Research says traditional CV still has value.


CVs are still an important part of the job search according to research from CV-Library. Despite an increasing amount of job hunters creating quirky CVs and reaching out to employers with attention-grabbing antics a massive 98.5 per cent of recruiters believe that traditional CVs still hold an important place in today’s recruitment process, with a further 75.5 per cent stating that they do not believe that quirky CVs will become common practice in the UK.

The research, which was conducted amongst over 900 recruitment professionals by the UK’s leading independent job site, CV-Library revealed that despite a staggering 84.2 per cent of recruiters believing that CVs will still be relevant in ten years’ time, almost two thirds (61.9 per cent) believe that professional networking sites will be more important than the traditional CV in the future.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library says: “The recruitment industry is constantly evolving, with increasing numbers of job hunters pulling out all the stops to attract attention from recruiters and employers. Over the past year we have seen some of the quirkier stunts hit the headlines, such as the candidate who put their CV on a chocolate bar, and job hunter who rapped their CV to prospective employers. But while these are memorable, they’re not always entirely practical and it’s important that we continue to promote the value of the traditional CV to UK workers.”

Interestingly, the research also found that almost three quarters (73.9 per cent) of recruiters believe that candidates should still list basic skills, such as Microsoft Office, on their CV. Despite this, a further 74.9 per cent believe that employers are becoming more interested in broader experience and niche qualifications, than basic business skills.

Biggins comments: “Our research shows that businesses find the traditional approach to be most important, and this is not entirely unsurprising. While some employers now place more importance on broader experience and niche skills, it’s important that job hunters are reminded that they should shout about their soft skills, and highlight transferable qualities that they can apply to the role in question. It’s widely-acknowledged that only the best CVs make the cut, so it’s important that they contain only the most relevant, enticing information for employers.”

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