Recently I heard rumors that people are creating video resumes instead of standard resumes. Do you think that video resumes are a good idea?
That’s a tough one. Currently no, they are probably not a good idea. Before we get into why they will not be as effective, let’s recap what a video resume actually is.
What is a Video Resume?
A video resume is essentially any interactive, moving resume. That means that a video resume could be a video of you describing your work history, or it could be a PowerPoint presentation about your best features. As long as it moves on its own, it is a video resume.
Elle Woods from the movie “Legally Blonde” uses a video application to get into Harvard Law School. The video shows her wearing a bikini and floating over a pool, and discussing her work history through examples of what she did as a sorority sister. It was designed for parody, as she got into the school solely because the all-male reviewers thought she looked good in a bathing suit.
Still, it highlights some real problems – namely the ability to discriminate against the applicant long before the applicant is selected for the interview. Age, sex, race, marital status, attractiveness – these are all things that will be highlighted if you create a video resume of yourself. Though these may play a part in a job interview as well, it is easier for you to overcome this discrimination in person, especially if it is unintentional discrimination. On a video, you are not there to win over the employer. You are simply giving the employer an opportunity to discriminate.
In addition, the quality of your camera, your acting ability, and the website you use to host your video will all play a major role in how your video is received. You already have enough things working against you when you supply a resume. Why would you want to add some 100 more variables?
There is going to be a time when video resumes are more commonly accepted, so it is a piece of technology worth keeping an eye on. That time is not now. However, there may be a few potential uses. For one thing, a presentation that does not show your face may have its uses in competitive positions, but currently there is no generally accepted method of creating these presentations. Should you simply make your resume into a PowerPoint presentation? If you are going to do that, why wouldn’t you simply submit a resume?
For now, stay away from video resumes. They are a strange new way of creating resumes that does not appear to have any benefit over a traditional resume. Still, keep an eye out for the changing economic landscape. There may be a day that video resumes are more widely accepted. If we catch any word of a valuable way to create a video resume, we will be sure and mention it here.
Take Away Tips
- Don’t create video resumes