Thursday, January 07

Bad Headhunting


The "blind cv" is one where the search company sends the client a cv with (ideally) all personal details removed, so that the candidate's general experience can be discussed; it helps the search company understand whether it is meeting the client's criteria. However a number of problems can arise. The most obvious one is that if the candidate is very senior (e.g. the CEO of a well known company) then the client is likely to guess the candidate's identity. The candidate's permission is really needed, in order to send even a blind cv, otherwise the data protection act may be infringed in cases like that. Finally there is the tip passed on to me by my very professional friend at Ernst&Young, Peter Ferrigno; if the candidate's cv is in Microsoft Word, always check the Properties section in the menu, there may be important clues to be deleted!


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