As anyone with a Facebook account will know, people use all sorts of media to pour their hearts out and share their feelings on a daily (or even hourly) basis. This is the joy and benefit of social media, but your CV shouldn't be viewed as an extension of your Facebook or Twitter account. I don't think there's any harm in saying one or two lines about yourself at the bottom of your CV (in fact it can be used as a good conversation starter in an interview, especially if a panel member has a similar hobby or interest). What I do advise against, however, is using the "Hobbies & Interests" or "About Me" sections to wax lyrical about how many hours a week you spend tending to your garden, discussing the last restaurant you went to or likening your next job to a fine wine or a good film.
As a recruiter, one of the most difficult things to do is to get some sort of post-interview, meaningful feedback. When I say meaningful, what I mean is something aside from "you’re just not the right fit" or "you've moved around too much". The former means nothing at all, basically just that for whatever reason they didn't really like you but they can't come out and say it. The latter can be established from a CV and it never ceases to amaze me that this is considered as justification for not hiring someone.
Recruitment Consultants - they're like the estate agents of job hunting, right? When I was a consultant (about 14 years ago) it was a largely unregulated industry that basically suited anyone with the gift of the gab. Post credit crunch and the picture is vastly different.
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