Con: Video resumes don’t provide exhaustive information
An industry standard resume for most mid-level job seekers is between 800 and 1,200 words, and for executives it’s between 1,200 and 1,600 words. Despite being relatively new, the video resume has also developed an industry standard: two to three minutes.
It doesn’t take a mathematician to figure out these numbers don’t correlate. Unless you’re a rapping superstar, you can’t reasonably speak 800 words in one minute.
The average human can only comfortably say 125 to 150 words per minute. It’s not wise to try increasing this rate, because you’ll sacrifice the invaluable advantage of showing your personality in a video resume and instead portray an ill-advised effort to prove how fast you talk.
Plus, video resumes lack the structure and pattern recruiters recognise so quickly in text-based resumes. The traditional resume presents a professional summary, full career history, skills section, education and qualifications, and potentially other sections such as references and/or awards.
The video resume only has time to focus on your introduction (the professional summary in the text resume), and all these other sections are usually forgotten.
With less information in a video resume, it’s hard to justify using them as complete replacements.
Unfortunately, there’s also another problem afflicting the video resume.
Despite presenting less information, the video resume actually demands more time from your recruiter. A text resume can be scanned and its most relevant information digested within 30 seconds — some say six seconds.
A video resume, meanwhile, is a lot longer, at two to three minutes, unless the Hiring Manager skips through after a brief view.
(Quick tip: that’s why your video resume should jump straight into the important information. Your face should be seen within the first three to five seconds, and stunning but irrelevant special effects can be reserved for later.)
Video resumes can’t replace the most valuable part of the text resume — presenting an overview and selected details of your career. They only give a snapshot.
At higher levels, companies will find it hard to justify giving you an exorbitant salary if all you have is a bright smile, no matter how beautiful it is.