CVs will be extinct in 5 years

The archetypal model of hiring looks something like this: candidate uploads CV and cover letter; the recruiter gets in touch about potential opportunities; and, hopefully, they land an interview.

However, once that interview is over, and if the candidate is unsuccessful, it can be disheartening – especially if there’s no constructive feedback.

It’s this exact process that Charlie Taylor, Founder of careers app Debut, aims to change. He believes there are more effective and reliable ways for candidates to showcase themselves to potential employers.

The first step, he explains, is ousting the CV.

"This conversation has been going on for 10 years, about how much value does a CV hold," he explained to Business Insider. "And my honest feeling is it's going. It's slow but it is going."

Debut matches recruiters with candidates and, according to Taylor, companies on the app that request a CV are in the minority. In fact, some firms joined Debut so they wouldn't have to deal with CVs. In as little as five years, the CV could be completely extinct.

Taylor explains: "It's a bit of a cliche, but CVs are part of an analogue, restricted world. And the world we're living in is a digital, unlimited one. I think the CV is one part of that industry that is still left behind that we're trying to modernise."

Instead, Debut is aiming to match candidates to hiring managers through a review system. For example, candidates are being interviewed by the apps clients, including Deutsche Bank, Rolls Royce, and Deloitte, and their skills are being logged.

With almost half (48.1%) of UK workers revealing that they cannot write a stand out CV, with an additional 12.5% admitting they’ve written a fib on their resumés to boost their chances, research from CV-Library found that this new method could help to eradicate the issues of both candidate screening and undersold applications. 

"If you sit in front of a recruiter and they see you practise that skill," Taylor explains. "They see that you're really intellectually curious for example, so for the 10 minutes they're talking to you they know you have that skill. When a conversation finishes and they walk off and you walk off...that raw skill you've got is lost."

But, through asking recruiters and hiring managers for feedback on all interviews and then putting that information on a candidate’s profile (e.g. well organised or good leadership skills) a potential employer is more likely to believe that information.

The recruitment industry has already seen the influx of 'TripAdvisor' style review sites - read more in our April issue - so it's timely that there's a similar model for budding candidates, that need that little bit of extra validation to get noticed.

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