High volume hiring industries like hospitality and retail can now cut down the time it takes to recruit the right staff and associated costs. But to reap these benefits, employers must move away from a dependency on what has historically been the go-to resource for recruitment: the CV.
Thanks to advances in technology, high volume hiring companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) no longer have to tolerate the inefficiencies that are unavoidable with CV’s. For the sectors that invest heavily in ongoing recruitment, the savings in time and costs can be astronomical and lead to more streamlined workflows across all departments.
5 reasons why the CV is dead for service worker industries
CV’s have been used as the most convenient way to get candidate work and education history. But for high volume hiring industries, this is no longer the case. Here are some of the main problems that CVs create:
- Information that is irrelevant to the vacancy
Hospitality and retail businesses in the UAE may receive hundreds or thousands of applications per advertised vacancy for service workers. These companies are primarily concerned with the candidate’s job history, language skills and their personality. Are they qualified for the job? This is the question that employers want to answer as quickly as possible, but information on the CV that is not relevant slows the process down.
- Inability to filter a database of CV’s
While it is possible to search a CV for specific terms when inside the document, it is impossible to do so for a bundle of hundreds or thousands of them or to filter for specific requirements. For instance, a hotel searching for a new receptionist can’t filter to see all Russian speaking candidates with more than three years’ work experience in five-star hotels.
Recruiters have to individually scan each and every CV, which takes an inordinate amount of time. It also increases the likelihood of overlooking a strong candidate’s profile through human error.
- No consistency on CV structure and format
The nature of CV’s is that they do not follow a uniform structure. They are presented and written in different ways. Some can be difficult to follow and to locate important information on, as well as contain spelling or grammatical errors. Many CV’s may not include the information that you are looking for and you may need to request it. This invariably prolongs the recruitment process.
- Inability to attach certificates, proof of education and media (such as a video introduction)
Employers must request massive amounts of documentation to move forward with candidates using the traditional CV process, such as copies of training and education certificates. Additionally, it is impossible to get an idea of a candidate’s personality, and language and communication skills, which a short video would provide. Many employers complain that the purpose of the first interview in large part is to see these attributes, as it is not possible from merely looking at a CV.
- Confusion over job titles
It has become commonplace for the same job to have many different titles. This makes searching for candidates under a specific job title limiting, as it may filter out candidates who do fit the role but use a different job title in their CV. For instance, a hotel restaurant manager’s job title on their CV might be listed as ‘Food service manager’.
Employers can, therefore, miss out on seeing a perfectly good candidate and overlook them for their vacancy. Likewise, a candidate may search for a job vacancy but the employer advertising it uses a different job title. The solution is to standardize job titles, which would also eliminate any spelling mistakes. Google, for instance, is working on the implementation of standardized job titles.
Is it the end of the CV in the service industry?
The CV will still have its place, but this is because there are simply always companies that take a long time to adapt to technology-driven changes that produce greater efficiency. But for smart, forward-thinking hospitality and retail businesses in the UAE that look for ways to improve their processes, the CV will no longer be needed. For companies that understand that all they need to see is candidate work experience and their personality, they will move forward and take advantage of new, simple technology-led solutions that produce cost and time savings.
How StaffPlace solves hospitality & retail recruitment problems and drives time and cost saving
StaffPlace is the new recruitment app for high volume hiring industries like hospitality and retail in the UAE. Here are the five main benefits that StaffPlace gives your company:
- StaffPlace uses matching technology to put you in direct contact with candidates that fit your requirements only.
- Candidate profiles are completed via dropdown options menus on everything you would want to know, creating a uniform consistency, ease of searchability and efficiency.
- The StaffPlace app connects you with candidates that fully match your job requirements only. Candidates who don’t match your requirements cannot apply.
- It cuts out the middleman, giving you complete access to candidate profiles and instant chat, speeding up your hire time.
- You can watch introductory candidate videos, to get a strong idea of their personality, as well as language and communication skills.
And that’s not all – StaffPlace prioritizes first class service, which is why the support team is on hand to help employers every step of the way.