Why aren't video CVs more popular?


I have to admit, I haven't actually ever received a video CV (VCV), although the thought and idea of one does leave me feeling slightly uncomfortable. Yes, we are living in the 21st century and have technology at our finger tips - but aren't video CVs just a little bit cheesy?

There are a number of downsides to the video CV (and the fact that I haven't come across a VCV yet) which makes me come to the conclusion that they do not rival the traditional 2-3 page profile. The written format of employment history, qualifications and personal information hasn't drastically changed over the years which is a sentiment to its successful functionality.

Here are my concerns with the video CV:

- You are assuming when you make a video that all potential employers are going to spend a whole 3 minutes watching your CV in their already busy day. 3 minutes doesn't sound like much, but if there are 70 applications it does all add up. In the time it takes for somebody to watch your video, they could have quickly read over at least a few written CVs.

- Can you realistically communicate your whole work history, qualifications and personal information in 3 minutes? Does this really give you enough time to successfully win over your potential employer?

- Not everybody comes across well on camera. Unless you have buckets of charisma and very strong presentation skills, your VCV could go against you. It could even detract the viewer from actually listening to your skills and experience making your video pointless. Not only this, but you may well be highly skilled in your profession, just not able to wow your audience on camera. I can only think that VCVs would be suitable in professions such as acting, performing arts or possibly sales.

- You are open to be potentially judged on your appearance and demeanour without being met in person - even though the 'true you' may not be represented accurately on camera.

- We all know that it is important to tailor your CV to a particular role or client, which makes updating and changing your video not only tedious but time consuming. Changing a written CV can take no time at all.

In conclusion, for the moment I personally wouldn't consider proposing a video CV to an employer. I think that the main issue I have with VCVs is giving the employer an opportunity to judge you on your appearance without meeting you or properly looking at your employment history first. Video CVs may be a strong tool for certain individuals who thrive in similar situations to presenting infront of cameras etc, although I think it will hinder people who are perfectly capable of certain roles but are not a 'performing' sort of character. Seeing as though the technology has been here for 10 years or so for people to send VCVs and it still hasn't taken off - I can't see it getting any more popular in the near future.

Here's one we stumbled across which is brilliant, but maybe not in a 'career enhancing' way:



Please let me know your thoughts on VCVs - more interestingly if you have ever used them before and how successful you thought they were.

Alex Fisher



Comments...

  • Nice Article, but your assumption that video cv's have to involve a person infront of a camera procrastinating is off the mark. How about motion graphics artists or post production specialists. I think it could be an extension of the holy grail of the video world that is the showreel. For example look at uniform.net a slightly different take on the traditional reel.
    22/06/2011 by mister z
  • Nice Article, but your assumption that video cv's have to involve a person infront of a camera procrastinating is off the mark. How about motion graphics artists or post production specialists. I think it could be an extension of the holy grail of the video world that is the showreel. For example look at uniform.net a slightly different take on the traditional reel.
    22/06/2011 by mister z
  • Point taken, I've just watched Mr. Pedersen's VCV and it's totally hilarious. Nice post
    24/06/2011 by mister z
  • Point taken, I've just watched Mr. Pedersen's VCV and it's totally hilarious. Nice post
    24/06/2011 by mister z
  • haha! I made it 30 seconds through that video before I had to stop it. No way would I employ him! So cheesey!
    15/07/2011 by Lisa
  • haha! I made it 30 seconds through that video before I had to stop it. No way would I employ him! So cheesey!
    15/07/2011 by Lisa
  • What about a social media cv? Fo jobs that focus on marktng and PR using social networking sites? Cheesey or Cyber-savvy?
    16/06/2011 by Antonia
  • What about a social media cv? Fo jobs that focus on marktng and PR using social networking sites? Cheesey or Cyber-savvy?
    16/06/2011 by Antonia
  • I think its a fantastic idea. I can see the benefits.
    01/03/2015 by Gary
  • It's amazing! .. at the same time as being totally deflating when you find the idea you thought so novel is already floating in Cyber Land!! Having said that, I still believe that sticking to a strictly (equal opportunity) format, this kind of "VCV" concept would be a very useful tool for filtering "character". In doing so, the employer can immediately see & gain a preliminary insight into the "potential employees" ability to join a team and fit the criiteria needed for the job on offer. Yes, there is a "cheesey" factor/trap that could end in total disaster but I believe a film company using a strict formula with an ability to deliver a concise/precise VCV with no silly frills, but an easy and moreover ACCURATE capture of the individuals involved would narrow down the employers choice of individuals to invite in for further interview... Please let me know yr thoughts on this on here or at: thecamdenunderground@gmail.com Thanks :)
    08/04/2015 by Hanina
  • What about a social media cv? Fo jobs that focus on marktng and PR using social networking sites? Cheesey or Cyber-savvy?
    16/06/2011 by Antonia
  • What about a social media cv? Fo jobs that focus on marktng and PR using social networking sites? Cheesey or Cyber-savvy?
    16/06/2011 by Antonia
  • Nice Article, but your assumption that video cv's have to involve a person infront of a camera procrastinating is off the mark. How about motion graphics artists or post production specialists. I think it could be an extension of the holy grail of the video world that is the showreel. For example look at uniform.net a slightly different take on the traditional reel.
    22/06/2011 by mister z
  • Nice Article, but your assumption that video cv's have to involve a person infront of a camera procrastinating is off the mark. How about motion graphics artists or post production specialists. I think it could be an extension of the holy grail of the video world that is the showreel. For example look at uniform.net a slightly different take on the traditional reel.
    22/06/2011 by mister z
  • Point taken, I've just watched Mr. Pedersen's VCV and it's totally hilarious. Nice post
    24/06/2011 by mister z
  • Point taken, I've just watched Mr. Pedersen's VCV and it's totally hilarious. Nice post
    24/06/2011 by mister z
  • haha! I made it 30 seconds through that video before I had to stop it. No way would I employ him! So cheesey!
    15/07/2011 by Lisa
  • haha! I made it 30 seconds through that video before I had to stop it. No way would I employ him! So cheesey!
    15/07/2011 by Lisa
  • Hi Mister Z, thanks for your comment - appreciate the feedback. For this particular blog I was purely talking about typical VCVs that involve a presentation by the individual on camera. I can see how this sort of format would be appropriate for motion graphics/post production where the company would have time / interest in them - although I would maybe consider this to be almost verging away from the point of the CV to more of a portfolio which would still possibly have the same problems that I've mentioned above.
    22/06/2011 by Alex
  • Hi Mister Z, thanks for your comment - appreciate the feedback. For this particular blog I was purely talking about typical VCVs that involve a presentation by the individual on camera. I can see how this sort of format would be appropriate for motion graphics/post production where the company would have time / interest in them - although I would maybe consider this to be almost verging away from the point of the CV to more of a portfolio which would still possibly have the same problems that I've mentioned above.
    22/06/2011 by Alex
  • Hi Alex! Thanks for sharing this article. I've made a video CV just to show my fun & creative side. If the employer is interested than I will still send him a 2 page infographic CV with more details regarding my experience. I think the main issue now for video CV's are that they are not so entertaining yet. Their purpose should be clear just to intrigue the future employer to find more about the person who's applying. For getting formal data regarding experience and used tehnologies a potential employer/recruiter should check LinkedIn, twitter and github profiles of the job seeker.
    11/01/2013 by Octavian Cioaca
  • Hi Alex! Thanks for sharing this article. I've made a video CV just to show my fun & creative side. If the employer is interested than I will still send him a 2 page infographic CV with more details regarding my experience. I think the main issue now for video CV's are that they are not so entertaining yet. Their purpose should be clear just to intrigue the future employer to find more about the person who's applying. For getting formal data regarding experience and used tehnologies a potential employer/recruiter should check LinkedIn, twitter and github profiles of the job seeker.
    11/01/2013 by Octavian Cioaca
  • Hi Mister Z, thanks for your comment - appreciate the feedback. For this particular blog I was purely talking about typical VCVs that involve a presentation by the individual on camera. I can see how this sort of format would be appropriate for motion graphics/post production where the company would have time / interest in them - although I would maybe consider this to be almost verging away from the point of the CV to more of a portfolio which would still possibly have the same problems that I've mentioned above.
    22/06/2011 by Alex
  • Hi Mister Z, thanks for your comment - appreciate the feedback. For this particular blog I was purely talking about typical VCVs that involve a presentation by the individual on camera. I can see how this sort of format would be appropriate for motion graphics/post production where the company would have time / interest in them - although I would maybe consider this to be almost verging away from the point of the CV to more of a portfolio which would still possibly have the same problems that I've mentioned above.
    22/06/2011 by Alex
  • Hi Alex! Thanks for sharing this article. I've made a video CV just to show my fun & creative side. If the employer is interested than I will still send him a 2 page infographic CV with more details regarding my experience. I think the main issue now for video CV's are that they are not so entertaining yet. Their purpose should be clear just to intrigue the future employer to find more about the person who's applying. For getting formal data regarding experience and used tehnologies a potential employer/recruiter should check LinkedIn, twitter and github profiles of the job seeker.
    11/01/2013 by Octavian Cioaca
  • Hi Alex! Thanks for sharing this article. I've made a video CV just to show my fun & creative side. If the employer is interested than I will still send him a 2 page infographic CV with more details regarding my experience. I think the main issue now for video CV's are that they are not so entertaining yet. Their purpose should be clear just to intrigue the future employer to find more about the person who's applying. For getting formal data regarding experience and used tehnologies a potential employer/recruiter should check LinkedIn, twitter and github profiles of the job seeker.
    11/01/2013 by Octavian Cioaca
  • I think the key thing here is video CVs are there to compliment/enhance your CV, not to replace it. For some roles it may not be suitable to have a video CV but in others it may be all you need to differentiate yourself from all the paper CVs received and make yourself stand out. Recruitment is about People. People have personalities, communication skills, presentation skills, talents etc etc the list goes on. You can't see this on a traditional paper CV. Check out a site I'm working on www.videorecruit.com where you can add, upload or embed video CV and create a recruitment profile for free.
    28/10/2014 by SimonThompson

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