Since it's so easy to make a video and post it on the web, you might be thinking a video resume would be a great way to stand out in your job search. Let's see, how can I say this gently? Just don't do it. Video resumes have been around for several years, but have you ever seen a job posting that asked for one? I haven't.
Here are five more reasons video resumes aren't likely to replace written resumes any time soon:
- Some employers don't have the software (e.g., QuickTime) to open video files.
- There's no standard structure for video resumes.
- Video reveals things about you that open the possibility of discrimination.
- Most companies today require online applications, and you can't apply online with a video resume.
- Hiring managers can't compare a video resume to a printed resume; they're apples and oranges.
Video resumes might make sense in certain, specific situations. If you're a professional actor or a videographer, for instance, a well-done video resume could be a great way to showcase your skills. And if you're in a high-tech industry where everything is web-based, a video clip lasting no more than a minute or two could be an effective way to present your elevator pitch.
If you decide to create a video as a means of promoting yourself in the job market, be sure to get help from someone who knows a thing or two about creating professional videos. Don't be Dave!
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