Jerry Crispin, Editor and Publisher of CareerXroads summarized this topic beautifully. We hope he’s laid this topic to rest once and for all. Jerry is considered the guru when it comes to recruiting issues. His books and articles are published widely. Visit them at http://www.careerxroads.com
We have frequently been contacted by companies that create video resumes, asking us to feature their services on our various websites.
Jerry summarized it well: “Video interviews, yes. Video resumes, seldom if ever.”
“We just have to comment about this Editor and Publisher article congratulating their [print] industry colleagues on adding a new feature, video resumes, to their services. Basically these publications are now educating (and charging) job seekers to make videos and post them on the publication’s site.
Before the Internet, a job seeker could circle 30 job adverts from 30 companies in Sunday newspapers, cut them out, mount each on individual pages in their journal, type 30 cover letters, print them out, stuff them along with copies of their resume and mail them all out on Monday morning expecting they would reach their destinations by Wednesday. (The cleverest job seekers bought the Sunday classifieds on Saturday and got them in the mail 2-days early!) Start to finish, it took three to four hours tops. Really!
Today, finding and applying to 30 jobs in 30 companies isn’t fixed to a specific time but would take the average job seeker the better part of three days working around the clock. (Try it if you don’t believe us, we’ve timed it). Really!
And now publishers have come up with the bright idea that job seekers would like to spend even more of their waking hours over days, weeks and months learning how to properly project themselves to an imaginary audience of recruiters? Really?
Never mind that recruiters and hiring managers would be out of their mind to spend their days watching and comparing videos of potential candidates. Video interviews, yes. Video resumes, seldom if ever.”
This was a bad idea 20 years ago and will still be a bad idea 20 years from now or at least until a meaningful method of searching and extracting content from video is found. For job seekers to upload their video resumes for employers to view is either a) one more indication of how publishers have misunderstood and misused every technology since the invention of the printing press; b) an outright scam to bilk money out of job seekers since employers won’t give them any; c) a sadist’s answer to the question “How can we waste more time, effort and money of desperate people; or, d) all of the above.”