A video resume is a way for job seekers to showcase their abilities beyond the capabilities of a traditional paper resume. The video resume allows prospective employers to see and hear applicants, and get a feel for how applicants present themselves.
Video resumes, sometimes called Visumé  or Video CV, were first introduced in the 1980s for use and distribution via VHS tape, but the idea never took off beyond the video taping of interviews. However, with the modern capabilities of transmitting streaming video via the internet, video resumes have taken on new popularity.
With the popularity of video hosting solutions there has been much debate in the usefulness of video resumes. Most recruiters feel that a video alone does not give an employer enough information about a candidate to make a proper evaluation of the applicant's potential and more importantly skills. One article suggests that
- "While a video resume introduces applicants on camera, the value such visual imagery adds is debatable. A text resume allows for specific pieces of information to be parsed out and compared across candidates. When the information is delivered verbally, recruiters need to glean the details themselves."
CV presented on a video clip of 3 to 5 minutes can be entertaining as it will show the job-seeker as friendly and sociable person. It can be seen as first part of an interview which is to introduce oneself. It may be make it possible to reduce the interview time so that a recruiter may be able to know much more about who the applicant is. At the office interview, a candidate will be silent most of the time and will be in a listening mode. He will have very little time to ask questions and tell fully about himself. When a job-seeker has seen the company's videos and webpages and the recruiter has seen him acting on a video, both parties can arrive at a decision on the first face to face interview. The video presentation may be viewed both as a CV and a remote interview.
Video resumes can serve to facilitate racial, ethnic, class-based and age discrimination, or lead to accusations of such discrimination.
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- Time to Call Pause on Video Resumes
- "Example of a Video CV of an Executive";
- Lefkow, Dave. "What the Lawyers Think of Video Resumes"; directorofrecruiting.com, June 24, 2007
- Executive video resume in "infographic" format with short live clip. Focus on value propositions and results rather than CV recap
- Stephen J. Dubner, author of Freakonomics on video resumes
- Job seekers show rather than tell article from USA Today
- Video Resumes: Lights, Camera, Hire Me article from ABC News
- More Job Seekers Are Turning to Video Resumes from ABC News"
- Looking for a job? These startups want you camera ready from The Washington Post
- Evolution of HR from CloudRecruit.co