Video Resumes  Do they really work?
By Teresa Echazabal

Let’s get real. If you are looking for a job you are not alone. You are competing with thousands of other job seekers just like you. So how do you stand out above so many other well-qualified candidates? How do you get an employer’s attention?

Some folks are sending out Video Resumes instead of the usual, run-of-the-mill paper resumes. But do video resumes work? Do they really make you stand out? Will they help you land a job?

Well, yes and no. It really depends of what type of position you are seeking. If you are looking for work in a field where looks and personality are a major factor, then using a video resume is a good way to show potential employers what you can do. Actors, comedians, dancers, personal trainers can all stand to benefit from a video resume. Potential employers can see what you look like, how you present yourself on camera and to the public, and at the same time judge the quality of your work.

People working as shooters or editors in the film and video industry often send demo reels of their work, but these aren’t the same as video resumes.

Not surprisingly, YouTube has thousands of video resumes posted by eager job-seekers hoping to land their dream job. Companies specializing in producing and/or posting video resumes have sprung up in the past few years. Among them, ReelBiography.com, a digital video branding company, that produces personal content for businesses and individuals who want to tell their personal, unique stories. They do this by producing top quality online videos designed to get the general public’s attention. Also Videoresumes.us.com, which claims to be a new way to separate yourself from the competition and take your resume or portfolio to the next level. Much like YouTube, in Videoresumes.us.com job seekers create their own video resumes and upload them to the site. Paper resumes can also be uploaded to supplement the video resume.

However, if you are looking for a job in the corporate world, it’s best to stick with the paper resume. More and more mainstream corporate employers are turning their thumbs down to video resumes. Why? For one, they are worried that a video resume might lead to a discrimination lawsuit. For instance, an older person who sends out a video resume and does not get the job can say it’s because they’re too old. Another reason is simply that a video resume takes too long to watch whereas a paper resume takes about ten seconds or less.

Video resumes can be a powerful tool for landing a job in some, but not all, industries. So don’t say good bye to the good, ol’ paper resume yet. Chances are it will be around for a very long time.

Teresa Echazabal is a freelance video editor, writer, and producer.

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Jennifer O’Rourke is an Emmy award-winning videographer & editor.

1 COMMENT

  1. As of yet, the concept of video resumes haven’t yet supplanted written ones. The best way to use video resumes are as a supplement. This gives the prospective hiring manager an opportunity to “meet” the candidate and can be useful especially if the employee is expected to deal with customers and the public. In some cases, I’ve seen employee want ads in which the employer asked for a video resume only rather than a written one for the initial screening. This was for a marketing position. The employer was seeing who would go the extra mile and be willing to use the latest visual medium to make a point.

    Having produced video resumes, I see it as vital that the production value be consistent with the candidate and with the job being sought. Job hunters should consider a professional producer for such an important effort.

    David Burckhard
    PicturePoint On-line
    http://www.picturepointonline.com

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