Pros and cons of video resumés

Digital communication and video becoming 'more and more the norm'
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/05/2009

The appeal and effectiveness of video resumés, for employees and employers alike, are not yet proven. The technology required, costs, concerns about discrimination and unprofessional efforts have painted the digital curriculum vitae as less of a bonus and more of a burden. But there are definitely some perks. Here are some of the pros and cons.

Time-saver: Video resumés save an employer time and money in the process of hiring people, says Mario Redicke, president of, a provider of online video resumé applications, based in Victoria. Typically, to screen just one person, HR has to scan and analyze resumés, make a pre-screening phone call and schedule an interview. A video resumé can shorten this process.

“Everything can be delivered in one package — qualifications, references, personality, demeanour and character,” he says. “Within a few seconds or minutes, a video resumé can let HR know if it should consider interviewing the person and what kind of fit he might have with the company culture.”