Are Video Resumes the next big thing?

16 03 2010

From an article in Cynopsis: Classified Advantage. . .

Are Video Resumes the Next Big Thing?

No.  And let me tell you why.

Video resumes are long, even the short ones, (about one minute) take much more time than the average scan (10-15 seconds) of a written resume.

There is no software that scans and categorizes video resumes as there is with written resumes.  Big companies rely heavily on this software to fill positions.

Video files use a lot more space on computers than written files.  A compressed, one minute video in quicktime is about 6MB, a two page document in Word is about 30KB.  In storage terms, a company can store 204 written resumes for every one video resume.  Now imagine 1000 applicants sending video resumes.  That’s 5.56 gigabytes of hard drive space for one position.

Companies are often wary that video resumes can lead to legal quagmires regarding hiring practices based on appearances.

An embarrassing video resume can often end up in the wrong hands and land on YouTube, as a joke.

Not all people present well on camera, due to poor lighting, camera work, staging or on air personality.  These videos do much more harm than good.

There can be compatibility issues with video formats.

Many email providers will not allow large attachments to be sent.  Your video resume must conform to their rules.

But if you must create a Video Resume, here are some rules:

Dress as if you were on an interview.

Your video resume should be your elevator pitch on camera.

Limit your video resume to one minute.  Remember, a written resume gets about 15 seconds.

Discuss why you are the best person for the job and what needs you will fill for the company.

Look at the camera, never read from a piece of paper.

Do not talk about your personal life, this is for professional information only.

Make sure the audio is pristine.

The first statement you should make is your full name, and it should be the last, with the exception of a thank you.

Have friends view your resume and if anything, ANYTHING is wrong with it, do it again.

Once the video is perfect, upload it to CareerBuilder, Jobster and MyWorkster with a link to your written resume and cover letter.

Talking with a corporate leader, she said about video resumes, “If you are looking to be hired as a graphic artist, news producer, editor, or some other production job, then a video resume can aptly show your talents better than simple words.”

But she cautioned, “In general, someone who’s expertise is not in video production, should probably stay away from video resumes since they are likely to be less comfortable in front of a camera than in an interview. They may also try to make the video memorable, and it does become memorable though for all the wrong reasons.”

There may be a day where video resumes are the standard, but it’s not today.  Currently, video resumes are largely ignored by corporations for the reasons listed above, but if your job entails any type of portfolio, a video resume that shows off your work and your personality can be a useful tool in your search for a job.

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