In this Infographic created by one of our talented Spring Interns Kyan Palmer, we’ve put together some really interesting information on the Pros and Cons of using a Video Resume on your job search. Enjoy!
VIDEO RESUME PROS AND CONS
- Connect – Video Resumes allow you to connect on a more personal level with employers. Through video, employers can see your body language and interpret emotions that aren’t accessible in a traditional resume. Additionally, video resumes can easily be uploaded to social media sites and shared on the web. A video resume creates a greater opportunity for you to land an interview.
- Visual Appeal – Creating a video resume allows you to add a visual dimension to your traditional resume. A video enables you to show yourself and allows an employer to see your personality. A video resume also allows you to visually display any awards and achievements that you have won. A video resume adds an entertainment value that a traditional resume can’t.
- Professionalism – A video resume is a great way to professionally expand upon your traditional resume. If you don’t have much work experience, going into more detail in a video will allow employers to better grasp and relate to the experience you do have. This allows you to show that you are a professional candidate and it is a great way to make sure your application doesn’t get overlooked.
- Set Yourself Apart – Employers run through traditional resumes daily, but rarely do they see video resumes. Submitting a video resume shows an employer that you are serious about the position and professional in your work. Putting in the time to create a video resume can be extremely beneficial; it will make you memorable and will set you apart from other applicants.
- Discrimination – Creating a video resume puts you on a pedestal for discrimination; you will be judged no matter how great your resume is. Also, employers concerned about Department of Labor audits or EEOC complaints may hesitate to even view your video resume.
- Employer Preference – Some employers prefer traditional resumes because they are accustomed to using that venue. Also, many employers screen resumes through the Applicant Tracking System to check for keywords, so video resumes may be overlooked.
- Difficult to Change – Video resumes can be challenging in the long-run because they are difficult to change. If you want to add something to your resume, you would have to make another video. Additionally, your resume won’t be tailored for a specific company.
- Presentation – Being on-camera talent can be harder than it looks; not everyone is a natural in front of the camera. While creating a professional video resume can be rewarding, making a poor video resume can have adverse effects and may harm your chances of getting an interview.
- Use Whiteboard Animation – This form of video virtually eliminates discrimination and poor presentation on camera. Whiteboard animation presents a professional product with voice over still displaying your personality without you having to physically appear in the video. Using whiteboard video production also makes it easier to add information to your video resume at a later date.
- Sent a Paper Resume – Since some employers prefer traditional resume over video resumes, attach a written resume along with your video resume. This allows you to show your personality through a video resume while still being able to go through the Applicant Tracking System.
- Make a Video Cover Letter – Because some employers prefer traditional resumes, sending a video cover letter along with your hardcopy resume allows you to expand upon who you are and supports your resume. A video cover letter is a great way to separate yourself from other applicants and avoid ATS and EEOC issues associated with a video resume.
Are you interested in getting started with a video resume? Our professional video production company based in Phoenix, Arizona can be your guide. Give us a call at 602-926-0036 to set up a free 30-minute strategy session.