Upwards Trend in the Use of the Video Resume
The use of video resumes is seeing a definite increase in the past several years. Although there hasn’t been as big a surge in the use of resume videos as there has been in some other job seeking trends, the use of video resumes is going up and is now fairly well accepted in many industries. There are still some fields where a more traditional resume may be a better option. Certainly, in creative fields and in areas such as marketing and sales, video resumes are a viable option. In many cases, video resumes aren’t replacing traditional resumes but are being used in conjunction with them. A video resume is a good way to generate interest in you as a job applicant and get employers to look at you more closely.
89% of employers revealed that they would watch a video resume if it were submitted to them. Although most employers have not yet used this new technology as an evaluative tool — only 17% have actually viewed a video resume – the vast majority are receptive to it. (According to thebalance.com)
Mixed Reaction of Employers to the Video Resume
Not every employer is enamored with video resumes or an infographic resume. Employers have a number of reasons for not caring for them. Some of those reasons are:
- Format – There isn’t a standard format for video resumes, unlike with traditional resumes that can be used to judge the video against.
- Time-consuming – Typically a video resume will range in length from 30 to 90 seconds. An employer may spend 6 to 10 seconds scanning a traditional resume.
- Resume comparisons – It is more difficult to view videos side by side in order to compare several applicants than it is to compare traditional resumes
- Opens the door to potential lawsuits – Some employers feel that applicants who aren’t hired will cry discrimination if they accept video resumes
Criteria for Making a Video Resume
Currently, there is no specific latest resume format 2016 for video resumes and it is basically up to the individual as to how they do it. If possible it is recommended that a professional is hired to make your video resume. It should also be kept in mind that once online your video resume may be viewed by more people than a prospective employer. You don’t want your video going viral for the wrong reasons. The following are some basic criteria that employers may expect your video resume to follow:
- Be brief – As a rule, 30 to 90 seconds is long enough.
- Professional attire – What you wear in the video should be basically what you would wear in a live interview.
- Generate interest – Consider opening with some kind of third-party endorsement, samples of your work or something else other than just you sitting there
- Show confidence, speak clearly and not too quickly – You are showing your verbal communication skills and will be judged on them.
- Don’t try to cover everything – Go with the qualifications you have most suited to the position
The video resume may never completely replace traditional resumes, but it is a good tool for business social networking, generating interest in your skills and qualification in employers.
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