In today’s increasingly competitive and online-savvy marketplace, a video resume can help you stand out.
It’s not the best fit for every industry or culture. In the US, some employers avoid them because they worry about discrimination lawsuits. On the other hand, some newer global companies have made them a part of the application process.
Can a video resume help you get the edge you need to land your dream job? Let’s find out.
What is a video resume?
A video resume (or video CV for you Brits and Aussies) isn’t a list of your accomplishments and employment history turned into a movie. Paper still does a good job of summing those up. It’s a short video that shows potential employers the value you can bring to their company and helps you make an impression that reaches beyond the page.
As more companies focus on creating a team culture built on shared values, creating a custom video gives you a chance to make a great first impression.
Is a video resume right for me?
While video resumes have been around for years, some employers still see them as avant-garde. You need to decide if a video resume can help your specific job application. How do you know? It depends on the type of job you’re trying to land.
Before you start working on yours, research your industry and company. Learn more about their culture and expectations. What are they like? Are they more traditional or do they embrace new tech? Are you applying for a job in a creative field? Not everyone embraces new developments at the same speed!
Video resume examples
What better way to decide if this is right for you than by picking up a few video resume tips from candidates who landed the job? We’ve compiled a list of some great video resume samples below:
This is a perfect example that exceptions can win the game. Nick is a software engineer from a small town looking for a big job. He is personable, likeable and understands the nature of good storytelling. Nick uses the video to show potential employers his software at work in the real world. Proving its usability and adoption gives us strong social proof that this guy knows what he’s doing. What he lacks in specific industry experience he makes up in real world knowledge. The video includes clickable links to his portfolio and resume, making it easy to get in touch.
Fresh out of high school and looking to break into a creative field? Alex shows off her editing, storytelling and presentation skills in this video, painting the story of a determined, aware and creative young person willing to do the work. Would this style of video work if you were applying for a job at a law firm? No. But, for entry level creative work that requires strong foundational skills with room for growth, this video resume hits all the marks.
Working in marketing requires quite a few skills that can be hard to put on paper! You need a sense of humor, creativity, storytelling, brand awareness and media skills. Mark shows off all of them, using concrete examples and weaving humor throughout. The video is a great fit for what he is looking for — a job at a creative agency.
Three resumes. Three very different fields and filming styles. All three prove their value to the viewer by using their video resumes to show their skills.
How to make a video resume
How do you avoid internet infamy and create something potential employers (and your grandma) would love?
SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD DO
- Draft a script. Get the key points you’d like to discuss down on paper. Don’t use vague phrases like “team player” and “detail orientated.” Show the viewer you’ve got the skills by using concrete examples of what you’ve done.
- Create with your audience in mind. Who’s going to see this video? What problems do they have? How can you help solve them? Show the viewer why you’re valuable and why they should have you on their team.
- Keep it short. People are busy. Get to the point quickly while keeping it engaging. Stick to 60 to 90 seconds.
- Play to your strengths. Are you an in front of the camera or a behind the scenes person? Choose a video format that works best for you and that helps you put your best foot forward.
- Use quality equipment. If you decide to stand in front of the camera, use a good mic and camera, light the scene properly and film somewhere quiet.
- Slow down. Most of us have a tendency to speed up when we’re nervous or uncomfortable. Slow down. Remember, you can take as many takes as it takes (now say that three time fast.)
- Include relevant links. The video resume grabbed their attention. It’s time to bring it home. Include links to your resume, your portfolio and relevant social media channels.
- Be yourself. Working for a company is a two-way street. You need to fit well together. Breathe, relax and be yourself. Easy, right?
PLEASE DON’T DO THIS
- Film in your pajamas. This is your first impression, make it a good one. Dress and present yourself like you would in an interview.
- Sound like a robot. Don’t read off the script or list off all your achievements in a monotone voice. Keep the viewer engaged or you’ll lose them and the opportunity.
- Parrot your resume. This is your chance to show why you are a good fit and highlight the skills that can get lost on paper.
- Make something you don’t want others to see. This is the internet. Don’t put something out there you don’t want your mom or your friends (or your enemies) to see.
- Exaggerate your achievements. Be honest about your skills, your experience and what you bring to the table.
Looking for a video resume app? Meet Biteable.
If you don’t have the equipment or editing skills to create a resume video, or you want to try a different technique, Biteable can help. You can use one of our video templates below to put together the perfect resume.
Video resume templates
Or, you can jump straight in and use either our Video Resume template or our Personal Explainer Resume template! To make your video stand out, use concrete examples. This is the time to get down to specifics and show the viewer how you can get the same kind of results for their company.
Ready to make the best video resume ever?
When you create something and post it on the internet, you need to be prepared for the chance that a lot of people may see it. So, when you create your resume, make sure you’re OK with that before hitting that upload button.