Many companies in the economy all have a common goal and motive in mind, which is to find the best talents in the talent pool. It’s basically a rat race between employers. As the race to search for outstanding talents heats up, many job-seekers (Talents) are resorting to using different methods to make their applications stand out from the rest. One such example is using Video resumes, or visumes. This is a new weapon in the arsenal of applicants that enables employers to see how they speak and present themselves without having to invite them for an interview in person.
The number of job-seekers using Visumes are increasing every day. An estimate of 1000 candidates have completed virtual interviews and many more on the way. Some companies have requested candidates undertake some assessments that is related to the job scope. As video resumes are gaining traction over the past few years, many startup companies are tapping on this potential to capitalise on the growing trend.
Visumes were borne out of a need for an alternative to traditional resumes. Since the trend rose to popularity, the Singapore Government has given companies that encourages or work with Visumes. The usage of Visumes is popular among fresh graduates and local institutions in Singapore. Students attending local schools and institutions have begun uploading their video resumes on online platforms.
However, not everyone agrees with modern changes of traditional resumes and interviews. Many believe the importance of the old-fashioned face-to-face interviews and a well written resume is still crucial factors on deciding an applicant’s competence. Many foresee Visumes as a shallow recess in the recruitment space on the long run.
The undermining and lack of support for Video Resumes attribute to several factors such as:
- Allowing for potential discrimination against age, gender and race, raising the possibility for legal problems, since viewing these visumes would give employers a chance to view characteristics of applicants that would otherwise not be found in a traditional resume.
- Producing visumes could also be time-consuming and costly, and job-seekers might not be keen to spend countless hours perfecting their technical skills to produce a flawless visume.
Thus while the use of visumes appears to be on the rise, it will be a while before the trend gains traction. As for now, Visumes are welcomed by many while some companies have no plans to expand and adapt to the changes.