Video CVs boost job applications

Two thirds of bosses say they would be happy to receive a video CV rather than a traditional paper one, according to a new survey by a leading recruitment firm.

At one time, standard CVs were written on paper but now there’s a range of creative touches job-hunters can use, including photographs, video, infographics and even animation.

And a survey by Sheffield recruitment firm Benchmark found 66 per cent of bosses would be open to getting a video CV, with 18 per cent of them being strongly in favour of the idea.

Just one per cent said they would “strongly disagree” to seeing a video CV.

Less than a third of bosses think CVs should be traditional or paper-based – in fact 13 per cent disagree that CVs ought to be traditional in format and 55 per cent have a neutral view of them, meaning that many prospective employers are open to seeing more creative CVs.

The one thing which is certain is that CVs are still vital when it comes to getting a job interview.

Eighty-six per cent of employers either agree or strongly agree that CVs have a strong bearing on their decision to interview a candidate – and 75 per cent would not interview a candidate without seeing their CV first.

Rob Shaw, operations manager at leading recruitment firm Benchmark, is surprised by the rise in video CVs.

She said:

“You often find people working in the digital media or creative industries are happy to receive video CVs but it’s interesting to see half of bosses from all kinds of industries are open to the idea.

“Many people consider LinkedIn as an online CV nowadays but it’s worth considering pimping up your CV with videos or infographics for a hotly-contested job. It could give you the edge in a very competitive job market and make your application stand out.”

Rob says CVs are a good way to assess someone’s suitability for a job to draw up an initial shortlist but they only give a snapshot.

“We see so many CVs on a daily basis but they are the tip of an iceberg about the person behind the CV. Yet many employers judge job seekers entirely on the contents of two sheets of paper.

“My advice to employers is don’t judge a book by its cover. Instead consider hosting an assessment centre where you can observe candidates performing tasks.

“It removes prejudices, allows people to be judged for what they can demonstrate rather than tell you on a piece of paper.

“It’s also a quick and efficient way to hold interviews.”

Video CVs aren’t the only way local job seekers are getting noticed. To help those on the lookout for new opportunities to stand out, Tall Poppies has just launched in South Yorkshire.

The digital start up creates bespoke infographic CVs which showcase candidates’ skills in eye-catching and design led formats.

Its founder Amanda Lennon said:

“Employers are looking to discard the majority of CVs so make sure yours summarises your skills and ability and that this part is easy to find by using headings, straplines and visuals.

“It’s important to give employers all the information they need to make their decision to keep you in the process.”

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