Studies Suggest Creative Resumes And Video Resumes Aren't Effective

Studies Suggest Creative Resumes and Video Resumes Aren't Effective

In an attempt to stand out from the crowd of other job applicants, some people get creative with their resume format and/or send videos. Over-the-top resumes, however, are not a very good idea, as two studies suggest.

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Donna Svei at AvidCareerist shares these findings. In the first study, universy researchers in Norway had 90 people (half of them HR professionals and the other half students) read 12 job candidates' resumes and put them into reject, maybe and interview piles. The researchers created three resumes for each candidate — keeping the information on each resume the same, but varying the paper and graphic design elements.

The formal resume on white paper was significantly more likely than the coloured paper resume or the creative/infographic-like resume to land the interview.

The findings suggest that, at least for non-creative job positions, it's safer to go with a traditional resume format.

Donna also cites a second study, which you can read about here, that suggests paper resumes have an advantage over video resumes or video-plus-paper job applications. (Note that this study had psychology students evaluating the resumes, but the takeaway is that video resumes might not be worth the time or expense.)

Remember, you have to deal with hiring managers' resume preferences as well as resume-screening software.

Creative Resumes Get Fewer Interviews [AvidCareerist]


    When evaluating resumes to determine which candidates to interview you are trying to compare the skills of the applicants, ideally you would like every resume to be formatted identically, it is very had to not just automatically throw the different ones out. A resume is designed to present your skills, not indicate how creative you can be. The thought that always went through my mind was, "if they are being this creative in the layout, how creative are they being with their skills and experience". If I were running my own business and hiring I would just throw out the "create" applications.

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