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The professional resume or CV, as we know it, has been evolving for hundreds of years. First thought by some to have been invented by Leonardo De Vinci, it has morphed from over the centuries from handwritten letters of introduction, to napkin scribbles, to formal biographical outlines, to structured work history timelines and creative infographics.  [Read more on The 500-Year Evolution Of The Resume from Business Insider]

But as we continue to introduce technology into the recruitment process with parsing systems breaking down applicants into keywords and numbers, the trend of video resumes and digital profiles have brought back a humanizing aspect of the job interview process with candidates trying to find a way to stand out among the competition.

As companies become more comfortable with technology, many are experimenting with allowing different forms of virtual introduction to the job seeker, some welcoming the change, while others are resistant, preferring the tried and true methods of applicant screening they’re used to.

Video resumes aren’t new, however.  With the invention of the VHS, video portfolios had become popular at one point and virtual resumes and introductions have been gaining popularity as webcams, computers, and mobile technology have become less expensive and attainable to the everyday person.

Virtual resumes offer the chance to give some life and personality back to the application process, but they can also be doomed to fail and can live in infamy as was seen with a 2006 video by Yale student Aleksey Vayner called “Impossible Is Nothing.” Just like a traditional resume a video resume can work against an applicant.

But, there are also many stories of how job seekers have landed opportunities they would have otherwise been looked over for had they not sent in a video resume.  And, virtual resumes have been trending once again with recruiters and career coaches advising job seekers how to go about making the shift to land a job.  While job seekers might try it, it’s still ultimately an employer’s decision to accept the virtual introduction.  There’s still a chance that like a traditional resume, it will never see the light of day.

What do you think?  Are virtual resumes just a trend or will they replace the traditional (paper or digital) resume?  Is the traditional resume as we know it here to stick around as it has for decades because it’s tried and true or do we need to make the recruitment process align with where technology is headed?

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