I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of the video resume. There’s something about it that just appeals to me. However, in reading The New Approach To Resumes, I’ve come to realize that there are only a select few instances when you should actually make and use a video resume.
For some recruiters, the video resume is something that is cringe worthy. Nervous candidates awkwardly trying to portray confidence does not make for a pretty picture. Often times you get an A for effort, and an F in execution. According to Connie Thanasoulis (who was quoted for the linked article), the video resume can often backfire:
I’m so distracted by how awkward people look, I have trouble listening to what they have to say.
Yikes! That’s the last thing you want to hear a recruiter say.
So, if you are a charismatic speaker with the “TV looks” to match, a video resume may be a good idea. However, if you lack either of these qualities, stick with the standard resume.