Why We Don’t Send Out CVs

At Marvellous Maids we have a policy of not sending out C.V’s prior to interview. The reasons for this policy are:

 

  • We turn our candidates over very quickly. It is not unusual for a candidate to register and be placed in a job within a week. The candidates whose C.V’s that I may send out today may not be available for you interview next week (in all likelihood at least half of them will have gone).
  • When we introduce candidates to clients – we typically introduce 3 – 4 people at a time. We also try to fit as many similar interviews into a day as possible (so as to minimise the travelling costs to the candidates); which means that at any point on that day the candidate may be taken and therefore will not present at your interview.
  • Sometimes, when we call people to come in for interviews, they don’t arrive. This can be for numerous reasons including not having sufficient transport money; having accepted a casual char day; transport problems; not having got the message that we need them for an interview (this happens when people “share” a phone and we are unable to contact directly) or having got a job and not informed us.
  • We also have to accept that the people we have up for placement come from a very different socio-economic group and their C.V’s tend to be sketchy to say the least. One is not doing them a service by allowing them to be judged by a piece of paper. This is really a case where you need to speak and see the candidates for yourself.

It is easy for our policy to appear intractable but we have learnt (from years of experience) that sending out C.V’s does no-body any favours – not you, not our candidates and not ourselves. If we send C.V’s; people tend to fixate on a certain person – who for a variety of reasons (as explained above) may not be available. Then they feel that we have let them down. The reality is that we are dealing with people who need to work and have an immediate and urgent need of employment – we cannot hold someone back on the chance that they might get a job next week when we have a job for them today. You have to understand the economic imperatives are very different to our circumstances. So please understand, we’re not trying to be difficult and it’s not that we don’t appreciate that you are a busy person – but you do need to trust that we will choose the best possible people for your interview and that list changes on a day to day basis as candidates get placed and new people get registered. Many thanks for your understanding and co-operation in this regard.