Think you don't need a CV?
As I was sitting scanning a number of online job sites this morning, I came across a large number of companies looking for tradesmen, labourers, contractors, drivers and other manual workers – all offering competitive rates of pay and seemingly good working conditions. What stood out for me what they almost all ended with a request for anyone interested in the job, to submit an online application attaching their CV.
Now here’s the thing – many people who work in trades or manual based roles, simply don’t have CV’s. They have often moved from job to job through word of mouth, and have often been hired because they are damn good at what they do!
Without wanting to stereotype (which regrettably I am about to do!), many of these potentially high performing and reliable employees, don’t have the skills to ‘attach a CV’ or cover letter, or even submit an online application. I know a lot of people these days who don’t even own a computer or laptop. We are in an era where most things can be done on your phone, but have you ever tried writing and attaching a CV to an online job application on your phone? It’s ridiculously hard, and even more so if you don’t have an ultra-modern smart phone.
So even though the requirement to understand and utilise technology may have absolutely no relevance to on the job performance, employers continue to insist upon candidates registering online and completing online applications, effectively limiting their candidate pool to those who have computer skills. This simply doesn’t make sense!
Or does it?
Let’s look at it from the employer’s point of view. The administration aspect of their business is largely online, and employers are often inundated with a large number of applications. There is a need to keep track of the applicants in some shape or form, and online applications are a good way of doing this. Applications are instant, and automated responses acknowledging applications can be generated, as can emails advising of progress with your application. It saves the employer a whole heap of time, and information on each candidate can be stored in a central location. From the employer’s point of view, online applications save them an enormous amount of time, and they work – or at least appear to.
How do I know this – because I have worked with organisations that do this, and believe me – I feel like I’m sitting between a rock and a hard place! I totally get it – from both perspectives.
Somehow, the employer and job seeker need to ‘connect’, however right now, unless you want to sabotage any chance you have of finding employment, as a job seeker you need to have a CV that you (or someone you know) can attach to your job application. Of course, the other option is for you to sit back and wait for an opportunity that states ‘no CV’s required’, but I’m a firm believer in taking control of your own destiny. If that means that in order to get a job, you need to have a CV and submit an online application, then that’s what you must do.
Sure I’d like to see employers be a heck of a lot more innovative in how they attract and secure their employees, taking into account the skills required for the job, but I’m not going to risk stalling my career while I wait for that to happen.
If you are serious about finding a job, it’s simple - regardless of the industry you want to work in, you NEED to have a CV. Your CV should detail your work history, and the skills and experience that you can bring to the job, with the ultimate aim of creating sufficient interest that the employer will want to meet with you to find out more.
If you can’t do this yourself – find someone that can. There’s no requirement that you write your own CV, just as there is no requirement that you complete your own online application. The requirement is often that all applications must be submitted online attaching a CV.
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