Over the past few years, job hunting professionals have attempted to produce and distribute their own video resumes online. While their drive and innovation does merit a nod, using a video resume can introduce a host of unwanted issues and unforeseen downsides. Using video is by far the most powerful media one can use to distribute their message. However, pairing the job search and interview selection process can prove challenging in both the message (i.e. your video resume) and the distribution method.
Company recruiters and internal human resources departments each have their own employee selection process defined by the company policies, and federal and state employment laws. While using resume videos as a marketing tool may allow you to standout in a sea of applicants, getting anyone within a company or organization to view your video resume can prove challenging. Then there is the follow up. If someone views your resume video, what follow on actions are required by the employer or their recruiters to contact you?
If you are considering a video resume or using video to promote your career consider the following:
A video resume has all the appearance of a great idea in the beginning but most professionals will quickly learn how difficult the distributing process can be. Uploading a video to YouTube is easy. Getting HR or recruiters to take the time to review your video can pose a challenge. Ask yourself, can you honestly describe your entire qualifications, skills, education, and professional background in a 1 to 3 minuet video?
In three minuets, a human resources administrative assistant can sort through and initially qualify several resumes vs. watching one video resume. The question you need to ask yourself is, not how to do you compete with other potential job applicants, but how do you compete with a recruiter or HR’s time constraints?
Unless you have strong communication skills and charisma, video can backfire by taking attention away from your overall qualifications and skills and making you less of a candidate. You maybe highly skilled in your profession but your ability to dazzle your viewers are not consistent to your expertise. Would this detract from your ability to get a job?
Employment Law and Legal Questions:
Using video can introduce several potential legal ramifications not often considered in the initial resume review job applicant selection process. You are no longer a blind resume. You are now face to face with the employer or recruiter when you submit a video resume to them. The potential for discrimination on age, gender, race, or sexual orientation maybe more likely with video then a written resume.
The idea of a Video Resume uses as a career marketing tool should be more clearly defined. In fact, a more accurate term would be a Video Cover Letter or Video Summary. Let your written resume provide the bulk content of your qualifications and in our opinion, video should be used only as a supporting supplement.