Electronic CVs win recruiters over

Employers
are increasingly rejecting paper CVs in favour of electronic ones according to
a survey of more than 400 recruiters representing employers and recruitment
agencies

Nearly
80 per cent of respondents surveyed by reed.co.uk said that if they had to
choose between two equal candidates, one with a paper CV and one with an
electronic one, they would pick the electronic one first every time.

Two
thirds said they would favour people with electronic CVs when selecting for
interview.

The
majority of respondents believe  it is
faster and more efficient to deal with electronic CVs whether they arrive by
e-mail, through a company’s own website, or from external Internet job site.

A
third of recruiters jump to the conclusion that candidates with paper CVs are
computer illiterate and behind the times.

Increasingly
job seekers favour the electronic route if given the choice. Two out of five
recruiters report that they receive more than 90 per cent of CVs
electronically.

Paul
Rapcioli, director of reed.co.uk, commented: "Not only do most recruiters
receive more than three-quarters of all CVs electronically, it is actually the
paper ones which are most likely to be binned."

The
research finds that London-based recruiters are the most reliant on technology,
with 44 per cent receiving more than 90 per cent of their CVs electronically,
closely followed by the South-West with 42 per cent and Scotland with 40 per
cent.

www.reed.co.uk

By Ben Willmott

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