“In our department, people used to say, ‘I have 30 applications for this job,’ Now they say, ‘hey, have you seen Mary’s video?’”
Wall Street Journal: Get a Job Without a Résumé This Week
Hate filling out online job applications? Then mark your calendar. As part of an initiative called World Hiring Day on Wednesday more than 200 companies will open their applicant pools and accept video introductions from anyone interested in a role at those firms.
Carnival Corp., Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. and Marsh & McLennan Cos. are among the companies that will accept videos of applicants simply introducing themselves and describing their interests. No résumés required—just a working webcam.
Mark Newman, the founder of HireVue Inc., a video-interviewing platform sponsoring the event, said the company’s goal is to attract 100,000 job seekers to worldhiringday.org. To be included in the event, companies must promise to reply to candidates promptly—Mr. Newman suggests within three days. Some recruiters make ask an applicant for a résumé later in the hiring process.
Mr. Newman picked up the idea from Children’s Mercy Kansas City, a pediatric hospital with about 8,000 employees. Rather than seeking applicants for specific jobs, about a year ago the hospital started accepting video introductions through HireVue and matched applicants. Within three days, applicants are notified about whether they matched with a current job, or if there were no positions available.
“In our department, people used to say, ‘I have 30 applications for this job,’” said Molly Weaver, the hospital’s director of talent acquisition. “Now they say, ‘hey, have you seen Mary’s video?’” Children’s Mercy will be seeking pediatric nurses among other hires.