Will LinkedIn replace the traditional CV?
LinkedIn is becoming a popular recruitment tool, but it won’t replace the need for the traditional CV just yet, a poll run by online recruiter, webrecruit, has demonstrated.
The poll revealed that 42% of people do not think LinkedIn will replace the traditional CV, compared to 32% who believe it will.
More interestingly, however, was the growing consensus that LinkedIn already poses a threat, with 26% of respondees stating that it may replace the CV in the future.
A prominent trend within the responses is that a LinkedIn profile offers jobseekers an extra dimension to their CV. Its ability to provide additional insight into someone’s skills and expertise, acts as an extension to their skill set and as such, should be captialised on.
On the other hand, some respondants emphasised the need for personal, face-to-face contact in the hiring process, suggesting the most effective recruitment is done over the telephone.
These findings are indicative of the market, and perhaps a sign of things to come. Employers are already using social media channels, such as LinkedIn, to identify talent and increase their brand exposure, whereas jobseekers use them as additional tools to market themselves.
Phil Roebuck, Founder/Director of webrecruit said: ‘The CV is the most important part of the job search – it’s what gets a hiring manager’s attention. Especially in today’s tough jobs market, as a job seeker you should be using as many complementary tools as possible to market yourself.
‘Job seekers are getting smarter with their applicatons – whether that’s capitalising on LinkedIn’s functions, using Pinterest to upload their portfolio or writing a blog to provide extra depth. This poll has shown just how online recruitment has embraced social media and gives further insight into how job hunting trends are changing’.
webrecruit is experiencing considerable success with LinkedIn in helping both candidates and employers. Its group, Webrecruit Transforming Recruitment Online, for example, welcomed its 76,000th member, cementing its position as one of the largest UK recruitment groups on LinkedIn.