they would disregard a candidate if they found misspelling or grammar usage slip-ups.

The take-away for recruiters is clear: for all the CV workshops candidates are forced to, and fine tooth-comb attention you pay to their resume, you must be complete in your approach. Encourage candidates to go to industry-relevant events, networking evenings and drill realistic interview scenarios.

Source: recruitmentgrapevine