Tempo Blog
October 4, 2018

Why top employers are ditching the CV

Who even uses CVs anymore?

Employers in the past have relied heavily on an applicant's CVs when deciding who is eligible for the role. But what if there are other means of determining whether you should hire someone?

CVs have certainly always had their flaws; boring, drab, restrictive, text-only documents that are meant to convey how great a candidate is to employers on the other side of the screen. But they don't really give you the full picture on the prospective candidate.

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How can a double-sided A4 piece of paper written in 12-point Times New Roman font accurately depict someone's varied skills, personality and passion? Answer: it can’t.

According to BeHiring, the average time that you would spend looking at a person’s CV when hiring is only 5-7 seconds. Not only that, every job position advertised online receives an average of 250 applications! Standing out from the crowd and making an impact in such a short amount of time is not an easy task for the applicants.

Thankfully, CVs are on the way out.

Introducing the New CV

People are resorting to new, exciting ways to represent their employment history. Some people avoid the boring 2-page CV by creating an online portfolio instead. They use ready-made platforms to upload information, or even make their own personalised website to showcase their skills. Crazier solutions also exist, as seen in those who have taken to standing at tube exits in the city with a placard summarising their skills and asking for opportunities.

The traditional CV is dead.

One new medium breathing life into tired CVs is video. As people become more engaged and willing to post video content, platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are changing to better facilitate video. And it turns out that CVs are no different.

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The video CV not only gives all the same information as a regular CV (employment history, education, skillset), it also fills the gaps that are left in between. Why should you have to read that they have excellent presentation and speaking skills when they can demonstrate it live? You could ave a lot of time by viewing a video application that shows that, behind the prin, there is an actual person with passion.

This advancement has been made possible because of a rise in smartphone ownership. Around 93% of 16-54 year olds in the UK own a smartphone with the ability to take high-quality videos, quickly and easily. The medium is extremely accessible, which means that anyone can grab their smartphone, switch it on to selfie mode and record a video CV to their heart’s content.

Video killed the resume star

More and more companies are taking notice, and are re-thinking how to let candidates demonstrate their skills. With Tempo https://www.heytempo.com/employers, candiates can record a video to complete their online profile. You can then watch their videos instantly, and get an in-depth sense of the person beyond a piece of paper. Tempo gives you more control on who you hire and the ability to choose the perfect candidate.

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Say goodbye to drab CVs and hello to the new, improved, creative videos that are taking over the 2018 job hunt.

Check out cadidates videos on Tempo now. https://www.heytempo.com/employers


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