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Technology now allows job matching to move into a new era. ~ John Bittleston

The simple matter of an ad in a local paper, a few applicants and a handful of interviews began to get more complex 20 years ago.

Personal mobility, employees’ desires to change not just companies but countries, and employers’ tighter job specifications all led to a need for better job markets and faster information. There was another factor at work, too.

Company culture became recognised as a reality. It had always existed, of course. Great patriarchal families such as Cadbury or Mars and early enlightened employers such as Marks and Spencer had attracted the cream of the available talent for generations. In japan, the company was often an employee’s whole life, taking precedence over family and personal ambition.

Then, quite quickly, the picture changed. One cause was the recognition of the value and scarcity of real talent The wage gap between the “average” employee and the top widened. Systematic train¬ing started, partly because of technology spreading its tentacles from factory into office and partly because employment costs demanded that every ounce of productivity had to be achieved to make a job viable.

This soon led to a recognition that the cost of an employee was not the wages and perks but the accumulated investment the company had made in his or her job and, subsequently, the maintenance of that asset in a changing technological world.

It was these influences that led to the rise of job portals and companies such as Monster and to the growing awareness that hyperbole in a CV plays a very little part in securing a job. My experience is it often turns off an employer because he has read it all before and is not prepared to do so again. Time spent reading copy-written CVs is resented, as is the carbon footprint involved in travel to interview overseas talent or the cost of bringing candidates long distances only to find out they in no way fit the bill.

So poor is the quality of many CVs that a simpler style is long overdue. At least one new service is shortly going to provide an online format for this. Meanwhile, if you are concerned about your CV and you care to send it to me, I will let you have a comment on it together with a content checklist to ensure what you are present¬ing is useful. I do not charge for this and all information sent to me will be held in strict confidence.

Technology now allows employee/job matching to move into a new era where “essential fact CVs” coupled with a short video provide a desktop way of searching through the credentials of many potential employees and producing a short list in a fraction of the time it used to take and at a tenth of the cost All this can initially be done without revealing the employee’s identity until she or he is ready to do so.

New services such as SeeMeCV display enough information for an employer to make the decision to interview with twice the chance the employee might be hired than any other system provides. Candidates will still need skills in the preparation of their one-page CV and in filming their video clip. They will require excellent interview performance and all the emotional intelligence that face-to-face meetings always demand. But at least they will be reviewed faster, called to fewer wasted interviews and confronted by fewer frustrated em¬ployers wondering how to fill the half hour they know will not lead to a job offer.

The age of the useable CV has arrived. Is yours up to date and up to scratch? I suggest you review it now.

John Bittleston

Sir John Bittleston is the Founder, Executive Chairman of Terrific Mentor International and the only honorary member of Asia Institute of Mentoring.

He’s an active octogenarian who loves mentoring and the hero for Yen-Lu Chow (AIM’s Co-Founder).

Sir John believes in AIM’s 5 pillars: Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Career Resilience, Personal Well-Being and Parenting.

About SeeMeCV

SeeMeCV is the premier virtual event solutions provider for businesses of all sizes. With SeeMeCV,, everyone, regardless of experience-level, can plan and implement fully immersive virtual events that meets their organisational needs.

Established in 2006 in Singapore, we are trusted by some of the most recognised government agencies, educational institutes and organisations in the region. We have hosted over 1000’s of virtual events and facilitated over half a million chats and interactions. Learn more at SeeMeCV.com and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.

For further information, please contact:

Desmond Wan at desmon.wan@seemecv.com

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