‘Please bring along an updated copy of your resume.’ We’ve heard it hundreds of times. As employers, you’ve probably reviewed countless CVs; but when it comes to the interview stage, how helpful did the resume really turn out to be?
Firstly, most applicants are likely to keep making additions to the same old CV. Did you really need to know about their sporting achievements in college when the role is within the accounts department? Probably not.
Hiring managers do need some form of incoming information that allows them to assess potential candidates. But the idea that this is done via two sides of A4 seems pretty outdated, not to mention that there’s no guarantee the information on said piece of paper is even factual.
In an effort to end recruiters’ reliance on traditional resumes while gaining an overview of an applicant’s capabilities, digital CVs and online portfolios are making the rounds for offering the best solution for both the hiring manager and the job seeker.
Resumes Aren’t Always 100% Truthful…
…in fact, far from it!
If an applicant only has a short window of opportunity to grab the attention of a hiring manager, it’s likely that they will have sprinkled a few untruths throughout their CV. As an employer, have you ever come across an applicant who seems just too good to be true? There are high chances that they might be, especially if their CV appears to be littered with bold (yet unverified) statements and achievements. We’ve found that 53% of CVs contain falsifications, which is a worrying figure for employers who solely rely on the good faith of applicants during the hiring process.
Ultimately, when the skills in real life don’t match up with the skills listed on the CV this results in huge costs and lost productivity for employers who need to start back at square one and look for someone else who is legitimately qualified for the role.
Finding the Right Fit
A CV also makes it really difficult to gauge the applicant’s personality and if they will be a good fit for the team overall. If recruiters only use a resume in order to make their shortlist, they could be missing out on a stellar candidate who is a much better fit, but perhaps looks less ‘impressive’ on paper.
Moving Into the Digital Era
So what are employers to do?
One of the best solutions is to turn to digital CVs – particularly those which allow verifiable elements to be added. This can include references, verified credentials and the opportunity for the applicant to showcase their experience as well as their personality.
This new technology enables candidates to display their career history in an engaging yet professional way that allow employers to see all of the information they need at a glance.
The Recipe for Hiring Success
The recruitment sector is calling for major reforms, especially in industries or geographies that rely on sourcing talent from all over the world. With this in mind, skill-based interviews, verifiable digital CVs and background verification are the best combinations for ensuring your next hire is fully qualified and can apply their expertise within the company.