Earlier this week I did something terrible. I decided to create a fake cv… from a fake candidate and post it on LinkedIn to see what reaction it would get.
I call it a social experiment… I’m sure some of the people who wrote provocative comments and privately messaged me with their thoughts might feel cheated and angry… to them I am sorry… wait a minute I’m not sorry at all!
In 3 days the fake cv has enjoyed over 4000 views… 190 likes and 123 comments. You can read all of the comments yourself if you go to my LinkedIn Profile (Craig Watson) and check out the recent activity… for some reason I can’t get the hyperlink to work to get you there in one click… sorry
The question I have is what value is there in a cv? (Don’t forget I recruit recruiters). I mean every recruiter has a LinkedIn profile. I can verify that against the people I know in my network. If I want an idea of their personality I can head on over to Facebook… or Twitter… or Instagram (don’t pretend you haven’t done it). It paints a far better picture of a potential candidate than a couple of pages of drivel.
So… what started as a social experiment to find out what my LinkedIn network thought of a fake cv… quickly became a display of the passion many of you feel on the subject.
For the record 71% of the comments were negative, 11% neutral and 18% positive.
Comments came from all walks of life… recruiters… professionals… jobseekers. What struck me though were the difference in views based on culture, location, gender and age.
The cv/resume/work statement… call it what you will… is probably the most misunderstood document in the world.
Do we include a photo? How long? Does work history or education go first? Do we include referee details? Do we amend it for each role we apply for? What tone & language should we use? Let’s face it… the CEO of Yahoo can keep their cv done to 1 solitary page… why are ours sometimes 6… 10 even?
And now we have video cv’s… how are candidates supposed to perform with a camera in their face and a microphone under their nose unless they are Jimmy Fallon? It is really taking candidates out of their comfort zone and creates an absolutely false impression.
But back to the cv… If I could I would get rid of them altogether. I can… and do find out more about my candidates from their social footprint… certainly enough to work out whether I should interview or not.
CV is Dead. Thoughts?