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Why aren't video CVs more popular?
10/06/2011

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

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