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The CV is Dead. Long Live the CV!

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Put the pitchforks away the CV isn’t dead, but it is changing.

When people start entertaining the idea of a job move they first update their LinkedIn, ready their portfolio sand begin dusting off their CV.

In 2018, it’s amazing that in an innovative industry as recruitment, we continue to use the same vehicle for job applications as we have for almost seventy years.

Since CVs first became the accepted medium in the 50s they’ve undergone very few evolutions.

LinkedIn might have advanced the game and video did make an arrival, but applications continue to hinge on how a candidate appears on paper.

It’s unrealistic to think that a 2D static side of A4 can paint a detailed enough picture of a candidate to effectively screen them.

Or that it can communicate a cultural fit, sufficiently answer a client’s questions or accurately reflect their communication skills.

It’s a recruiter’s responsibility to funnel the right CVs to their clients, but it’s a reality that you can’t meet every candidate and a call often reveals too little.

Video platforms allow recruiters to see their candidates in an interview scenario, which allows them to make better judgements on who they progress and how they prep them.

Time, location and availability have to all align to even get a candidate to interview.

It’s also a reality that candidates are still sent to clients who quickly recognise within half a minute of meeting them that they’re not right.

It’s about addressing wastage in the industry.

Consider that almost every candidate has a portable camera in today’s age and that lengthy application processes and covering letters are simply not practical for anyone.

Video software equips candidates and recruiters with the ability to solve all these pain points and the industry is changing faster than people might think.

Which processes agencies address and who they partner with in 2018 will determine how they enter 2019. As an early adopter of technology and market leader or as a Luddite that’s left behind.

Agencies tend to listen to figures and the metrics speak volumes. Video platforms accelerate the recruitment journey by almost two-thirds.

They remove the wastage in sending mismatched candidates to interviews, accelerate the interview stages and address the concerns of aligning availability, location and time.

If a picture speaks a thousand words then according to McQuivey’s Forrester study, a minute long video is believed to communicate 1.8m saga.

Ultimately, video allows you to say more. A lot more.

Recruiters are able to package a candidate, their USPs and their personality in a digestible way.

Footage even appears alongside a traditional CV or portfolio as a reference point. We’re not suggesting the paper CV has been eclipsed but that video will very soon become a mandatory part of it.

Recruitment is accelerating, processes are being streamlined and video technology is changing the game.


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