As we all – hopefully – agree by now, employer brands and talent communities don’t exist, engagement is defined by the candidate and experience is about the candidates’ problems instead of the recruiters’.
Now that we have clarified this, let’s have a look at the newest darling of social recruiting events: The death of the CV (often also referred to as The Future of the CV). It’s the newest member in the death/future series including recruitment agencies, recruitment ad agencies, job boards, ATS,… and these examples show us that we are not talking so much about death, but about rebirth, about adapting to new realities.
Years ago, when I first sent out a CV to a potential employer, it was common place to include exhibits of work you had produced (which also spurred us on to get work experience and internships during school and university times), references and recommendations you had received, as well as proof of qualifications. The CV itself was more like an executive summary of your life, giving context to the application and the exhibits.
These days, luckily, people can just include links, which makes it easier to fill a CV with life and makes it more convenient for the recruiter to check out the claims and the person. Soon the common CV might be an aggregated piece of publicly available information (and Mark Schaefer outlines the importance of blogging for Job hunters very nicely in his article “7 reasons every job-seeker needs to blog”), soon it might include video footage, soon it might not be hosted in a word document, soon it might include learnings from underlying data analysis and comparison, soon it might be updated automatically, but it will still be an executive summary of a person’s life, which will still have a similar structure to the ‘traditional’ CV. After all Curriculum Vitae “can be loosely translated as [the] course of [my] life”. Of course, if our perception of a linear timeline changes, then the traditional course of life transcript might not work anymore.
As we all know, some executive summaries are better written than others, some are based on more information and knowledge than others, some are more inspirational, outlining the future and the argument more clearly than others. But they are all still executive summaries.
The CV won’t die, but it will change, and instead of a CV we might call it a profile, but all in all it will still be the executive summary of a person’s life, describing the course of a person’s life, with embedded exhibits of past experiences. And most importantly, the final product, before submission, still will need sign-off by the person whose name is on the CV and an approved way to contact and communicate with the person.