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Understanding the pros and cons of video resumes
Are you a job seeker who think a video resume is going to be what sets you a part from job seekers?
Be careful with that thinking. In this CollegeRecruiter.com article, titled The Pros and Cons of Video Resumes, a wide variety of HR professionals and employment experts said that while video resumes can help for certain positions, or for certain jobs, the traditional resume, sent as a Word of PDF file, is still most important.
That’s no surprise to recruiters.
“The recruiters I discussed this with do not want video resumes,” says Tom Thomson, managing partner of Sanford Rose Associates, a recruitment firm in Nashville.
The Creative Group (TCG), a company that specializes in connecting interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations talent with the best companies on a project, contract-to-hire, and full-time basis, conducted a survey discussing the topic. In that survey, nearly eight in 10 executives surveyed by TCG said they prefer receiving traditional resumes in Word or PDF format over video or infographic resumes. Some employers won’t even accept video resumes and only three percent of executives indicated they prefer video resumes over traditional resumes.
Twin Cities human resources consultant Arlene Vernon discussed the topic of video resumes with a number of HR professionals - most who work in small businesses. They screened resumes the traditional way - via an online application or through an online submission, in Word or PDF format.
When it comes to videos, however, more employers are using video interviews to interview and screen candidates. This is different than video resumes, and more along the lines of video interviewing. There are plenty of interesting stories related to video interviews too, said Vernon. Employers quickly eliminate candidates with these video interviews. A common concern is, candidates are not sure if they are using the video technology correct, and many have been found swearing/cussing on camera when they didn't know or realize the video was recording/playing. Job seekers, if you do participate in a video interview, stay professional - and calm - at all times. Employers are watching. And recording.
So if you're looking to create a video resume, do so only if required, or if it will help you more than hurt you.
Read more about the pros and cons of video resumes
And if you do complete a video interview, don't get frustrated before or after the interview - you never know who is watching - and eliminating you from consideration based on your behavior.
For now, skip the video resume, and let the traditional resume be what helps guide your job search. If you need a new, updated resume, contact Matt Krumrie today.
About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes and cover letters, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for the Star Tribune, Flexjobs.com, Ziprecruiter.com and more.