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While aspirants are able to showcase their abilities better, companies can screen more candidates in a shorter period.

A picture is worth a thousand words, they say. For professionals seeking jobs and employers, visuals are worth even more. Now, many companies are open to candidates sending video resumes as they say it helps them shortlist candidates faster.

Although video resumes are not a replacement for the regular curriculum vitae (CV), many recruiters use them as a tool to gauge the candidate. According to P.V. Vasantha Kumar, Chief Human Resource Officer, A.V. Thomas and Co., while the number of candidates who submit videos along with their resumes is still low, the trend is definitely picking up. “Most recruiters are open to having video conferences with shortlisted candidates. The video resume is a step ahead, allowing candidates to showcase their strengths,” he explains.

The video allows the recruiter to see the candidate’s body language and modulation. “The video resume will also help us weed out padded resumes. When a candidate explains how they achieved a certain project in their previous organisation, we can see whether they have made it up or not,” he says.

A video addition to their resumes also helps job seekers, according to M. Sakthi Ganesh, assistant professor, VIT University Chennai Campus. Students have the advantage of being able to showcase only their positives. “Since they come up with the script on their own, they can include a number of things they would have to leave out of a regular resume, including their future plans and interests,” he says, adding that these video resumes will go a long way in creating a digital footprint for the job seeker.

R. Karthikeyan, who has been applying for jobs in the United States, has uploaded his video resume on a number of sites. “Being able to see who I am and how I talk allows employers to evaluate me better. For me, the toughest part was to come up with a good script and keep it short,” he says of his experience. It took him around five takes before he was satisfied with his video, he adds.

According to Kannan, founder of VresApp Inc, a platform for video resumes, the idea is not to rely only on the video. “The video is an important part of the application, but the written resume and certificates are also important,” he says. The VresApp portal allows job seekers to upload their video, written resume, photographs and five certificates or credentials. This will be available as a link that they can then send to potential recruiters. “In future, we are planning to allow our recruiters to ask specific questions that will be answered through the video,” he adds.

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