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CV still seen as key factor in job hunting

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/03/2017

A candidate's CV and interview performance, rather than social media profile, still predominantly dictate if a job application is successful, New Zealand managers say.

None of the 100 human resources managers surveyed rated social media profile as being decisive when filling management or staff vacancies.

The participants in the survey, commissioned by recruitment consultancy Robert Half, were asked: "What are the most important factors impacting your hiring decision".

A candidate's CV was top of the list for both management roles (identified by 45 per cent of respondents) and for staff positions (38 per cent).

Next was job interview performance, at 38 per cent and 30 per cent.

Robert Half NZ general manager Megan Alexander said that, while social media had secured a place in recruitment, the research confirmed that the traditional elements in the hiring process were still seen as the most important.

"For jobseekers to succeed, they need to have a stellar CV and excel during interview," she said.

But she also said "social media butterflies should be cautious" and polish up their online profile, which hiring managers did generally check before extending an offer.

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