YourHRGuy.com wrote about video resumes recently, casting an overall thumbs down for them. Usually I’m the advocate of technology and doing/thinking about things differently. In this case, I’m going to go with everyone else and pronounce this one to be a bad idea.
Many people have seemed to use tired arguments about phone/in-person interviews, resume and other deficiencies in the interview process. I am well aware of the deficiencies of these methods. Video resumes don’t help. They hurt job seekers when they don’t need it. Good candidates stand out because they give me a resume and cover letter that speaks to the position I am hiring for, they are competent in their field and they show a great interest in their job and our company. Video resumes can rarely communicate that better than a resume or interview. 1
I have my own reasons. When you provide a resume, you know for a fact that you have 30 seconds to make an impression from within a very large stack of other candidates. If you are able to make that impression, then you get another few minutes. The problem is that if you send a video resume, it will set you apart, but perhaps not in a positive light. First, just getting the resume to POP up in Real Player or whatever you use will take 30 seconds. Then you have a concise visual and audio resume that can’t possibly convey your background, skills and career desires in 2 minutes let alone 30 seconds. The written resume in the hands of a professional recruiter or even a decent hiring manager is much more effective when it comes to volumes.
The video resume also conveys writing skills, a skill far more important than the ability to video yourself, although speaking skills could certainly be interesting to evaluate (but that’s what the interview is for). Today, most hiring managers and recruiters are probably going to see the video resume as an imposition, something more to spend time on that is probably not a value add. Write a good resume, do a good interview and set yourself apart that way.
- YourHRGuy.com, November 4, 2007. “More Video Resumes Aren’t The Answer.” [back]