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5 reasons why employers are preferring Video Resume

  • The resume constitutes the kernel of any job application. Its scope of usage is not merely limited to the preliminary stage but extends well up to the final selection, even in the resolution of tough tiebreakers. A resume is a condensate of one’s profile and yet this age-old time-tried-and-trusted-device is undergoing rapid evolution as the world keeps shrinking, at an ever-increasing pace. Owing to steepening competition and booming opportunities, resumes are being compressed, yet (or rather, hence) are expanding their horizons. No longer is a resume a mere document but is turning into an alive and dynamic career-seed. It is becoming more flexible, more versatile, and even more loaded, gaining unprecedented dimensions. To put it simply, this seeming paradox is down to the fact that the humble two-pager is widening in its utility yet becoming even more time- and space-efficient. With Moore’s Law and COVID-borne acceleration both contributing to virtualisation, every sector is experiencing digitalisation. The physical is set to soon be rendered obsolete. The resume is no exception. The incorporation of hyperlinked one-click-accessible self-introductory media files make it a holistic presenting a comprehensive overview. As a lean athlete, the modern resume has shed its bulk and enhanced its agility. The resume of the future is all about functionality and best portrayal of ones personality.

    1. Saves Time – The spirit and intent of a resume is brevity and clarity. Dense yet smooth and non-viscous Information Flow is the essence of a resume. Enabling ease of Reading and decision-making objectivity and convenience is the purpose behind the choice of the resume format as the essential screening device of any recruitment process.

    Time is currency, now more so than ever. Now, the task of parameter and criteria matching and performing breadthwise-extensive combinatorial filtration is relegated to machines. Such linear, objective, calculation-intensive, shallow but laborious judgement is left to the computer’s mechanical discretion. A human recruiter would rather choose to devote their time to deeper and manifold productive processes, those with innately human components that machines cannot discern and hence tend to look over ‒ articulation, psychology, emotional stability, and so on. To the keen, discerning eye of an experienced recruiter, a single frame of a video clip speaks a thousand words; Consequently, a single minute of self-introduction is worth ten-A4 sheets worth of textual information.

    Struggling to cope with the sheer number of applicants, in order to take a final call, more and more top-level forward-looking recruiters are relying on the short introductory video-clip format that promptly helps them simultaneously analyse multiple behavioural traits of the candidate in a loaded burst of rich, multifaceted perception and are also counting on the packing efficiency and multidimensional subjectivity of the rich media format of video resumes.

    2. Saves Effort – Recruitment is a lengthy, rigorous and dare we put it such, “tedious” process. Although most organisations are in the habit of setting aside funds, managers, and resource-allocations specifically for the task, recruitment continues to be a burden on firms, in the same way as the bulkiness of its elections burdened the world’s largest democracy. Therein lies the solution – just as the electoral machinery made the transition from cumbersome crates of unwieldy stamps and papers, the recruitment process needs to digitalise. The actuation chain of recruitment running right from prospecting and sourcing to closing and onboarding through various stages of the selection procedure is a bothersome liability and often a very wasteful exercise. Scouting and reaching out to potential suitors takes advertising, mass communication, or in-person visits to academic and technical institutions.The surmounting of various systemic requirements drains a good share of the companies’ funds allocated for recruitment – something that can be entirely avoided digitally. The manual recruitment exercise diverts the attention of non-recruitment staff as well at various levels for testing various skills, something that can be near-fully automated to spare a sizable chunk of the entire bother.

    A video resume tells a life’s story in a single minute and provides the recruiter a well-rounded pan-perspective view of the basic ethological parameters of the candidates required to check their suitability to various criteria and perform a swift, preliminary elimination. The much talked-about and sought-after ‘X-Factor’ in Candidate Profiles can easily be discerned in Video Resumes, since it presents the entire personality of the candidate. This saves effort on part of the company to conduct multiple tests.

    3. Saves Resources – Administering different testing modules requires the devotion of different facilities and faculties. Various staff and sites need to be engaged, often in coordination, in order to orchestrate a fair and reliable recruitment flow. This is draining on part of the recruiter as much as it on part of the jobseeker.

    The material cost incurred by the company during the recruitment entail a variety of expenses ranging from outreach (advertising, placement brokerage, etc.) and structural planning to dedication of special interview facilities and dynamic implementation (which include costs of power, refreshments, staff man-hours, and so on). All these provisions significantly set the company back especially if staff longevity is short and if the company operates of frequent hiring and release.

    Various departments need to get involved in order to check the candidate on various fronts. A video resume simplifies this given its accessibility and self-contained nature. It bypasses the need of having to circulate the candidate through various testing sites by packaging holisticness in precision.

    4. Saves Space – Franz Kafka’s short story Poseidon could serve as a succinct, profound cautionary tale for the control-freak micromanager, where the otherwise much-glorified Lord of the Oceans is plagued by constant insecurity of his subordinates being incompetent and messing up his work, leading him to do nothing but manage all calculations, paperwork, and accounting himself, unable to spare a single moment to exercise his awesome powers, relish his authority, or consummate the majesty within his reach. Ambitious leaders often strive to be perfectionists, but such an unflinching commitment to correctness tends to backfire if it becomes an impractical obsession with ideality. Direct participation in the recruitment is a process which Corporate bosses see as a necessary evil. They do not want to deal with hoards of candidates personally, given how many of them are incompetent but out of fear of getting a false positive or missing out on a competent, and suitable prospect owing to a false negative, tend to end up begrudgingly overseeing the entire thing. More often that not, they get intimately involved in the final stages of the selection than providing mere supervision. All of this makes the recruitment process very taxing and exhausting, ironic given that it is a front where one expects to remain enthusiastic and acutely perceptive.

    Admit it; we all hate paperwork, unless it involves creating origami airplanes, which it clearly doesn’t, in a corporate context. A video resume occupies a single line of clickable text, accessible via a hyperlink. It saves a whole lot of clutter of postage, filing, cabinets, resume sheets, accompanying documentation, and other stationery from envelopes to stamps to staples. Every HR knows the pains of enduring paper-cuts and pin-punctures during cumbersome sifting through stacks of applications. The entire anxiety and trouble can be rendered foregone by digitising the resume - each application is a few clicks away, and intelligibly so. A video resume brings all facets of every applicant’s candidature to your fingertips. This is the reason why so many HR Managers are beginning to prefer Video Resumes.

    5. Saves from Agony – The desire of "being human" and to help the needy by crossing the defined lines by a bit , has many a times put HR managers to trouble. Majority times this momentary lapse of judgement occurs because of an emotional outburst driven by the presence of an individual rather than a quantitative process. Video resume nullifies this aspect by giving the first hand feel of the personality of the candidate without he being physically present. This aspect of video resume not only saves the HR manager from the agony of being the goliath , but keeps the quantitative aspect of the first round selection process intact. More importantly, saves the candidates from the distress of being rejected just because the expectation of the organisations was different from his abilities.

    A video resume is a hassle-free tool that saves the recruiter hours of finger-scalding scouring through unwieldy bundles of filed sheets. Nothing eases readability (read sensibility) more than converting the text to the spoken word. At the core of a video-resume is organisational convenience. It serves as a readily-ingestible and digestible distillate of one’s professional persona. The sensory input-friendly virtues of the video resume are all set to soon render the conventional hard-copy resume obsolete. It is thus time for job-seekers and recruiters alike to adapt to the change, bid adieu to the hassles of old-fashioned page-flipping, and adopt the state-of-the-art of the recruitment industry.
  • July 10, 2021  by biofie content team
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