The video resume is now here in the Philippines and Job Pinoy is promoting it. Video resume has the potential to change the recruitment and hiring process and for the better. But like any new product or concept that comes up, some people are a little bit reluctant about it because of their misconceptions.
Because of various reasons, some people get too reluctant to try new things, even if there is much to gain from it. The video resume offers a unique opportunity for employers and job seekers through a visual alternative to the traditional resume. But aside from change, the unknown is making them get wrong ideas about it.
This article will discuss the common misconceptions about the video resume and will disprove them accordingly. Below are the common misbeliefs about video resumes and why they are not true.
“My industry does not need it.”
False. The business process outsourcing (BPO) industry is one of the industries that can gain a lot from using the video resume, especially in terms of recruitment and hiring.
Using video resume can streamline the start of the entire recruiting process for BPOs which is the screening. Screening job applications can get boring and time-consuming and the video resume can improve that. Video resume makes screening more interesting and it can help recruitment professionals to better gauge the soft skills of a candidate.
BPO recruitment isn’t the only sector that can improve through the video resume but also industries that prioritize soft skills that match the hard skills that they are looking for, as usually indicated in their job hiring posts. Companies in advertising, events, digital marketing, engineering firms, and sales are just a few that put an emphasis on soft skills that can only be assessed through a visual medium.
“I need advance equipment to make one.”
While it is true that having a DSLR camera can produce a great quality video, you don’t necessarily need it. There are many affordable smartphones with high-quality cameras that you can use. If you don’t have one, chances are you know someone who has. You can also shoot and edit with your personal computer with your earphones, wireless or classic, to record your audio.
There are tons of editing tutorials online where you can learn to edit. Your video resume doesn’t have to have Oscars-worthy for you to convey that you are the right fit for the job.
“I’m too shy, it won’t be effective.”
Well, you are not the only one who feels this way. Being in front of a camera and uploading a video of yourself that you’ll use to apply for a job can shake a typical person. Just think of it as posting a selfie video on your social media accounts, except in a more professional setting. It’s okay to be a little awkward, the important thing is you are exploring steps to be a better professional.
The fact that you took the time to make a video resume will give the impression of you being resourceful and your openness to new ideas. And you can also re-shoot until you have your resume to your liking. You are bound to get a short video clip right if you give it your best.