Dear Max Messmer -- Why Your VideoCV Survey Highlights the Wrong Half of the News

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Let's give jobseekers some good news and focus on the positive. In actuality, 26 of the large organizations surveyed accept video CVs, a strong number given the relative newness along with corporate bandwidth and firewall constraints. In today's world of facebook, Google and LinkedIn it pays to choose the resume media that best highlights your talents.

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On August 14th, executive search firm Robert Half put out a news release that reported on a survey among 100 executives in Canada's largest companies. It concluded that most companies are not accepting video CVs.

What grabbed us at VisualCV ( and why we are moved to respond, is that in an attempt to make headlines with a negative, they are obscuring the real news here - that 26 large organizations they asked are accepting video CVs. That's amazing. The video CV, as a concept is a relatively recent phenomenon, simply because of the bandwidth and firewall constraints in corporate life. Likewise, who would have believed that we would come to live in a world where we would automatically facebook and Google people before we meet them? Or search for a VisualCV or LinkedIn profile to give us the lowdown on their professional personas.

Don't get us wrong; even though we embrace the multi-media resume with every fiber of our technophile genes, we do not champion the use of video indiscriminately. Yale student Aleksey Vayner's now infamous attempt, 'Impossible Is Nothing' has unintentionally created the benchmark for what not to do. Video is a supplement, not a replacement, for the resume.

We endorse choosing your resume media to match your merits - if you are a top salesperson or an impressive presenter, a supplemental and short, well-shot video is only going to help. But if you are a shy web wizard, you need a format that lets your work speak for itself. Likewise, if you are a budding author, you need a place to showcase your talents. All of this Luddite nay-saying is irresponsible - let's steer job seekers towards technology that can help them stand out.

At VisualCV we have tens of thousands of rich media resumes highlighting every imaginable career achievement, from a simple PowerPoint sales graph that shows results going off the chart, to a PDF of a book cover, an MPEG file of a TV interview to a high-resolution JPEG of a stunning interior or an artist's latest song. And last time we looked, 600 companies, including VeriSign, Perot Systems, Rosetta Stone, McGraw Hill Broadcasting and Citrix, who have signed up to accept VisualCVs, said they would love to get a resume that uses rich media to help them track the best talent and find outstanding candidates.

So we would like to say to chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, Mr. Max Messmer, next time you have a book to plug, (Job Hunting For Dummies wasn't it?), forget the survey and get yourself a VisualCV instead. Here's one we started for you

Jeff Hunter
VisualCV, Inc.


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