The Age of the Video Resume

In today’s job market, it’s becoming more common to utilize technology, and your creativity in order to stand out amongst all of the others who may be applying for the same position as you. We’ve seen some crazy tactics online that people have tried in order to stand out in the crowd. Although some of these are pretty extreme, you have to admit that they’re pretty creative and probably caught the attention of the Hiring Manager. Lately, (and less outrageous) one of the biggest trends we’ve seen has been the video resume.

What is a video resume you may ask? Well it’s exactly what it sounds like: a brief overview of the job applicant’s experience, skills, and qualifications submitted to a potential employer–in the form of a video. 

It’s important to keep in mind that a video resume is untraditional. This can come across either as a good thing that may get you noticed by a prospect employer, or it could violate the standard procedure of the hiring process. It’s all about knowing your audience, the company you have to work for, while considering the culture of the industry and more specifically, the company itself.

So who should use a video resume?

Like previously stated, you have to really get a sense for who will be reviewing your resume. Some companies may even have policies against video submissions. Monster.com did some research on the topic of video resumes and what some employers think them:

“According to a survey released by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, most companies do not even accept video resumes, with a scant one in four respondents revealing that their employers utilize them.

Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMAYDAY.com, says that’s because video resumes are a bad idea. “Because of [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission]-compliance issues, applicants shouldn’t even put their photos on a resume let alone submit a video resume of themselves,” she says.

Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, agrees that employers are reluctant to accept video resumes for fear of bias claims from applicants. “Before submitting a video resume, job candidates should check with the hiring manager to ensure the company does not have a policy against their use in evaluating candidates,” he says.

Even if a few will accept a video, ask yourself if it’s going to help or hurt your chances at employment.

‘Most video resumes are just these one-sided conversations that attempt to sum up everything about a person in two minutes,’ says Milligan. ‘The problem is, you don’t know what a potential employer really wants from you, what their goals might be for you within that organization. You could be putting the wrong message out there.’ ”

Although not every company or industry may be all for video resumes, there are many advantages to making one if you think it fits with the position you want.

Video resumes tend to work more for people who are looking for a creative position, or are applying for a job in a creative industry. The audience viewing your video resume is more likely to be open to this idea, and perhaps even impressed if you take the time to make one! You could also show off your creativity or your software skills with a well-produced video for submission.

Video resumes offer a deeper look into the person behind a traditional resume. They can allow employers to see more of your personality, how you communicate, and even if you might be a fit for their company! In all, it’s important to remember that a video resume is an enhancement, NOT a replacement of a traditional resume.

If a video resume is still something you might want to try, stay tuned for our next blog for tips on making your own video resume!