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Survey: Most Companies Not Accepting Video Resumes

 

MENLO PARK, CA — In an increasingly competitive job market, applicants are
looking for new ways to stand out from the crowd, but a recent survey suggests
submitting a video resume may not be the answer. Just one in four (24
percent
) senior executives interviewed said their companies accept
video resumes from candidates.

The survey was developed by Robert Half International, the world’s first and
largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. It was
conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with 150
senior executives from the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

Executives were asked, “Does your company accept video resumes from
job seekers?
” Their
responses:                                                                                                                      

Yes 24%
No 58%
Don’t know 18%
  100%

Although video resumes have become more common, many employers are reluctant
to accept them for fear of bias claims from applicants. “Before submitting a
video resume, job candidates should check with the hiring manager to ensure the
company does not have a policy against their use in evaluating candidates,” said
Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International and author of Job
Hunting For Dummies
®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons,
Inc.).

While individuals do need to distinguish themselves during the job search,
Messmer points out that just getting the basics right can give someone an edge.
“Writing error-free resumes targeted to each job opening, crafting customized
cover letters that succinctly explain why you are the right person for the
position and maximizing every opportunity to network with others in your field
can often be the most effective strategies for getting hired.”

Robert Half International has more than 360 staffing locations worldwide and
offers online job search services at www.rhi.com.

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