Cameras roll for the See-V
The resume is passe for some firms as CVs are replaced by video applications, says
YOUNG jobseekers barely stand a chance in recruiter’s talent pools, as the traditional CV format and screening processes favour experienced candidates.
To unearth the hidden talents of the future workforce, proactive employers are thinking outside the box and doing away with CVs altogether.
Recruitment experts say alternative hiring methods for entry-level roles – such as asking for short videos or setting job-relevant tasks – better display young jobseekers’ creativity, personality and aptitude.
Randstad director of social and public affairs Steve Shepherd says automated CV filters are becoming too clever and disqualifying young jobseekers based on a lack of experience, despite other less quantifiable attributes.
“The filters are designed to screen them out, so they aren’t getting to have that conversation,” he says.
“While the filters can match against traditional skills like (certain degrees), when you come to the notion of being creative and innovative, what does that look like?
“We see businesses talking about the need for innovation and creativity and the future, but the challenge we have with first-time jobseekers is there isn’t much to put on a CV.”
Shepherd says video submissions have been part of the application process in creative industries since the invention of the internet, but are now becoming more generally accepted.
As long as videos are kept shorter than five minutes, he says recruiters don’t need to spend any extra time than they would reading a traditional CV, while the video format could also eliminate the step of a phone or Skype call.
To promote the idea, Randstad has partnered with major Australian employers to launch the Shaping Young Futures Photo and Video Competition, where the winner will receive a round-the-world trip of interning and networking opportunities.
Amber Kristof, human resources director of L’Oreal, which is supporting the competition, says she sees the value of encouraging video submissions for jobs in all industries and at all levels.
As part of L’Oreal’s 2015 graduate recruitment campaign, applicants had to submit a two-minute video answering set questions.
“It’s about personality and unique skill sets and attitudes, and they are easier to see in a video than on a piece of paper,” Kristof says.
Other companies are shunning CVs in favour of setting applicants a practical task, such as writing a marketing blog or planning an Instagram campaign.
Employment Office managing director Tudor Marsden-Huggins says he has noticed a trend of employers being less dependant on CVs.
REGIONAL TV News reporter Jessica Moran, pictured, landed her job as a broadcast journalist in Hervey Bay by submitting a show reel.
In her industry, she says employers prefer to see, rather than read, that someone can do the job.
“I secretly hope traditional CVs are done away with,” Moran says.
“It’s not always the best way to present yourself and often you will learn more about someone by picking up the phone.
“I also don’t think it’s fair for a candidate to only be judged against their CV. Many skills in life can’t be measured and people also struggle to sell themselves in cover letters.”
TV reporter Jessica Moran submitted a video CV.