>Death to the CV!

>A few weeks back I met a Twitter friend Mervyn Dinnen for the first time and had a very good chat about all things social media, how we found ourselves using it, and about life in general. Mervyn’s at a point in his career where he’s trying something daring and I wanted to support this with a post of my own. He’s looking for his next career opportunity, and I don’t doubt that he’ll find something. You can read his dedicated blog to find out what he does and what he wants to do. I will tell you though about his methodology for finding this job.

He is doing it without any form of a CV at all. Instead he is using purely social media/networking tools to help him find a job.

A quick point, Mervyn is in a fortunate position that he can invest time in this experiment. I wish Mervyn the best of luck in doing this.

He’s calling it social recruiting. Makes sense. What I want to do is take a look at the idea of this and provide some of my thoughts. In effect, Mervyn is saying if a company is interested in him, he won’t send over a CV. He wants his blog, his Twitter account, his LinkedIn profile, all to be the source of information that any potential recruiter would need. And based on that, they can contact him for an interview.

What fascinates me about this, is the sheer challenge to conventional job seeking methods. The Employ Kyle campaign saw some innovative use of social media to promote himself. And there have been many people using YouTube to promote themselves. Recruiters in the world today (in-house as well as out-sourced) should take note of what’s happening in the world of social media, and learn quickly. I’ll make mention of one other recruiter I know on Twitter, Andy Headworth. Andy is an absolute advocate of social media, and puts a lot of time and effort into figuring out how the various tools can be best used. You should check out his site.

Coming back to Mervyn though, he’s got some real challenges that stand in his way:
1) Recruiters will insist on a CV – they will not understand how you can’t have one, why you haven’t got one, and what you possibly think to gain by not providing one.
2) Companies will put pressure on recruiters and on Mervyn for providing a CV – because they want the paper trail. They want the safeguard that says, “we choose to go no further because blah blah blah”.
3) Practically, people haven’t got time to engage with a candidate in this way – the beauty of what Mervyn is trying to promote here is, you have to visit his site, you have to read his tweets, you have to search him out on LinkedIn. That’s far too much time to invest in a time poor economy.
4) It’s just not the done thing – regardless of the ways social media is providing new ways of communicating and providing information, at risk of a cliche, the world just isn’t ready for things like this. Challenging recruiting conventions is almost as laughable as challenging airport security.
5) His approach will be classed as the latest social media fad/gimmick – companies haven’t got the time to indulge an approach like this. Social media? Just stick to email and phone thanks.

I am following Mervyn’s job hunt with interest. I hope either you do too, or are interested enough that you’ll pass on a recommendation for him.