Throw those CV's in the bin!

They are not the best way to hire in tech.

By Sharon Vaz

4 May 2021

4 min read

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Curriculum Vitae is latin - it translates to the “course of my life”, and in the past that is the information it included:  The school you went to, your age, marital status, that time you worked for 2 weeks during your summer holiday - and lots of information about what you have done up to a point in time, all of course embellished to get your good points across and hope that you up on the top of the pile and a chance to be interviewed.  

With the implementation of ATS CV’s are constantly rewritten to include all the keywords that get through the tracking system.  Both of these can have advantages in that you can write things that definitely show you in the best light...

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Curriculum Vitae is latin - it translates to the “course of my life”, and in the past that is the information it included:  The school you went to, your age, marital status, that time you worked for 2 weeks during your summer holiday - and lots of information about what you have done up to a point in time, all of course embellished to get your good points across and hope that you up on the top of the pile and a chance to be interviewed.  

With the implementation of ATS CV’s are constantly rewritten to include all the keywords that get through the tracking system.  Both of these can have advantages in that you can write things that definitely show you in the best light...

That is why, especially in tech, skill verification is more important than ever when it comes to building a team.  With so many self taught developers, online courses, traditional courses, and all the other ways to update skills a CV doesn’t help.  It doesn’t matter what school you went to, your age or any of those CV essentials - what matters is that you can do the role and fit in with the team.

How do you know that someone's “Highly skilled in Python” isn’t the same as someone elses “Basic knowledge of Python”.  There are cultural differences in how people sell themselves as well as comparing themselves to their current team. They might be the best in their team at the moment but considerably below par in the new team.  

Skill verification is also great at reducing bias in team building.  You can no longer ask about age, religion, gender, colour - is there anyone who still thinks these are important when building a tech team? Skill verification doesn’t care about any of these irrelevant things allowing teams to be much more diverse.

Running a coding challenge lets you use real world examples to give you a level playing field when it comes to building a team. It provides consistency and ignores bias - you can no longer assume that because someone went to university they have better skills than someone who is self taught.

Even when you are not looking for a new job coding challenges help you by letting you work on a real world problem and compare your solution to others.  You can see if there are areas you need to improve or pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

The world is moving at a fast pace - and tech teams need to be able to move quickly to deal with the challenges they face.  Skill verification can help your team meet not only today's demands but also the future demands.

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