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Jobseekers 'should avoid video CVs'

06/11/2008

Job candidates are being advised to send in paper CVs to potential employers rather than online videos.

With technology becoming increasingly prominent for those looking for employment, some have turned to online video CVs in a bid to impress recruiters.

But the chairman of the Recruitment Society warns this kind of application may not always have the desired effect.

Steve Huxham says that job hunters should remember the 30 second rule which suggests employers spend just half a minute looking at a paper CV before deciding whether to take the application further.

But he warned that it is much harder for candidates to make the same kind of impact within such as short space of time on an online video CV.

"If you assume that the recruiters have only got an initial 30 seconds to take a look at the CV and make a decision whether he or she is going to read the full thing, then what you have got makes an impact," he said.

Figures released early this year by the Department for Communities and Local Government found that in 2007, 58 per cent of white people felt there is more racial prejudice relating to employment than in 2001. ADNFCR-1196-ID-18862455-ADNFCR


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