A reader forwarded me this email from a job applicant, which she notes was “sent after we posted a job listing with the explicit instructions to follow a link and apply through our online form”:
Here’s my video resume – it highlights my experience, qualifications, etc.:
It’s about 2 minutes, then it downloads my paper resume, references, etc. I have a lot of experience in this area. After reviewing my resume I think you’ll agree I’m the person for the job.
The reader’s comment:
A video? Really? And I have to sit through it to get to your paper resume? Is this becoming popular for real, or is it just another gimmick that people are trying?
Yeah, it’s yet another bad idea being sold to job-seekers by people who don’t hire and thus have no real idea what’s effective with employers and what isn’t. Add it to the growing list, along with “creative” resume designs, QR codes, and other gimmicks that no one who actually hires people for a living recommends.
If you take a look at the people pushing video resumes, they’re all either (a) making money in some way off of it or (b) self-appointed career “experts” with no significant experience managing and hiring (which should deny them that right to advise on any of these topics, but that’s another post).
If you feel like doing this guy a favor and simultaneously giving the bad-career-advice industry the slap-back that they deserve, I’d send him a quick note back and say, “Like most employers, we don’t accept video resumes. Please follow our application instructions if you’d like to be considered.”