In this job market, one of the most important elements of your job search strategy is finding a way to make you stand out from the hundreds of other applicants in your industry. This can be a difficult job to accomplish when you’ve only got a cover letter and a resume to speak on your behalf. It’s because of this issue that video resumes have risen in popularity in recent years. The question is, do they truly help the applicant stand out?
A study conducted by HireMeNow.com surveying 300 H.R. and business managers, found that 83% of those surveyed were willing to view a video resume while searching for potential employees. Of those surveyed, 78% said that a video resume should be less than 2 minutes long, indicating that the video resume would serve more as an introduction than as a replacement for a traditional resume.
Still, the amount of sites and apps designed to help users design their own video resumes continues to grow. Some sites aiming to match users with internship positions are even making video resumes a requirement.
Here at lonelybrand, we place more importance on LinkedIn profiles than paper resumes when searching for new employees, but the video resume hasn’t drawn us completely away from LinkedIn’s version of the traditional CV.
Has your company embraced, or even required, video resumes? Do you suspect that they will become more commonplace in the future? Share your thoughts with us! And if you’re looking to hire like a boss in the digital age, check out lonelybrand’s tips!