Selfie generation afraid of writing CVs

Millennials may be accustomed to posting selfies online, but they feel intimidated when it comes to writing about themselves in a CV.

That is according to new research from Lifeskills created by Barclays. The study revealed that while young people post on social media an average of eight times a day, they are frightened of promoting themselves professionally.

1,000 young people between the age of 14 and 25 were surveyed for the study. 60% said that they were intimidated by the prospect of writing a CV. 55% confessed to feeling so shy that they avoided working on the CV altogether.

47% said that the main reason for feeling intimidated was that they felt embarrassed by talking about themselves. 36% said that they were afraid because they didn’t know how to promote themselves without sounding boastful.

Kirstie Mackey is the Head of Lifeskills created by Barclays. She said: “In a competitive job market, it’s important to present yourself in the best possible way, and your CV is normally the first encounter with a potential employer.”

43% of the surveyed millennials said that they would rather promote themselves on a social media platform like LinkedIn than through a traditional CV. 51% said it was because social media platforms felt less formal.  30% said it was because it felt more like other social media channels.

The report comes after Steve Girdler, Managing Director at the background checks provider HireRight, asked if CVs are a thing of the past. He suggested that CVs may have become less important for modern jobseekers because they can now use LinkedIn instead.

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