Recent developments in recruitment processes have demonstrated that job applicants are increasingly using online Smart CVs instead of traditional approaches like hardcopy or emailing CVs. This study aims at examining perceived importance university undergraduate students of Hong Kong place or put on portfolios of Smart CVs, such as internship experience, exchange experience, scholarships & awards, participation in competitions, academic performance, and extra-curricular activities when building a Smart CV, and on investigating potential effects of the 3+3+4 academic reform in Hong Kong and admission mode. Participants were 256 undergraduate students in BBA majoring either in Information Management or in Electronic Commerce. A survey consisting of 44 items, which measured perceptions on the importance of the 6 proposed portfolios of Smart CVs, was used to collect data. Principal component analysis was used to analyze the items and 34 items were included in the final factor structure out of which 27 items got retained after subsequent reliability analysis. The 6 portfolios were positively inter-correlated. Students who were admitted under the new 4-year undergraduate curriculum using examination results of the new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) perceived internship experience and participation in competitions as more important in their Smart CVs, which was not the case with those who were admitted under the 3-year undergraduate curriculum using the results of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), which is no longer in use since 2012. The admission routes of students did not affect perceived importance in a Smart CV of the 6 proposed portfolios.
Cheung, Terence Chun-Ho; Silva, Thushari; Kwok, Ron Chi-Wai; and Wang, Kitty Wan-Ching, "Perceived Importance of Portfolios in a Smart CV after an Education Reform: An Empirical Analysis" (2015). PACIS 2015 Proceedings. 35.