Have you heard about this new trend in recruiting employees? Have you experienced it yourself? It’s not really all that new. Some employers for a number of years have been asking applicants to apply for jobs electronically via multimedia formats. I have never applied using this method. This is the 21st century, so I’m not surprised this is a method that is catching on and being used quite broadly. Users/applicants are looking for innovative ways to apply for jobs, because traditional methods are not always successful.
When using the traditional, customary methods to apply for a job, prospective employers may not get to know the real you. I know that firsthand. Too often I have applied for job, only to never hear anything, not even a rejection letter/email/phone call. That’s why many video resume websites are popping up all over the place, allowing users to upload text based resumes along with a video resume companion. It isn’t enough to apply for jobs via online web-based Internet portals. There is an increase in the number of employers who want you to send a video resume or want to conduct video interviews.
The idea of video resume was created to give applicants an edge to set themselves apart from all the dozens of other applicants. I think it is an interesting, creative method when applying for a job. It can allow you the opportunity to express yourself and articulate your competencies and qualifications in ways you never could do with just text.
But, opponents have argued that these video presentations of yourself could allow potential employers to weed you out for reasons other than your qualification, such as on race or religion or disability or other traits about you that might offer legal protections. I don’t see that as an issue. Frankly, I can easily find out all of that, and much more, just from a simple Google search, and for around $10, I can get complete information about someone, including their race, ethnicity, religion, or whether or not they have a disability. So, that argument is moot.
Some companies that provide this service include: Visual CV, Spark Hire, or Resume Tube. There are others too. Like any other service, some are better than others. You’d need to take time to check them all out before deciding on one over the other. I’ve never used any of these services, so I cannot vouch for them.
Would you be comfortable submitting a video resume? I initially thought that I’d probably be too nervous and mess it all up. But the great thing about a video production – just like a movie or a television sitcom, you can record it and re-record it till you get it just right. Nobody needs to know you recorded it 12 times before you got it right.
It may not be the status quo today, but I have a sneaky suspicion that it will become the status quo. It’s the way of the future. Technology sure has changed how we do things. I remember all the times I spent hours going from one employer to another applying for work job after job, day after day, dropping off resumes, scheduling several interviews on an afternoon to make the best use of my time, going home exhausted. Now, you can apply for your job, submit the resume, and can even have an interview without ever leaving home. That’s progress.
My only worry is for those people who don’t have the proper equipment or know-how to engage an employer using this method. Anyone who lacks the technical knowledge to apply for a job this way will be at a disadvantage, even if they are the best qualified person for the position to which they are applying. But, you snooze, you lose. People need to step up their game and learn or they might miss out on some great job opportunities.