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Why video resumes won’t become mainstream (part III)

September 3, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

I have covered the legality and process of why video resumes won’t become mainstream in parts I and II of this discussion, now let’s talk about who a video resume is designed to benefit (and why it most likely isn’t you).

Briefly, a review of the definition of a video resume: a video resume is a video created by a candidate and made available to an employer in an effort to help the candidate stand out.

There are 3 members of the hiring ecosystem: the candidate, the recruiter and the employer. Considering the definition of a video resume, it is no surprise that it can benefit the candidate. A candidate eagerly searching for a job will likely explore many opportunities to “stand out.” If this video resume helps the candidate gain attention in a positive way, this is a benefit.

As a side note, all of the video resume production companies that have popped up recently also benefit from video resumes because they are getting paid a handsome amount to produce these videos for the candidates.

But what about the recruiter and the employer? By definition of a video resume, the recruiter has no part in the video resume process, therefore, no benefit. The employer may benefit by getting a better view to the candidate, but this will never be more than a “one-off.” Not only is there no way for an employer to ensure compliance with video resumes (part I) but it does not make sense for an employer to view a video resume for every single candidate that applies (part II). The time added to the hiring process of viewing a 5 minute video for every single candidate that applied is incredibly cumbersome. (Imagine only being able to review 12 candidate resumes/video resumes per hour)

So it seems that the only beneficiary of a video resume is a candidate. And this candidate is creating this video resume and submitting it into a process that they don’t know will even accept the video resume. For a product to become successful it needs to benefit all parties involved in a well defined way.

While writing this article I came across another video resume article on ERE suggesting that maybe candidates don’t gain much benefit from video resumes. Turns out CareerBuilder turned off its video resume functionality because not enough candidates were creating them.

By looking at the beneficiaries – and with the CareerBuilder article, the small usage by those who are supposed to benefit, video resumes will never become mainstream.

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