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London charity UK Youth has launched a new initiative to help get young folk into work – by encouraging them to post video CVs on Twitter. The charity has teamed up with social media app Videofyme to let jobseekers record a video of themselves to upload to the microblogging site alongside the hashtag #employme, which employers …

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Hoe

FAIL

Talk about a long shot of desperation.

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Re: FAIL

After all, what could possibly go wrong?

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Re: FAIL

Being unemployed is bad enough without this humiliation.

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Meh

Re: FAIL noooo this is not a fail

It is the ideal way to recruit eye candy for front of house work. You can sift through and reject the ugly ones.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: FAIL @Jim 59

But humiliation is a right of passage, just watch The Apprentice.

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Anonymous Coward

The advantage-

Employers can discriminate against your voice, appearance and general setting without even having to meet you. Next use the smell cam!

Also this provides some awesome opportunities for you've been framed and various comedy shows.

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Anonymous Coward

Pointless

If you have 85 CVs for one job and they all send in a video lasting 4 minutes no employer in the world is going to waste 5 hours and 40 minutes watching them. Plus you can't sift videos like you can paper, or satisfactorily screw them up and throw them in the bin and you have to watch cringe inducing acting. All courtesy of the social media "I'm special" generation.

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Coat

Re: Pointless

Don't watch half of them, that way you weed out the naturally unlucky.

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Re: Pointless

I'd read the CV first to see if it is even worth watching the video. The video would probably help me not waste my time getting some of the candidates in to interview. We get a lot of people who I don't really like the look of the CV for one reason or another but their skills match, would give some of them a second chance to impress. All in all it could work out very well.

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Re: Pointless

Corporate HR don't even read CV's anymore, they just let the computer spit out the minimum number of candidates that meet fairness regulations (if applicable), they sure as hell aren't going to watch video CV's unless it is to mock it on one of the many shady HR industry sites where they hang out.

Maybe they should put them on YouTube and use the comments section there for determining if a candidate is suitable. (That's a joke).

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YAY

Jobs for pretty people middle managers fancy - What a wonderful idea.

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'London Charity UK Youth'

Ugh...why don't they try some real charity work, like actually helping people, instead of these ineffectual, 'yoof style' initiatives that do fuck all. Did they come up with this idea while pissed out of their nuts in a Shoreditch cocktail bar on a Friday afternoon? Money well spent!!!

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Charity meets marketing hot air and loves it

"With youth unemployment standing at around a million young people and up to 70 graduates chasing every job, it is more important than ever before to be heard above the crowd"

Problem: lots of completely unskilled boys and girls with unrealistic expectations trying to find work in the real world after spending a 3-year holiday at a Mickey Mouse holiday campuniversity.

Solution: retrain for a proper job which might be needed, such as nurse, computer programmer, cook, car mechanic, plumber, roofer, electrician, joiner, decoratorpost amusing videos on youtube and make a clown of yourself.

And don't forget that we need donations in order to continue helping you. Your £20 per month (direct debit) will help us develop intuitive, creative and ground-breaking ideas to get British youth into the labour market.

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@Anomalous Cowshed

I regret I have only one upvote to give you ....

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Meh

Re: Charity meets marketing hot air and loves it

You hit the nail on the head, train in something useful instead of wasting time on 'look at me, look at me' videos.

I watched the video with my recruitment hat on and to be honest didn't see anything that would warm me to the guy. He could have done that video in a better way.

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Re: Charity meets marketing hot air and loves it

So it's now "The next big thing"....

"Stand out from the crowd by doing what everyone else is doing."

I could almost believe there are Marketing types who would come out with that - and, frighteningly, believe it...

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Angel

What planet is this?

I've had probably 15-20 job interviews. Been turned down three times perhaps because the job requirements did not actually match the advertisement.

Also been on the employing end too. Never had more than 5 or so applicants interviewing for a job and perhaps one in 20 was actually out of work. We've had openings unfilled for a few months at a time.

Pretty much all the people worth anything have jobs.

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WTF?

What a load of horse dung. It sounds like "UK Youth" have too much time & money on their hands to be able to sit around brainstorming.

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heard above the crowd?

On Twitter and YouTube - really?

They obviously never worked out that the YouTube name invokes the Scots meaning of tube..

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Re: heard above the crowd?

Thankyou! I remember laughing at the name when it first appeared. Sadly, it seems to have wormed its way into my brain and I'd forgotten it was funny.

YouTube, might as well be "YaFanny" :)

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IT Angle

I think it's a splendid idea

If you have enjoyed "Adam Johnson's Curriculum Vitae", why not check out some of these other videos:

"Adam Johnson boning his girlfriend while dressed as Batman"

"Adam Johnson out on the lash on the weekend"

"Adam Johnson's annual EDL meet up"

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Re: I think it's a splendid idea

Exactly this - then plunder his profiles for social media accounts and see what his 'friends' are into, then their friends.

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up to 70 applicants for each job ...

... does not imply that graduates outnumber jobs 70:1, although I'm guessing that's the shock factor they're going for. In the extreme case, with 70 suitable jobs, and 70 suitable applicants, each applicant applies for all 70 jobs, and there's no problem at all.

If they weren't just attention seeking, a figure representing the ratio of graduates to appropriate opportunities would be a much more useful measurement of the problem. And if you provided figures broken down by specialism, that would be a seriously worthwhile thing to do. Unlike this, which is not just a pathetic waste of time and money but a retrograde step in that it can only serve to encourage various forms of discrimination.

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Re: up to 70 applicants for each job ...

And the "numbers of applicants per job" is probably also over-inflated by the JobCentre rules that you have to apply for N jobs per week or lose your benefit. So out of those 70 applicans the probably a significant proportion may be from people who are only apply to "show willing" until the sort of job that they are really interested in comes up at which point they apply seriously and are joined by ~70 other applicants many of whom may only be applying to keep their benefit.

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Re: up to 70 applicants for each job ...

@AC 12:11, you've met my brother then.

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Is there not already a tumblr with some of the hilarious examples of submitted videos? if not then I might get on that

Also, if they are jobless and probably quite skint. they are expected to have a decent phone and internet connection?

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whaaaa?

the f....eh...yyyy....but...oh, yeah, wareve

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also they got the spelling wrong

Youth is Yooof

and any words with an S at the end should be changed to a Z. Now wheres my check?

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Anonymous Coward

By check do you mean cheque?

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Anonymous Coward

Cheque that!

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Chequemate.

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No, microphone check

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Paris Hilton

If I was an unemployed youth...

Then I would take my lead from Eddie Hitler and just look at the camera and say the following;

"Smooth, suave, sophisticated - you got it!"

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Re: Pick me!

I'm a love albatross!

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Anonymous Coward

It's rare that I feel sorry for HR/recruitment types.

In this case I genuinely do.

This seems awful for all concerned.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: It's rare that I feel sorry for HR/recruitment types.

You must be the first person in all of history to feel sorry for HR.

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Before the video even started

I saw the shirt and thought "no fucking way".

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NO DELETE BUTTON.

Don't do this, you cannot delete it, think how it will look if you do eventually have a career.

I can't imagine a more stupid suggestion.

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FAIL

sounds like everyone should do an Aleksey Vayner

and that worked out so well

http://www.cnbc.com/id/100406109

NOT

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Anonymous Coward

Just what the world needs. Another reason for self obsessed, self aggrandising fuckwits to post social media shite about themselves and 'how they feel'. I hope it's a roaring failure.

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Coat

I feel bad about this!

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The job - just as it always has - will go to the girl with the biggest tits. Just shortens the application process.

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Learn from the original... Martha Lane Fox.

How to make millions and get ahead :- talk too fast in a flat monotone for 4 minutes, while looking slightly off-camera. Also, brush your hair beforehand with a live electrode.

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That video, self selecting

Clearly meant to be new media quirky, but telling me the biggest and best have rejected you is frankly a bit of a shortcut for me.

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then you fart on facebook and get sacked

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