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Video CVs

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Poll: Video CVs (13 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you think a video CV a good way to market a person's skills?

  1. Yes (1 votes [7.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.69%

  2. No (8 votes [61.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 61.54%

  3. Depends (4 votes [30.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.77%

Would you consider marketing yourself through a video CV?

  1. Yes (1 votes [7.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.69%

  2. No (8 votes [61.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 61.54%

  3. Depends (4 votes [30.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 30.77%

Would you pay someone to produce a professional video of yourself?

  1. Yes (3 votes [23.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.08%

  2. No (8 votes [61.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 61.54%

  3. Only once I find out how difficult it is to do it myself (2 votes [15.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 15.38%

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#1 PatrickO


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Posted 08 June 2012 - 15:40


I am helping a friend with a small creative business to develop new products. One of these is to produce short video CVs or business introductions. The business problem is that submitting a traditional CV in the UK is a lottery and most are machine read and not reviewed by people, candidates need an edge and home webcam style videos are typically of poor quality.

Your response to the survey and thoughts on the idea will be greatly appreciated.


Edited by PatrickO, 08 June 2012 - 15:48 .

#2 Ann


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 01:19

I hate to be a wet blanket but I do not foresee this being successful.

I know that if I was sent a CV video, I would probably never get around to playing it at all and, if I did, it would have to be entirely exceptional and compelling for me to watch for more than about 30 seconds before I hit the Quit button.

I suspect most busy people will have a similar reaction.

#3 bjornthun


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:41

Remember "Impossible is Nothing"? Link: http://en.wikipedia...._(video_résumé)
Bjørn T

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Posted 10 June 2012 - 19:41

"You can't judge a book by it's cover", but sometimes it hard not to.
Video CV I would never consider, mainly for that reason.

It was bad enough when I had to include my D.O.B on my CV, that cost me quite a few contracts.

I can see what I want to say, but I can't say what I see.

#5 Mark English

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 04:07

It's a great tool for models but for a other types of business it really depends on the subject matter. There are plenty of YouTube videos of photographers on shoots for promotional purposes. Not really a cv though.
Best Regards,

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#6 Almass



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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:56

It depends on the job.

If we are hiring a Designer, we need him/her to spend half a day at the studio as portfolios are often faked.

If a large company is hiring top senior exec, the Chairman...CEO might wish to see a video for short listing of usually max 2 people.
However, this is done by video conferencing most of the time.
It's the picture not the pixels.

#7 schwett


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Posted 20 June 2012 - 04:28

hm. it really depends on the field.

i run a design studio at a large architecture firm, i hire about 20 or 30 people a year, and if someone sent me a video CV, i'd deep six it and them instantly.
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