Lately I've been hearing and seeing a lot of articles and posts relating to the Video CV and the techno-geek in me just can't help having it's attention grabbed.
I haven't come across any companies that require a video CV (if you are one please let me know how they're working for you) but I was recently speaking to a consultancy who mentioned their CRM system possessing functionality to enable applicants to record a brief video of themselves when registering at their offices. The agency could then submit this video as part of a client's screening process.
Hhhmm I thought to myself, a great USP for the consultancy but I'm not too sure how this would work, say for example, with financial accountants and computer programmers (no offence financial accountants and computer programmers but surely you know what I mean [in the general sweeping statement sense at least]).
Okay, it's pretty obvious a video CV (which is a pain to type so from henceforth shall be referred to as the, "CVideo"... Clever huh?) may not be suitable for roles requiring hours in front of a computer looking through spreadsheets or reams of code. However, if you're recruiting for a role requiring that certain je ne sais quoi in a candidate's personality that can't be gleaned from a CV then perhaps a video version could play a part.
A few Initial questions I have before venturing further down this rabbit hole:
Don't get me wrong. I appreciate I may be coming across a tad cynical to the whole concept of CVideos.
These are genuine questions I would love answers to. If you've used CVideo with any success (as a candidate or recruiter) I'd really appreciate hearing from you. Lets debate and discuss in the comments below.
From a candidate's perspective, if you need to make a CVideo do it well. In fact, forget, "well". You need to blow the flippin' doors off. A bar has been set my friends. Oh yes, and its name is Graeme Anthony. Its a few months old now and many may have seen it before. If not check out the CVideo below to see how it should be done.
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