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Is Writing A CV Becoming A Thing Of The Past?

Published: Monday 6th July 2015

John Smiths CV on a desk with specs on top


These days, most companies make frequent use of the internet and require digital competency from all of their employees. Often, employers extend this digital way of doing business to their recruitment strategy, where digital processes lead to less errors and inaccuracies.

With online networking tools like LinkedIn, social media and job boards, invading the recruitment process, you may think that traditional CVs are slowly becoming a thing of the past. Though it may seem that paper and on-screen CVs don’t add much to your online presence, there are situations in which the traditional format can still offer benefits to your job search.

What Do Traditional CVs Have To Offer?


Your CV Is Flexible

A CV that you either send in the post or attach to an email can be changed and amended to suit the role or the company you’re applying to. This makes it possible for you to change the focus of your CV, in order to attract recruiters or employers to the skills and experience that will be most relevant to them. Ensuring that your CV is available in a range of formats means that it can be effective in different recruitment situations. When you’re emailing your CV directly to a recruiter, the design and readability of the document are very important. But when you’re uploading your CV on to job boards, you will have to focus more on applying relevant keywords.

Your CV Can Help You Stand Out

Unlike social media networking templates, creating your own CV provides you with the freedom of design and an opportunity to turn your CV into a document that reflects your skills, as well as your personality. The way your CV is designed or formatted can play a large part in a recruiter or employer’s decision to invite you for an interview, particularly if you’re applying to a creative role.

Your CV Can Guide Your Interview

A CV can be a really good ‘interview guide’, creating a natural flow in which to discuss your prior education and work experience and providing a basic structure for the meeting. Your CV should focus on the experience you are most excited talking about, so that you can ensure you will have plenty of opportunity to discuss what you feel are your best professional achievements and your most relevant skills.

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