Are CVs still a thing in 2023?

It's no secret that the job market is constantly changing and evolving. In order to stay ahead of the curve, job seekers need to continuously update their skills and strategies. So, are CVs still a thing in 2023? Let's take a look at the latest data to find out.

What the Data Says

According to a recent survey of recruiters, the answer is a resounding "no." In fact, recruiters in the US were the most receptive to the idea of deleting CVs from the hiring process altogether. Europe was one of the regions most adamant about not using CVs when hiring. The main reason cited for this shift away from CVs is that they don't give an accurate picture of a candidate's skills and abilities.

The Pros and Cons of Ditching the CV

For many job seekers, ditching the traditional CV might seem like a relief. After all, it can be time-consuming to update your CV each time you apply for a job. On the other hand, some recruiters argue that CVs are still valuable because they provide an overview of a candidate's experience, qualifications, and accomplishments What's the Alternative?

Given the shift away from CVs, recruiters and employers are now turning to alternative forms of resumes. These often take the form of digital portfolios that showcase a candidate's skills with samples of their work. This provides recruiters with more insight into a candidate's abilities than what was possible before. Additionally, this type of portfolio can be easily updated to reflect any new skills or accomplishments.

So, if CVs are on the way out, what does that mean for job seekers? Well, it means that you need to start focusing on other ways to showcase your skills and experience. One way to do this is by creating an online portfolio that highlights your work. For some inspiration, you can take a look a look at the guys on platforms like Freelancer.com or Fiverr, where each professional (or team) is showing their portfolio, receiving feedback, etc. We agree that it may not work for all jobs in all industries, but you can get an idea of what is coming.

Another way to stand out is by taking advantage of social media platforms like LinkedIn to network with potential employers and build your personal brand. Keep your profile updated and be present, post frequently, comment, share, etc. Do that even if you aren't looking for a new job. Staying updated with what is happening in your industry (and outside) is always powerful.

The bottom line is that CVs are no longer the only way to effectively sell yourself to potential employers. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, you need to start focusing on other ways to showcase your skills and experience. An online portfolio and a strong presence on social media are two great places to start.
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