video resume

A video resume is a way for job seekers to showcase their skills beyond the capabilities of a traditional paper resume. The resume allows potential employers to see and hear the candidates, and get a sense of how applicants present themselves.

Video resumes, sometimes called Visumé or Video CVs, were first introduced in the 1980s for use and distribution via VHS tape, but the idea never took off beyond video recording of interviews. However, with the modern capabilities of streaming video over the Internet, video resumes have taken on a new popularity.

With the popularity of video hosting solutions there has been much debate on the usefulness of resumes. Most recruiters feel that a video alone does not give an employer enough information about a candidate to make a proper assessment of the applicant’s potential and, more importantly, skills.

A CV presented in a 3-5 minute video clip can be entertaining as it will show the job seeker as a friendly and sociable person. It can be seen as the first part of an interview which is to introduce yourself. It can make it possible to shorten the interview time so that a recruiter can find out a lot more about who the applicant is. In the office interview, a candidate will be quiet most of the time and in a listening mode. He will have very little time to ask questions and talk about himself. When a job applicant has viewed the company’s videos and websites and the recruiter has seen them acting in a video, both parties can come to a decision on the first face-to-face interview. The video presentation can be considered both as a CV and as a remote interview.

Studies have found that there is a gender discrepancy in video resumes as it is often detrimental for women to exhibit “masculine” workplace characteristics such as assertiveness, confidence, and self-promotion, while self-promotion was beneficial for male applicants.