• Jordan Lewis

Why you should burn your CV if you want to get a job

For years the CV has been the go-to way to get any job, but their days are coming to an end - but what should you be using instead?

Why should you bin your CV?

To qualify for an interview at almost any job, there are a few things that have been considered essential for centuries. One of those items is a CV or curriculum vitae. For those of you who don't know, a CV is a short and simple collection of all the information an employer needs about you to decide whether they hire you. This usually includes your personal details, education, skills, contact details and a personal statement.

Overall, the CV is a great way to get across all the important information your employer would need, without taking up too much time for the poor soul checking through the seemingly endless piles of applications.

There are two main problems with a CV. One, they are still INCREDIBLY time-consuming to check through and sort appropriately. Secondly, it is extremely difficult to sell yourself and come across as unique with a traditional written CV. Anybody can write about how amazing they are and list all the things they do, but just because they write 'Excellent speaker' on their CV, doesn't necessarily mean they are.

What if I told you that with one simple change, you could avoid your chances of being shoved to the bottom of the pile altogether?

What should you use instead?

Now that you know why you shouldn't be using a traditional CV, you may be wondering "What should I use instead?". The answer is a Video CV.

A video CV is almost exactly the same as a traditional CV (meaning very little extra work for you!) but with one key difference - the medium. As you know, traditional CV's are written on paper in black and white. A video CV, on the other hand, is exactly what it says on the tin, a video. All you need to do is record yourself talking through the same sections that would be featured on a traditional CV style, then send that recording to your dream employer.

Many employers are already starting the switch over to Video CV's - realising that they are far quicker, simpler and a much better representation of your skills and personality. It's not a mainstream practise yet though. If you jump on this coming trend before everybody is doing it, you will be able to produce stronger video applications than any other applicants!

For the businesses that haven't made the switch yet - even better for you. By submitting a video CV instead, you will stand out massively in the expected see of written content. You may well be the only applicant to submit a video, putting you in a league on your own! If there is a specified reason why a written application is needed, you can always fill out a traditional CV to accompany the video you submitted.

Now all you need to do is create your own video CV - but there is a good and bad way to do this. On Monday, I'll be sharing how you can make the perfect video CV with assistance from Marketing and Copywriting freelance, Eleanor Bessey - you can find her here.

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