Video resumes. They are all the rage in the personal branding community, but the jury is still out as far as the majority of recruiters go. A recent post in the New York Times is headlined “Video Resumes Get More Popular.” However, if you read the article, there are many caveats. (In other words, just because they are popular with the job seekers does not mean they are popular on the hiring side!)
WhenÂ Serene Buckley received her first video resume from an applicant, she was interested and reviewed it, it seems more out of curiosity than anything else! She noted that it would be important for the video to be accompanied by a strong, traditional resume.
As candidates attempt to “stand out” in a tight job market, more and more applicants are turning to video. However, there are many concerns that are important to consider before directing “Resume You.”
- Recruiters and hiring managers don’t have time to review videos. You only get 8-10 seconds for a resume!
- Most companies use computer software to scan resumes and are not equipped to review video resumes.
- The obvious emphasis on the candidate’s appearance could lead to racial discrimination.
- The video could actually hurt a candidate who is not attractive.
- A non-professionally produced video could highlight negative qualities.
The Times article quotes Don Straits, CEO of Corporate Warriors, an executive placement firm in Auburn, CA,Â ”...The only way that video resumes are really effective is when they’re used in context with supporting documents.” That means combining a video with a strong written resume and information about a person’s past performance.
”When video resumes are not used properly, they are worthless,” Straits said. ”And in fact, may do more harm than good.”
Not surprisingly, the article highlights the importance of production quality. Job seekers who know how to produce and edit a quality video (or hire someone to do it) have a strong advantage. It would be a shame to send a video that actually detracts from your search.
Before you start sending out a video of yourself, you want to really study what image you present. Look at your appearance, mannerisms, listen to how you sound.
Assume that your video (even if is well done and appropriate for your industry) is unlikely to help you unless your written materials catch the hiring manager’s eye first! In most cases, you must attract attention by communicating your value via traditional means that are easy to scan and assess, which usually means a strong written resume.
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