I received few days back a candidate Video Resume who is interested for international opportunities and his skill sets was a perfect match for one of my requirements. His video resume gave me an additional bonus to make him stand out from other candidates.

The legal aspect always comes up immediately when it comes to Video Resume in North America. Employers cannot discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, and disability. The Video Resume Compliance Committee (VRCC) is still forming, and there is a hope that committee will soon create standards for Video resume services.

However, still many Job seekers are going forward for video resume and trend is likely to pick up steam. Video Resume should not be viewed as a replacement to the e-resume or a paper resume rather as an early job interview. Your e-resume presents your skill sets and explains why you are the right person for the position.

Works best for International Jobs: If you are applying for any international position directly or through a Recruiter then video resume certainly is a good option. However, Candidate must check with the hiring manager of the company about their policy before submitting a video resume. This Trend has become a hit in Asia, Europe and soon picking up in other countries.

Works best if you can carry yourself & speak well: When you are facing the camera and if you cannot show the right body language, right facial movements, verbal ticks then Video resume is not meant for you.

Works best if you are applying to Employer through a Recruiter: If you are submitting your resume on employer website directly then I would not suggest you to apply a video resume unless asked. Employers are screening applications through Applicant Tracking system to sort and rank the candidate. They don’t have time to look at every video of the candidate to shortlist them. However if you are applying your resume to a Recruiter who is authorized to submit video resume for that employer then definitely you have a chance to standout.

Some of the most popular sites for Video Resume are:- http://www.gocvone.com/ , http://www.monster.com/, http://www.hiremenow.com/ , https://www.youtube.com/, http://www.careertv.com/, http://www.careerbuilder.com/, http://www.vault.com/

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