Senior recruiters see CV as important as a decade ago, but it is increasingly considered to be a starting point for additional research on the Internet
London, UK – 29 December 2008 – A survey of top recruiters, by the executive career service Experteer.co.uk, today revealed a word processed CV is still considered to be the most important element in a job application although its use by recruiters has evolved. More than half (57%) of 50 top recruiters surveyed believe the importance of a CV in applying for jobs has not changed from ten years ago but 86% see it as a starting point for additional research into candidate, as competition for available jobs increases.
Torsten Muth, Managing Director of the UK’s executive career service Experteer.co.uk comments, “The importance of a well written and presented CV is undisputed, but technological advancements mean that senior executives should optimise their CVs to suit the new search techniques of top headhunters.
This is especially true in the current job market, when companies and headhunters have such a vast choice. They have very limited time for candidates whose CV is not up to the highest standard, and the Internet is a key tool for them to weed out weaker candidates. Job seekers need to go the extra mile in preparing their CV and finding the best spots to showcase it on the Internet.”
Based on the research, Experteer has come up with the following five tips for senior executives to optimise their CVs for Internet job hunting.
Muth added:“Senior executives often do not take the time to stand back and look at their CV, or to ask for help with updating it. They can often be surprised by the difference that a professional, well- structured CV can make to their chances of getting the job that they are applying for over an equally-qualified candidate.”