VideofyMe app uses Twitter to help young get jobs


A scheme to help young people gain employment through social media has been launched.

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The VideofyMe app allows job hunters to record a video CV which is uploaded to Twitter. Employers can search the hashtag #employme to find applicants.

The project is being launched with London-based charity UK Youth and has the backing of Dragons’ Den judge Hilary Devey, who has pledged to tweet a link to her favourite CV each week.

Job hunters can record the video CV using the free smartphone app and then share it with hashtag #employme followed by a second hashtag of the sector they want to work in e.g. #design or #charitysector.

The use of the #employme hashtag means that uploaded video CVs can be easily found by interested employers. Some videos may also gain popularity by going viral. All the CV vids have further connectivity and can be uploaded to Facebook, YouTube and Tumblr.

This project aims to create links between the NEET youth category and prospective employers in a bit to reduce the latest government figure of 958,000 people aged 16 to 24 that are currently unemployed, not in education or training in the UK.

The results of this projet are yet to be seen but perhaps it might be something that your students could trial in preparation for the world of work or to enage with institutionjs of higher education or training? If you have any ideas on how this may enhance your teaching then please contact us!


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