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Why you’re wasting your time with written CVs

By 26/04/2016June 22nd, 2021Recruitment
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We’ve all been there when trying to get the best person for a position but it’s hard to distinguish that one stand-out candidate. You may sometimes feel like you’ve read the same CV hundreds of separate times and the truth is, you probably have. Candidates have been coached on writing effective CVs so much that they start to all seem the same – especially if the role is specialised and all the applications come from similar backgrounds.

Well, it’s time to be more progressive in your recruitment process. Have you tried asking candidates for a video CV?

First of all, it filters out any candidates that aren’t committed to the role. Many job websites today have “auto-filled” applications and 1-click-to-apply tools which mean many resumes you receive have been passively sent to you without any sense of intent.

The same can happen with external recruitment agencies; candidates have been offered vacancies which don’t particularly catch their interest but will take it out of panic and desperation.

Most (not all) candidates will not have a video CV prepared, which means, unlike paper CVs which have been passively sent to every appropriate vacancy, you will have a truly relevant application sent specifically for your role.

Due to the advancement of smartphones and laptops with inbuilt webcams, almost everyone has the ability to now record and send their own video. It’s even a chance to see how candidates will respond to a simple task using technology.

You get a chance to re-watch. This may be important as you can analyse what has been said. You’re also given the chance to do what is chosen means that you have no real other options when choosing a candidate for the onboarding process.

Employees looking for the right role will not mind completing this task. If anything, many will prefer it to filling out a tedious 45-minute online application form.

Here’s our template vacancy, requesting a video CV;

Ever-growing advertising company is currently seeking an experienced Account Manager. This is a full time, permanent role with shifts between 9 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday. Basic salary is £20,000 plus quarterly bonuses.

To apply for this role please send a 60 – 90-second video explaining why you’d be a right fit for the role and using previous relevant experience.

Please send a video CV to

This can be a video file or an upload to YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo or other video platforms. If you’d prefer to keep it private, you can password protect the video but please be sure to send the password with the link so we can view the video.”

You don’t have to sift through the less relevant parts of the resume and it gives a chance for the employee to put emphasis on particular experience on CV that couldn’t be achieved in a written one.

Another great advantage is that you can see who is the real deal! This process tends to weed out any liars and locate any exaggeration on a written CV. Within seconds, you can see who is confident and knows what they are talking about and who doesn’t. Video CVs are something which many will not have had the chance to master and so is a chance to have a rawer, unpolished, honest look at a candidate.

It also let’s candidates know that you are a much more progressive business, which is a lure to millennial candidates in particular, which is important because you always need to remember that during the recruitment process, you must impress the candidate – not just the other way around. Many companies are searching for the perfect recruitment policy and the use of recruitment software such as ours. If you’d like to sign up for a free trial, make sure you book a demo.