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Now you see me! The Video CV

The video CV.

The internet is constantly growing and improving. New apps and systems are being created and made to be more dynamic than the last. Letters have been replaced by email, twitter and Instagram handles are given out, instead of phone numbers. Every piece of information you want from a person, is online. Social media has quickly become the main use of hiring, by companies and recruiters. Social Media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat have all become important tools for companies to promote their business and build their employer brand. Which is why it isn’t a shock that the video CV has emerged. It isn’t a secret that your time is valueable that few can afford to waste. The question is, can the video CV successfully replace the paper CV?

I spoke to two of our Quarsh Recruiters,  Claire Praill and Tony Glover and they shared their thoughts and opinions on the matter:

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Video CVs are a creative and innovative way of expressing who you are and allowing your personality to stand out from the crowd. Putting yourself on display in front of the camera, especially in an unconventional manner can easily allow you to be noticed. With that being said, not everybody will come across well on screen and lack presentation skills, this could deter potential candidates from applying for the position, and maybe the VCV (video CVs) are better suited to specific industries, like media roles.

I previously mentioned the importance of time to an employer looking to recruit. A recruiter will receive a huge amount of VCV applications, by the time they have watched one VCV, recruiters can have skim read multiple paper CVs. On the topic of time, many candidates would find it difficult to put forward their entire work history in the time given. Is this enough time to win over an employer?

Recruitment Business Partner, Claire Praill highlighted an important point, candidates can often tailor their CV for each role and industry. Tailoring a video CV would mean more work for the candidate, whereas the paper CV can be edited in a matter of minutes. For something that was probably meant to be time savvy, it is quite the opposite.

Will VCVs become a huge part of the recruitment world? It’s possible. It would suit some industries and generations far better than others, but the VCV (in my opinion) wouldn’t completely eradicate the CV. Although, that doesn’t mean it cannot be introduced into the interview process. Personally, I believe it shouldn’t be a video CV, instead some sort of video cover letter that can be watched if the employer is impressed by a paper CV. That way, the employer can quickly skim read CVs, if intrigued, they can watch a filmed cover letter and get a better sense of who the candidate is and if they can fit into the company culture. Who knows? Maybe I just started something revolutionary!