For the majority of workers out there, a video resume seems like a scary prospect. But when you’ve been job hunting for a while, you start to yearn for ways to stand out, a simple solution for bottling your x-factor and dousing your potential employer in it.
Enter: video resumes.
But what makes a good one? Biteable is one of the most popular online tools for creating video resumes and we’ve seen some cracking video resume examples recently.
What makes a good video resume?
A video resume (or video CV for you Brits and Aussies) isn’t a verbatim list of your accomplishments and employment history turned into an awkward movie. Paper resumes still does a good job of summing up your quantifiable achievements.
A video resume should show off your undefinable qualities and make an impression. It should convey the strengths you can’t put on a resume, qualities such as warmth, clear communication, charisma, humor, and your off-the-cuff chatter. Here are some of our favorite examples of excellent video resumes.
The internet’s best video resume examples
Before you jump into your own video resume escapades, check out some video resume examples (or CV video examples, for those of you speak who the Queen’s English), to get you inspired.
1. Targeting a single employer
Mathew Epstien didn’t get his coveted job at Google but he did interview at a tonne of high-end tech companies before finding his dream job. If you have the time, why not make a video resume for each job application?
If you have a few dream employers in mind, you can increase your chances by tailoring a video for them. This will let you be funny, serious, casual or formal as appropriate, or like this example, funny as hell.
2. Perfectly polished
You don’t have to be a video editor to create tasty visuals. Achieve polished results with a professional template. Edit this Biteable video resume template with your own content and bada bing, bada boom — you’re the proud owner of a beautiful video resume.
3. A novel format
Alex creates a scenario in this video where she interviews herself all the while showing off her editing, storytelling and presentation skills, painting the story of a determined, aware and creative young person ready to work. If you’re trying to get into the video or creative industry, this approach can show off your creative thinking.
4.Precise (and concise)
Sajita doesn’t mince words, she’s well rehearsed and speaks clearly with limited vague business jargon because she knows this isn’t open mic night at the Chuckle Shack. Get it right, get it tight. Get the key points you’d like to discuss down on paper and avoid awkward pauses.
5. Skills on display
People are busy. Kristiyan Despodov gets to the point immediately with this punchy video resume that doesn’t even show his face. He gives you an introduction to his skills rather than the full suite of abilities and shows them in action. You want to intrigue the viewer, so only show the best bits.
6. Visual prompts
A good video never drags. Use visual prompts to accompany your points rather than monologuing to the camera. Complementary video footage (whether it’s stock imagery or video content you’ve shot yourself) can work together with text to convey more emotion and break up the dialogue of your video resume.
7. Design prowess
Are you an in-front-of-the-camera or a behind-the-scenes person? Josep Maria Arroyo managed to make a video resume without actually using any video. He works his magic in post-production, formatting photography of himself into a video resume that shows off his design chops, with clean layouts and a minimal color palette.
8. Multimedia all the way
If there’s a way to include snippets of yourself actually working, do it! Laura Harris uses snippets of screen recordings to show her skills in-situ while also rattling off a list of development languages she’s familiar with. It’s a great way to emphasise your skills and will break the video up with different types of content.
9. Big on social proof
Think of it as the real life version of LinkedIn endorsements or references. Theo Ramsay’s three-minute video resume might be a touch on the long side, but including interviews with people who vouch for him is a unique element that’s not often seen in video resumes and can be quite compelling.
10. Creative showcase
Kelly Zheng says she’s not great with words so this video resume is a way to show her creative approach. It might sound cheesy but creative problem solving and self expression will benefit you in almost all industries.
Showing some creative flair in your video resume, even if it’s just a thoughtful intro screen (like the ones we make at Biteable), can add an element of polish to your video resume.
11. A conversational tone
Mark Leruste has racked up over half a million views on his funny, engaging video resume. It’s a polished piece that uses multimedia and snappy cuts really effectively, and it’s obviously very funny. But the unsung hero is the tone of the script. It’s written for video and it’s light and funny.
It can be really difficult to transition to writing scripts that will be read out loud if you’re not used to it. But a bespoke script that’s written for video specifically will go much further than anything that was written for the page. Why? Because we don’t speak like we write. To finetune that script, try reading it aloud before you get in front of the camera.
12. Cyrstal clear CTA
In just one minute, Graeme Anthony tells you exactly who he is, what he’s good at, and what he’s trained to do. Then he links you off to his website to find more information which is something a lot of people forget – you have to give the viewer a path to find out more. Even though this video is only 60 seconds, it does the job, shows flair, and gives you somewhere to go.
13. Authentic (and a song)
Erin Michael Vondrak really wanted to work at Valve so she wrote this little ditty. It’s funny, weird, perfectly tailored for the employer she was targeting, and oddly endearing. It’s a good reminder that a video resume doesn’t have to be polished to get attention, it just has to be authentic and resonate with your audience.
Is a video resume right for me?
You might be left wondering if a video resume is the right move for you. Video resumes have been a ‘thing’ for years but some industries and employers still see them as wacky.
You need to decide if a video resume can help or hinder your chances by deep diving into the culture of the industry or company you’re trying to break into.
What are the cultural expectations? What is the average hiring manager like? Are they more traditional or do they embrace difference?
If you’re trying to get into the creative field, go for it. Don’t hesitate. Tech is also an area where a video resume would be a safe bet.
For more traditional industries (such as teaching, finance, and nursing) think about what angle your video resume could take that would give you an edge over the competition. It could be as simple as introducing yourself and saying hello or demonstrating your skills in-situ.
What are the benefits of a video resume?
Well. You’re watching the video resumes of these people but how often do you sit down to read people’s paper resume? Literally never.
Video resumes are a potent tool if done well. Companies talk big game about merit-based employment, but when you’re faced with a pile of resumes that list equal achievements, awards, and all brag about conversational French, who has the edge? The culture match does. The person who will get the job done and elevate the office culture.
We don’t often let our personalities shine on our resumes but remember: there’s a person, not a robot, on the other side of the Seek link.
As simple as it sounds, that person will connect with you more by seeing your face and hearing your voice than reading your two-page, Arial, size 12 font description of your career. There’s a lot of unspoken cues you can take from the way a person speaks, moves, dresses, and the words they use that can indicate if they’d be a good culture fit.
Now you’ve seen what the competition is doing, go out and break a leg! But not really. Unless you’re applying for a job at Leg Breaking Inc. in which case carry on. Try out Biteable’s rejection-proof templates to get you started.