‘Selfie generation’ intimidated by writing a CV

‘Selfie generation’ intimidated by writing a CV


More than half of young people are too shy about their achievements to write or maintain their CV, according to the findings of research released today by Lifeskills created by Barclays.

The research found that, while young people post to social media on average more than eight times a day, mostly with pictures of holidays, nights out and hobbies - as well as with selfies - they were much less confident when it came to promoting themselves professionally.

Six in ten of the 14- to 25-year-olds who responded to the research said they were intimidated by the prospect of writing a CV, with more than half (55%) saying they feel so shy they avoid working on it altogether.

The most common reasons young people feel intimidated by the thought of working on their CV include nearly half (47%) feeling self-conscious and embarrassed talking themselves up, more than a third (36%) not knowing how to promote themselves without sounding boastful and three in ten (31%) worrying they would be exaggerating their abilities by using professional language.

In addition to feeling self-conscious, the findings revealed this generation lacks confidence in promoting their skill set professionally. Nearly half (46%) of respondents admitted they don’t know how to translate their skills and achievements into appropriate language for employers and more than a third (37%) said they don’t believe have any skills that are relevant for the workplace.

Despite their worries, the top skills and experience that young people admit to possessing, but wouldn’t think are appropriate to include in a CV, are:

  • Computing skills (76%)
  • Problem solving abilities such as overcoming an obstacle/managing a crisis (48%)
  • Organisational skills such as planning/coordinating (42%)
  • Being familiar with multiple social-media platforms (38%)
  • Good telephone manner (31%)
  • Photo-editing skills (27%)
  • First aid skills (20%)
  • Video-editing skills (17%)
  • Creating and managing a YouTube channel (14%)
  • Writing a long-term blog (13%)

The research found two-fifths (39%) of respondents have never written a CV and a similar proportion (42%) said they have never been offered help to write or present one, despite half saying they felt they would benefit from the guidance and support. 

Meanwhile, 43% of respondents said they prefer to promote themselves through professional networks such as LinkedIn, rather than through a traditional CV. Reasons for doing this were because it feels less formal, it is similar to other social media channels, and there is a section for honours and awards so it feels less boastful to include them.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

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