When recruiting, do you prefer to receive 1) chronological or 2) skills based CVs?

A Reader asks RecruitAdvisory ……

When recruiting, do you prefer to receive 1) chronological or 2) skills based CVs?

From hearing what over a thousand different recruiters like, the vast majority prefer a blend of both chronological and skills-based CVs with an emphasis on the latter. What a few recruiters who have the luck to have it want is a parsing tool like BurningGlass which can sort the details of the CV in either/both chronological and/or skills-based way, plus a grading report on each candidate who has answered a range of questions (psychometric, job-specific, aptitude, integrity, as examples) supplied by the likes of Effectivate. A few also have the luck to have an automated search on open databases like facebook and closed ones like job-boards giving the recruiter further background information about the CV from the same screen as they review the CV (like careerbuilder’s Applicant Explorer and AIRS). Still other recruiters like to be able to go a step further, use their own internal store of talent pools & pipelines, and review CVs which, although originally sent to them maybe five or so months ago have been updated from open & closed databases so that they are up-to-date. If you could get all that in one integrated package, what a productivity tool that would be?!

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