If you don’t have TikTok or know how it works, then you’re not going to like this.


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The video-sharing social network recently unveiled a feature that allows users to pitch video resumes to potential employers.

TikTok Resumes launched in July, and the month-long pilot was designed to help connect applicants with possible jobs at sought-after companies such as Chipotle, Shopify, WWE, and Target.

“Interested candidates are encouraged to creatively and authentically showcase their skillsets and experiences, and use #TikTokResumes in their caption when publishing their video resume to TikTok,” according to a news release.

The new feature was inspired by the #CareerTikTok channel, which is comprised of user-submitted videos touting career advice. Clips from the channel boast over 341 million views.


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“As an entertainment platform that connects people through creative content and shared interests, we were excited about the opportunity to help reimagine a historically traditional process, in a fun and entertaining way,” Nick Tran, global head of marketing at TikTok, said in a statement to Good Morning America.

“Regardless of whether we formally continue TikTok Resumes, we’re looking forward to seeing more creative career content on TikTok and how the recruiting industry adopts the idea of video resumes.”

It took 21-year-old job seeker Brianna Seaberg about an hour to cobble together a video resume.


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“I just used my resume as [a] reference and let my own personality shine through. I didn’t have to write it all out — it came out naturally,” she told GMA.

“I got about 15 plus emails or messages across my social media or on my personal email sending job descriptions, asking me if I wanted to interview, offering me roles and freelance work,” she continued.

“Creating the video was 100% worth it.”

One job coach, however, calls video resumes a “passing fad” that puts many at a disadvantage.

“I have a lot of concerns about how this will perpetuate a lot of racism and bias in hiring,” said Cynthia Pong, an author, and feminist career strategist. “TikTok resumes being a visual thing, I worry that people aren’t going to be hired because they’re a person of color, because they’re queer, trans, or gender-non-conforming, or because of fatphobia.”


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Pong added that an applicant’s status on the app could also lead to bias.

“Are they going to favor someone who has a tonne of followers and engagement on their resumes versus people who don’t?” she asked.

And let’s not forget older job seekers, who may not use platforms like TikTok that are aimed at younger demographics.

Basically, if you’re old enough to still remember the lyrics to Kesha’s hit, Tik Tok, you may be too old for the app. And if you don’t know who Kesha is, then you’re likely really too old for it.