Career Advice - Pros and Cons of Video Resumes
Are Video Resumes The Best Way To Get Hired?
Dear April Masini,
I'm applying for a new job. The description makes it seem like the job is pretty laid-back, in a fun, casual atmosphere. I really want to be hired so I really need to set myself apart from the rest of the applicants. I'm seriously thinking about making a video resume, so they can actually see me and my personality, rather than just read about it on paper. Do you think video resumes are a good idea for getting the attention of jobs looking to hire?"
See Me and Hire Me
April Masini's Advice :
Dear See Me and Hire Me,
Hey, a video resume got Elle Woods into Harvard (Remember Legally Blonde?). Video resumes are a GREAT option, but if you're going to use one, I advise my readers to use them IN ADDITION to a traditional resume, to give the employer an extra something to lookk at in case they want to. It also sends a signal to your employer that you're techno-savvy and you think out of the box.
Of course the video resume itself opens all kinds of doors for etiquette questions. I would NOT recommend sending a video of yourself in a swimsuit the way Elle Woods did -- unless you're applying for a job as an exotic dancer.
Video is the way of the future:
The reality is that the visual image is here to stay and it's going to be making it's way into the recruitment process sooner rather than later (think You Tube). It's an interesting way for a potential employee to sell themselves to a potential employer and to show various facets of themselves that might be of interest. The only way it would turn off an employer is if they think it's too modern or if they think it's too hard sell and too much glitz without enough substance. However, for the candidate who's got the goods on paper, the video resume may just be another way to show what else they have going on.
The legal ramifications of this trend are yet to be seen. Privacy issues are about to get a whole lot more complicated.
The pros and cons of video resumes are one in the same. You can adopt any tone or "genre" in a video resume, and you can get very, very creative depending on your self and your technological capabilities. This can be a big turn on or turn off for your potential employer depending on what they want. You could open doors with a video resume, and with the same video resume in a different job, close them.
The pro of paper resume is that it leaves more to the imagination, and that often leads to an interview. A video resume may make the employer think that they've seen enough -- for better or for worse. You're less likely to get a call back with a video resume, in most instances.