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Video resume: the new way to stand out

The candidate who sends a video curriculum without being asked for it is attracting more attention: it shows proactivity and good communication, according to recruiters. A survey recently released by LinkedIn suggests that video resumes are gaining traction among recruiters. Conducted in the United States with human resources managers and 2,000 professionals looking for a job, the study found that, for 75% of HR professionals, a standard resume is insufficient to assess a candidate’s behavioral skills. 

Respondents also share the idea of the video curriculum as a competitive edge in the LinkedIn study. Nearly 80% of hiring managers believe that video has become more important when selecting job candidates, and 61% of those candidates believe it could be the evolution of the traditional cover letter.

62% of job seekers believe sharing more about themselves, their experience and career goals on video could help them land a job. And hiring managers agree – 76% of hiring managers believe seeing a pre-recorded video of a job seeker would be useful.

59% of job seekers believe video is becoming the new norm as part of the job-seeking process, and 41% have used video to stand out to recruiters and hiring managers.

Job seekers feel sharing a video with hiring managers would be helpful because it allows them to highlight their personality better (57%) and showcase their true self (41%).

Besides talking about the qualifications and reasons for wanting to work at that company, here are some reminders to help record a nice resume: good lighting makes the candidate’s face stand out; neutral background environment keeps the focus on the speaker; writing down what you are going to say helps the organization of ideas; talking about personal aspects is a chance for the recruiter to get to know their candidate better. 

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Source: LinkedIn