Jobseekers Suffer From 'Achievement Amnesia'

Last Updated Jun 24, 2008 12:10 PM EDT

Apparently, something called 'achievement amnesia' is blighting jobseekers' chances of getting an interview.

Research by iProfile has found a mis-match between what employers look for on a CV and what job applicants deliver.

Employers consider work-based achievements essential to a good CV. But job applicants spend more time tinkering with the design than working on the content.

They often dash off their CVs in less than two hours and, in their haste, struggle to recollect significant achievements or learning experiences over six months' old.

iProfile interviewed 200 employers, of whom 73 per cent claimed they'd rejected job applicants because they'd failed to highlight workplace achievements.

They also claimed that applicants who sell themselves convincingly are in a position to ask for higher starting salaries -- 51 per cent of employers said a strong seller could ask for five per cent more.

Start keeping a record of career milestones, suggests iProfile (not surprisingly), using new online sites that allow you to update information continuously.

iProfile has a vested interest in changing the way we compile CVs, but it asks a valid question -- is the old-fashioned job resume dead?

Is there a better alternative?