Video resumes split public opinion

During lockdown, an increasing number of people were required to use video as part of their hiring processes as an alternative to face-to-face interviews.

Due to the pandemic, video has been incorporated into the hiring process in many ways and can act as a quick way to build common ground. 

The new, method of hybrid working has encouraged a number of applicants and recruiters to use video as part of their hiring process. 

The pandemic pushed applicants to submit video CVs and video cover letters as a way to stand out in the crowd — particularly at a time when many employers were struggling.

Even as the nation continues to recover, many businesses have chosen to continue some of their new recruitment methods, for example keeping virtual meetings as another layer to the overall recruitment process. 

Job equality

From the results of a recent Propertymark straw poll, it seems agents still prefer keeping things traditional as 54 per cent of those who took part believed a written CV is better.  

Where video resumes may help bring down barriers to employment for people who are affected by specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, there are concerns that the approach may work as a disadvantage for other protected characteristics. 

Of those who voted, 34 per cent indicated that they would prefer using a combination of traditional and video processes, and just 13 per cent of voters said that they would prefer the video CV to become a new way of recruiting. 

Government apprenticeship funding

With Rishi Sunak extending cash incentives for hiring new apprentices as part of a £500 million jobs support package, bonuses of £3,000 per apprentice hired by a business will now continue until 31 January 2022. 

Propertymark’s CEO Nathan Emerson recently expressed his belief that the property sector will see an increase in young people becoming agents. 

During the time that the apprenticeship incentive was increased to £3,000 for employers, Propertymark Qualifications saw the number of estate agent apprentices registering for their qualifications quadruple compared to the previous year.

Now that the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has announced an extension to the funding which will remain available until January 2022, we’re excited to see more young blood entering the property sector which in turn will help it continue to flourish and provide youngsters with the stepping stones to enter the exciting world of estate and letting agency.

Nathan Emerson CEO | Propertymark
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