Is Video Resume the next Job-achieving Tool?

Video resume

Most of the process that is involved in recruitment is already digital. Right from searching a job, building a resume, and applying for the job, everything is digitized. So given the pace with which the entire process is being digitized, it wouldn’t be a surprise if companies start accepting video resumes. The present practice of submitting a resume on a paper format may be extinct sooner or later. Video resumes are accepted across specific industries but is not a wide-spread practice. Though they have advantages, there are also some shortcomings as most of the populace are devoid of services such as a high-speed internet and the necessary inputs.

What is a video resume: A video resume is a tool that can be used to demonstrate skills and abilities that cannot be portrayed effectively on a paper resume. It involves creating a 3-5 minutes video clip that succinctly demonstrates the key aspects of a candidate’s career profile.

Why can it be a good option:

  • Credible evidence: Career publisher Vault Inc.’s report points out that 89% of the employers revealed that they would watch a video resume if submitted to them.

Along with that, there is anecdotal evidence, which points that the companies that operate in a creative field such as art, design, and media are increasingly becoming more open in embracing such ideas. So, the above survey points out that recruiters are willing to accept the shift from traditional to digital resumes even if the practice is yet to be prevalent across all the industries.

  • Catapulting a candidate profile: Even if video resumes won’t completely replace the traditional resumes in the short-run, they can be an effective tool in enhancing a candidate’s profile. Video resumes offer the candidate a chance to demonstrate his/her skills in a more comprehensive manner than the traditional resume, as the latter is looked by recruiters for 6-7 seconds before any decision is made. So a video resume lets you speak for yourself and directly address the core areas which the recruiters usually consider while selecting a candidate.
  • Cut to the chase: A creatively crafted video resume that gives a proper introduction of the candidate, and a comprehensive overview of his/her work profile can be beneficial for him in the interview. As the recruiters would be wary of most of the details, it will possibly reduce the interview time.

Concerns and criticisms:

  • Unfair advantage: It is believed that a video resume can give candidates an unfair advantage over the ones that use a paper resume. There are no particular cases where such a situation has occurred, but if it does, companies might not resort to using this option, and digital or video resumes might fail to prevail in the long-run. Also, a video resume can reveal a person’s ethnicity thereby making the recruiters prejudiced towards them.
  • Skepticism: Even if video resumes can be effective, it can take a lot of time before companies start accepting them as most of the recruiters still feel that it does not give them enough information about the candidate to make a proper evaluation of skills and abilities.
  • Gender discrepancy: A study published in the ‘International journal of selection and assessment’ by Marie Waung states that “high level of self-promotion in a video interview can be ineffective for men and potentially detrimental for the women.” The study specifically points out that women who exhibit characteristics such as self-promotion and assertiveness in the video interview are susceptible to rejection, thus making room for gender disparity.

The idea of video resumes is widely being discussed in the human resource fraternity. Even though the they seem interesting on various fronts, little is known about their effectiveness. There are individuals who foresee this as a seminal innovation while there are naysayers who consider it to be more of a bane than a boon. So given the dynamics that are at play, further research is the only way that can give us the credible insights.

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