A Video Resume May Hurt Your Chances For Employment

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To get employers’ attention, more job seekers are creating video versions of their resumes. The idea is to show creativity that can’t across on a paper resume, but being too “outside the box” can backfire. 

According to a recent study by TheLadders, recruiters spend only about six seconds looking at your resume to decide whether or not you’d be a good fit. Using eye-tracking software, researchers found that online profiles with pictures usually distracted people from looking at relevant skills.

“I really don’t have time to sit and watch a two-minute video when I can scan a regular résumé for keywords in about 10 seconds,” John Herath, director of  HR for military recruiting firm Orion Internationaltold Dawn Klingensmith at Philly.com.

In addition, sending employers a video of yourself raises other concerns, like the fact that it makes race, age and gender immediately apparent. You are now more susceptible to discrimination than if you had sent a standard resume. In fact, employers may just throw out your resume in order to avoid accusations, according to Rod Mattson, founder of Mattson Communication Training, a firm that teaches communication skills (via NWjobs.com). 

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