Sorry. Apparently the CV is dead. SmartRecruiters told us so in their recent blog.
So what am I to do with all these digital professionals, with their twitter accounts, open Facebook profiles, Foursquare check ins, Instagram snaps, LinkedIn profiles and occasional blogs; who really bummed out when they merely sent me their CV?
I shall of course write back to them and tell that they very well may be at the cutting edge of content design, marketing and communications expertise; however sadly, their CV; no matter how beautifully presented, crafted and rich with incisive and individual content around their achievements, employment, links, examples of their work and suitability for this particular role; unfortunately, is dead. An online recruitment transaction portal provider said so.
No, no. I can hear you all, my clients – companies at the heart of innovation and expertise in content delivery and marketing – who asked me to provide a shortlist of great CVs just a couple of days ago. Sorry. You’re getting online profiles. I’ll just send you an email, with a few links for each candidate. The CV is dead, you see.
Apparently we shouldn’t mourn this. Time moves on, and apparently it’s all the rage to not ask for CVs. I mean look at the Heineken ad, the blogger tells us. Good point. I’ll ask my client – the growing digital agency with 7 staff, that we should abandon the CV and interview process immediately, and hire out Wembley. It’s the norm now.
Sorry about this, CVs are dead, and interviews are old hat.
Deal with it.
P.S. They’re not.
P.P.S. I can send you a raft of brilliantly crafted CVs as a point of entry to online profiles and work examples, LinkedIn recommendations, AND they fit on your database, AND we can get a feel for the presentation, creative feel, content prioritization and spelling of the person.
P.P.P.S. …Cancel the funeral.