August 6, 2008
I’m a fan of the video resume concept for sales positions. Salespeople have to interact with clients in a manner that best represents your company. The video resume provides a glimpse into this presentation ability.
Yet, according to RecruitingTrends.com, the majority of companies are not accepting these forms of resumes (emphasis mine):
Indeed, just one in four (24%) senior executives polled claim that their companies accept video resumes from candidates reveals the survey, developed by Robert Half International, a staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance and conducted by an independent research firm. When asked whether their company accepts video resumes from job seekers, 58% of responding executives state no, 24% say yes, and 18% claim they do not know. Although video resumes have become more common, many employers are still reluctant to accept them for fear of bias claims from applicants.
That is a legitimate concern from employers and on that does not have any easy solutions. Unfortunately, there are unintended consequences to government legislation. A solution to this problem would help both sales candidates and employers over the long term, but my suspicion is that video resumes will disappear instead.