Employers treating CVs like Tinder
20 January 2015
Employers are treating CVs like dating app Tinder and spend less than ten seconds on each, according to new research.
Employers spend just 8.8 seconds looking at potential candidates’ CVs, in a process that has become “Tinderised” according to a survey from the UK’s youth programme, National Citizen Service.
The research revealed that the pressure on employers to get through hundreds of CVs for entry level jobs has doubled and has led to less time being spent on prospective employees’ initial applications.
The average number of applications received by employers over the past two years leaped from 46 in 2013 to 93 today.
In addition, out of the 500 employers surveyed, one in ten larger businesses who staff over 250 individuals stated they saw more than 400 applications for entry level jobs advertised.
Half of employers surveyed revealed that they spend less than six seconds reviewing a CV and also stated that the majority of CVs don’t stand out from the crowd, despite the surge in applications.
Piers Linney, the entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den star believes the research shows that “because employers have less time than ever to review applications, the process of reviewing CVs has become almost ‘Tinderised’ with each CV given just a few seconds to stand out against the competition before being kept or cast aside”.
Linney also added that business are on the hunt for “evidence of strength of character, tenacity and resilience and the study showed that candidates are more likely to progress to the next stage in the recruitment process if there is evidence of extra-curricular activities, interests and courses, instead of simply listing exam results.
The research also outlined the top 10 CV faux pas:
1. Bad grammar
2. Spelling mistakes
3. Poor formatting
4. CV longer than two pages
5. Casual tone
6. Use of jargon
7. Unusual font style or size
8. Exam grades listed in full
9. Generic interests listed such as cooking or reading
10. Lack of activities related to personal development