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Death of the CV?
CVs no longer required due to Social Media
fintancostello




msg:4063466
 11:23 am on Jan 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

I will be shortly recruiting for a new Social Media position on my team and have just had a very lively debate with our HR department about CVs.

As far as I'm concerned I don't want to see a CV, what I'd like to see is an applicants facebook / twitter / blog / LinkedIn / forum usernames instead. Also, to prove they can write I'd also like a 300 word summary as to why they are the right person for the job.

As you can imagine this isn't exactly the normal recruitment procedure, however I believe for this role it is the correct one.

I'd like peoples opinions, am I right to ignore CVs?

Would you get a job if a recruiter looked at your profiles / accounts on social networks?

 

spadilla




msg:4064062
 7:33 am on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

I think you are far more forward thinking than the average HR dept. even for such a position. I personally think you are right on with regard to wanting to see these things. If a person applying for a job in social media hasn't taken the time to fully make the most use of the social networks themself, there is no chance that I would hire them.

pageoneresults




msg:4064103
 9:30 am on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'd like peoples opinions, am I right to ignore CVs?

This would all be relative to the job responsibilities. CVs are somewhat antiquated these days depending on the target audience. In some instances, a CV may be a First/Last Name TLD. A Blog. Etc.

If the position is for a Social Media responsibility, of course current Profiles will be reviewed and utilized to determine eligibility. You can call it Social Media Profiling (SMP). ;)

Would you get a job if a recruiter looked at your profiles / accounts on social networks?

Would I? I'm certain I would but, it would have to be someone very special. ;)

LifeinAsia




msg:4064338
 4:37 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'd also like a 300 word summary as to why they are the right person for the job.

Since it's a social media position, give it to the person who can do it in 140 characters! :)

But seriously... Just because someone has great FB/MS profiles doesn't mean that they can apply that to a business setting. I wouldn't completely ignore CVs- consider them in combination with SMPs.

Syzygy




msg:4064350
 5:01 pm on Jan 20, 2010 (gmt 0)

As far as I'm concerned I don't want to see a CV, what I'd like to see is an applicants facebook / twitter / blog / LinkedIn / forum usernames instead.

Apart from what I share on LinkedIn, everything else belongs to my private life and neither you, nor anyone else is getting access to that information unless I explicitly invite you into my world! See my forum activity - what, on my 2nd favourite site, spankme.com as well as WebmasterWorld? You got to be joking?

Sorry, not interested in your job or your company if you require such unfettered and unprecedented access to my personal life BEFORE you employ me!

Syzygy

rogerd




msg:4064989
 1:37 pm on Jan 21, 2010 (gmt 0)

I think CVs/resumes are still useful for efficiency reasons. In a few seconds I can scan a resume and make an initial determination of "Candidate," "No Chance," and, "Maybe." When you get a few hundred applicants for a position, researching them online would incredibly time-consuming. I'd reserve online research for the small number that survive the resume screening. That would likely take at least several minutes per individual and perhaps much longer if they had significant online presence.

fintancostello




msg:4067215
 12:29 pm on Jan 25, 2010 (gmt 0)

Interesting responses from everyone, so quick replies:

@ PageOneResulsts - I like the ring to social media profiling :)

@ Syzygy - Everything you do on the internet is already public,don't be fooled into believing its private.

@Rogerd - I will be looking at CVs eventually, however I believe my way quickly shows those who can walk the walk :)

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