IN a bold bid to get herself back into full-time employment, a Limerick woman has uploaded her video CV onto YouTube.
Sharon Slater, the owner of the Limerick’s Life website, became so frustrated with getting no response to the old fashioned methods of finding the right job that she complied a video version of her CV and uploaded it to the worldwide video sharing site.
The two-and-a-half minute piece of footage, entitled Sharon Slater Is For Hire, was uploaded a week ago and has already had over 1,000 views.
The Corbally resident who previously lived in Murroe, saw her hours cut to 15 hours a week last year and since then she has been unable to secure full-time employment.
Despite sending out “hundreds of hardcopy CVs” over the past 12 months she has received only 10 replies and not a single interview. “My hours were cut. I am on less than 15 hours a week now where I am. That’s just not feasible to try and live on that,” Sharon explained.
“I can manage but I don’t want to just manage. I want to get back into full-time employment,” she added.
In November, Sharon sent a hardcopy CV in for a job that she felt she was “extremely suited for”, in the area of history, but she failed to even get a response. “Many people had said to me ‘Have you applied for this job?’. I sent in my CV and I didn’t’ get a response at all for a month and a half so I emailed them back and they told me that they had received too many CVs and that I wasn’t even going to be called for an interview.”
Sharon decided it was time to try something different. Using her skills in video editing, she created her own personal video resume and has begun sharing it to the online world in the hope that her chances of successful employment are increased.
The 34-year-old has experience in the field of research, genealogy, website design and maintenance, as well as IT and customer service. She is also the owner of the Limerick’s Life website which was created in an effort to record the local history of Limerick city. Her work on the website, she said, is done on a voluntary basis.
“I had heard about these CVs years ago and I thought I may as well give them a shot – what is the worse that can happen?,” Sharon remarked.
And while she only started sending out the video CVs a little over a week ago, she has already had “a great response” and has even been called for an interview. “I had one interview on Friday. I’m not sure if it is suitable for my skills but it was good to actually get an interview because it has been so long,” continued Sharon who has an MA in History from the University of Limerick.
In the last year since her hours were cut, Sharon has been giving talks and helping other people with their history projects in her spare time.
In the two and a half minute video uploaded to YouTube, Sharon declares that she is “for hire” and promises to showcase “some, but not all of the abilities” she possesses, which she says “would be an asset to you and your company”.
The resume also features a number of photos of Sharon part-taking in various hobbies and activities.
Sharon describes herself as a people person with an “infectious” smile. She says she is capable of “focusing on the detail without losing sight of the bigger picture”.
“I have had a good response and a good few email responses from people saying, ‘I wish that I had a job to give to you’,” she said.