22nd May 2008
Rachel Middleton writes that "job candidate's skills cannot be accurately assessed through
their CV, as they are not necessarily good indicators of a person". There may be some truth
in this, but the problem stems from the limited availability of systems to verify a candidate's
work or skill set.
Purple Passport, which is now an iProfile company, is making in roads in this area.
Having read through tons of CVs over my career, my biggest concern is the lack of measurable
work achievements on candidate CV's
Click a Job News, 22nd May
CVs are not enough to gauge suitability. A job candidate's skills cannot be accurately
assessed through their CV, one expert has suggested. According to the manager of the
British Psychological Society's Psychological Testing Centre, Rachel Middleton, employers
are now using a "whole mix" of options when evaluating a job applicant. She stated that
bosses have "gone off" using CVs as a means of application for a vacancy.
"They're not necessarily good indicators of a person - especially CVs, as a lot of people
trump them up and inflate it," Ms Middleton remarked. Companies will use a variety of
shortlisting techniques to whittle candidates down, including psychometric testing,
personality and aptitude question papers and application forms, she added.
New research shows that IT skills, in all forms, were believed to be the most valued
assets for the year 2020. Communication skills were close behind and adaptability came
third. I am willing to bet, that engineering could also be a hot sector over the coming years.
HR Look, 22nd May
Technology skills key to the future, but communication skills most beneficial today.
These and other findings about the UK's views of skills were revealed today by lifelong
learning charity, the Campaign for Learning, and Reed Learning to mark National
Learning at Work Day, Thursday 22 May. The findings were taken from over 500 entries
to the BIG LEARN competition. Entrants were asked their thoughts on the most important
skills for 2020, and the skills which most benefit their career at present. They were also
asked their views on the most and least skilled professions and on learning new skills.
IT skills in all forms were the top choice for the most important skill in the year
2020, with 27% of entrants picking them. Communication skills were close behind (23%)
and adaptability (13%) came third.
An interesting feature examines the best way to record informal learning. Training
zone explains that the problem for a lot of people is that they cannot see or may not
want to see the benefits of this ongoing activity. They later highlight that if people
start to keep some record of their informal learning they may not feel a conscious gain for
a while, which may be beyond their own period of acceptance. I asked an expert in
personal development, founder of Purple Passport Mark Callahan, to give his view...
Training Zone, 7th May
Trainer's tip: Recording informal learning.
What's the best way to record informal learning? Nick Hindley explains what works for him.
Whatever system you decide to implement, hand written log, on-line blog, formal personal
review report etc., you will need to ascertain what the motivation is for individuals to
carry out this activity on a permanent basis, forming positive habits. The problem for a
lot of people will be that they cannot see or may not want to see the benefits of this
ongoing activity. Even if they start to take action and keep some record of their informal
learning they may not feel a conscious gain for a while, which may be beyond their own
period of acceptance. You will need to find different ways of motivating different people
so that they all carry on doing whatever method you decide on, long enough for most to
experience some sort of benefit.
Psychometric testing is becoming an increasingly popular option for employers when
determining the best candidate for a job. One suggestion I offer is to document any previous
psychometric testing done when writing your CV.