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Have you ever visited YouTube and searched "Video Resume"? Some of the results are impressive and show super examples of professional visual bios. Others are awkward and leave you embarrassed for the creator.
After viewing many examples, we were curious as to whether or not independent contractors in the technology space could benefit from publishing a video resume. To help answer the question, we surveyed Eagle's recruiters and asked them what their immediate reaction would be to receiving such a resume. Here's what we learned:
Few IT Contractors Are Doing This Today
There wasn't one recruiter who responded and said they were already receiving video resumes on a regular basis. This could present an opportunity for an independent contractor who wants to grab a recruiter's attention and show off their creative side. As one person said: "I'd initially be surprised and a little excited to see what this person put together."
It Helps Understand an Independent Contractor
Recruiters also stated that a resume in this format could help them out and save time. Video resumes not only provide a chance to demonstrate your communication skills, but also how you'd perform in a client interview.
It Needs to Be Good
Yes, some recruiters get excited at the idea of a video resume, but they also agree that it would need to be good. As we alluded to at the beginning of this post, YouTube is full of terrible video resumes. If yours has bad production or is hard to watch for any reason, you'll lose a recruiter's attention immediately.
Video Resumes are Time Consuming to Review
When creating your video resume, keep in mind that many recruiters stated the biggest downside is the time commitment. Typically, when a recruiter receives a traditional resume, they scan it quickly to see if it has the basic skills and experience, before going in depth. A video resume does not allow this. You could help alleviate this issue by providing all of the high-level facts about your skills and experience in the first 5-10 seconds of the video.
In General, They Don't Want to See This
The previous four points may look like we're encouraging more video resumes, but the truth is, while some recruiters had positive viewpoints, most do not want to see one. Comments ranged from "it's not appropriate for our client base" to "I've yet to see a good one" to "I immediately delete them." Our recommendation is to save the time it takes to produce a quality video and, instead, put more work into a great MS Word resume. If you do want to stand out with a video, then be sure you have a great back-up written copy to send as well.