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Rant: Why should I email my CV?
7 points by razvvan on Nov 20, 2013 | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments
This bugs me. Why do recruiters that contact me over LinkedIn still ask me to email them my CV. There's an export button. Also, why do London recruiters keep mentioning that "They are based in a very prestigious area of London". Do I level up one social class if I work in a prestigious area? Never mind those stock options, I have to work in the office overlooking the queens trash bin.



Employers don't need your CV, the recruitment firms do. They always ask for them in a .DOC format because many have internal databases. Providing a .DOC makes it easier for them to upload the file to that system, where they can then search for prospective applicants by keyword.

Providing a CV won't make it any easier for you to get the job you're actually discussing. It just makes it easier for them to send you emails like: "I see you have 4 years experience with JavaScript. We have an exciting opportunity to join a team of rockstars working with Java and Spring".

There's another concern to be aware of: some unscrupulous recruiters will edit your CV. That is, if they see a job posting looking for someone with x years experience with Spring, they might just add that to your CV, even if you've never worked with a java stack.


>There's another concern to be aware of: some unscrupulous recruiters will edit your CV. That is, if they see a job posting looking for someone with x years experience with Spring, they might just add that to your CV, even if you've never worked with a java stack.

For this reason I always carry copies with me to interviews.


Recruiters want your resume in Doc format so that they can add their logo and header to it.


I see working in a 'prestigious area' as a downside. I have worked on a rich neighborhood in my city, the price of everything nearby was way too high (for the same stuff I can buy where I actually live).

About the CV thing I bet this is a legacy workflow that most companies still used to.


They also asking for word Doc so they could put their logo on top of the CV.

I dont even own word anymore.


Giving an employer an exported Linkedin CV would show thay they don't know you very well, that maybe they don't know you at all. They must show something to tjeir clients at ghe end of the day


This has bothered me for a while. I want linkedin to output a PDF resume without all of the cruft.


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