Video Resumes



Video resumes are becoming more and more popular in the world of work. As a matter of fact, many people see the video resume as a replacement for the obsolete, traditional resume. Many job sites are incorporating the use of video resumes into their applications process. A video resume is a short video created by a potential employee. The video is then uploaded to the internet for prospective employers to view.
Video resumes provide several advantages traditional resumes do not. Employers get to see communication and public speaking skills, confidence, and motivation. There are also disadvantages. Technology always has the possibility of failing and screwing up. If a network shuts down and you can't send a video resume to a interviewer, now what? There is also the challenge of making your video look as professional as possible. Video resumes also pose other advantages and disadvantages that will be discussed later on. Tips on making a good video resume, what to avoid in a video resume, why people suggest to make a video resume, and several examples of video resumes will be discussed.

Why make a video resume?

Video resume provides many advantages for prospective employees
In today’s competitive job market, video resume is an ideal tool for job seekers to stand above the crowd, as it helps to show people’s characteristics that cannot be proved well in traditional resume. Video resume can be excellent complements to traditional resume, allowing job applicants to highlight certain skills that are not necessarily translate well to paper and ink, such as communication skills, presentation skills and enthusiasm. Beside, a well designed video resume can provide advantages to jobs seekers, as it can reflect the applicants’ creativity. Especially, it can work well with some certain jobs, including IT professionals who are looking for a way to highlight their soft skills and technical skills.

Employers can get some advantages from video resume
Employers can use video resume as an effective tool to evaluate candidates’ ability. Using video resume helps employers to get a better idea about the candidates’ personality like presentation skills, speaking kills and other desired skills through their communication and body language. Video resume is effective because it is time saving for recruiters. Let’s image how much time is saved when an employer sitting in front of computer and watching a two to three-minute presentations compared to another who is sitting in the office and reading a long resume.

Tips on creating a good video resume

1. Clearly state why employers should hire YOU over other applicants: Know what your Unique Selling Proposition (USP) is, and deliver it with confidence. Think about this question. What makes you the best applicant for the job?

2. Remember not to give too much information: Remember the "KISS" Formula (Keep It Simple Silly). You want to entice potential employers to interview you. Give them just enough information to tantalize them. End with an invitation to learn more about you in person.

3. Keep the Video Resume short and concise: Don't bore the hiring manager Your Video presentation should be a short, inspiring presentation. Call the Employer to action at the end.

4. "Less is More." Keep your message between 30 and 90 seconds. The goal of your Video Resume is to get potential employers to consider you a qualified candidate and secure an interview.

5. Don’t Wing It: Think about how you want the Employer to feel when he/she watches your Video Resume. Then, write down the points you need to make to accomplish your goal and read them aloud. We all speak differently than we write, so write your "script" in a conversational tone. Your finished product should be compelling. You want to present the most professional and appropriate image of yourself as possible.

6. "Professional" Doesn’t Mean Overly Serious: A Video Resume can be unique and professional at the same time, so relax, have some fun and show your personality. You want to project your professionalism and personality with enthusiasm, so smile and deliver your message with confidence.

7. Appropriate Attire and Background: Your Video Resume is your first impression, so prepare and dress like it is an interview. Dress appropriately for your industry.
Your video will include some background that is visible in the shot. Make sure it's not something like a cluttered desk, or a dirty or damaged wall. Try standing against a relatively bare wall, or sitting in a neatly organized office.

8. Body Language: A large percentage of human communication is non-verbal, so be aware of what your body language is telling Employers about you!

9. While it's OK to use your hands to accentuate, watch out for unnecessary movements.


What you want to avoid

Video resumes are an exceptional way to express yourself, your professionalism and ingenuity to your potential employer. It is a risky move, as you want to preserve your serious, professional attitude while at the same time giving the reader a look at who you are as an individual. Of course, many people get the wrong idea and develop useless, disgraceful, and sometimes quite dull video resumes.

The first way that many go wrong is that they try to show their comical and eccentric side to their personality, which only succeeds in rendering themselves as immature and unprofessional. It’s not bad to add a little bit of yourself to your video resume, but keep it professional and relevant! Another way people go bad is that they kill the entire purpose of a video resume: getting potential employers to see your personality. Some maintain a static and flat tone, sounding somewhat disinterested throughout their entire resume. This is likely an attempt to appear professional and avoid looking too wacky; however one cannot help but become bored after watching the first minute of these videos. Your video resume should portray you as interested and enthusiastic about the position.

Make sure the quality of your video is good and that you are filming it in the right location to allow for good audio. On they posted an example of a video resume from an “Speech and Oral Communications” professional. She had a video with the worst audio due to the location it was filmed at. This makes your potential employers think that you aren’t good at your job. Always keep in mind what position you are applying for, and make sure your video resume is consistent with it. A communications and speech professional who films a video with such terrible audio that no one can understand. is doing the whole thing wrong!

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT record a long video….employers will not watch it! Its duration alone will be turn off for many employers. Chances are if you are talking this long then you are filling the time with pointless details that don’t need to be heard. These kinds of details such as your personal life, what you like to do in your spare time, etc., are unnecessary at best and a waste of time at worst.

Why some people suggest not make a video resume

You will be judged on quality. You will have to make sure the picture, sound and overall quality are high, and you will have to find unique and interesting ways to present yourself. A bad video resume can hurt you more than help you.

Emailing it won’t always work. Many employers will scan through the bodies of emails, but due to a fear of viruses or other malicious activity, might not open attachments. And given the size of a video file, it might take too long on both ends to send and receive the file.

Most online applications do not have an option for you to upload a large file, such as a video resume (if you are permitted to upload anything at all). And despite the appeal of doing so, it’s not a good idea to put your video resume up on YouTube or other video hosting sites.

They might not want to watch it. A resume can be scanned into a program to search for key words and phrases, but a video resume must be watched. And since they are usually at least several minutes long, an employer may not have the time or inclination to sit through the video.

They might not be able to legally watch it. Many companies are equal opportunity employers, meaning that they do not employ people with a bias towards race, gender, age and so on. By showing yourself in your video resume, you will be showing them what you look like, which could open the door to legal problems for the company.

It’s not always worth what you put into it. Unless you’re sending in the video resume because it actually pertains to the job you’re applying for, having a video resume might not make that much of a difference in employers’ decision-making processes. And given the time it would take to plan, shoot and edit the video, you might be getting a lot less back from all of your efforts.

It might cost more than you care to spend. The financial expenses for the camera, editing software and storage (like CD-Rs, DVDs and flash drives) might be more than you can afford.

You might get the opposite response from what you had hoped. For example:


Leo's Resume (Bad)
No enthusiasm and poor camera quality!

Really (Bad)?
This guy is dressed like a bum, I would never hire him.

G's Resume
Winner of's video resume of the year.

Micah J. Mason Video Resume
Good resume, good camera quality and graphics. The only problem is its about three minutes too long. A little shorter and this is a 100% winner.