Working Heads is a trailblazing employability project from charity CXK.
As an organisation, we have more than 20 years’ experience working to help individuals to build the skills and confidence they need to find work, or a learning or training opportunity.
Our experience has shown us that many people find it difficult to represent themselves well using a traditional written CV. This means that many individuals can struggle to get that first ’foot in the door’, while many companies miss out on employing fantastic candidates that simply struggle to overcome that first hurdle of getting a job interview.
So we came up with Working Heads.
Working Heads helps people to create a great first impression and access employers in an engaging and innovative way through video. We support candidates through workshops designed to take them through that process of creating a video CV with impact. The video CV is then uploaded to the portal, as part of a jobseeker profile, which is then accessible by a network of local employers looking for candidates to fill existing job opportunities.
Jobseekers are also supported through workshops to identify their skills and qualities and to present themselves professionally in front of potential employers. Further workshops are offered to review how job searching has progressed and offer peer support and learning from the process.
The videos on the portal are accessed by a network of employers looking for candidates to fill existing job opportunities. Those employers benefit from an easy to use portal of fantastic, work-ready candidates who they might ordinarily never meet. The video format of the CVs allows them to not only learn about a candidate’s experience, but to make a more accurate assessment of their personality and soft skills.
This gives the employer the ability to make a quicker decision about how that candidate might fit the role and within their team – before deciding whether to invite them to interview. They access a wider pool of candidates, strengthening their ability to develop a more diverse workforce, and to meet equality, diversity and corporate social responsibility objectives.
Through the Working Heads project we’re excited to be able to support individuals and employers across Kent and Medway to get the right people into the right job roles, in a seamless, quick, easy and engaging way.
"Video CVs help candidates to show a human side. It makes it much easier to assess their personality and potential suitability for the job."
— Matt Jones
"Being able to view video CVs via an online portal not only saves the employer time – but gives candidates who may not be confident creating a written CV the opportunity to shine."
— Michelle Hill
"I think if you can sit down in front of a camera, and put on video something employers can see that says “this is me, I’ve got something to offer, please interview me” that’s a really good start, and will be a really good opportunity. I’m very excited by this."
— Sir Roger Gale
"Thank you for providing our learners with a truly positive experience today. I think coming in at the end of the programme works really well and this is definitely something we would encourage our students to engage in going forward."
— Kirsty McChesney - East Kent College