Video resume is a short video created by a candidate for employment that describes the individual’s skills and qualifications and is typically used to supplement a traditional resume.

If done properly video resumes can assist in getting a job. However, if done badly, it can not only prevent from getting a job but also embarrass a candidate. Once created candidate can upload it to different job searching website along with the traditional resume, or can create personal website and link to it.

The good:

Dress professionally like for in-person interview, keep your video resume short 1-3 min, look at the camera. Practice what you’re going to say ahead of time. Start by mentioning the name (first and last).

Discuss why you would be a good employee and what you can do for the company that hires you. Thank the viewer for considering you for employment.

Ask friends/family to review

Use the video to help the employer get a sense of not just what you have achieved, but what you are capable of achieving in the future.

Be creative, whether that’s with the concept of your pitch, use of humor, clever production values or brilliant editing.

The bad:

Speaking too fast. Unprofessional noisy background.

Don’t mix your personal life with professional one.

Don’t just create a video resume because you can, create one because it’s relevant to the job you want to do.

Don’t send a video resume to a more traditional type of company that won’t “get it.” You might do your chances more harm than good.

Don’t expect your video resume to replace your traditional resume.

Be creative, but professional.

The ugly:

The whole point of a video presentation is to offer a potential employer greater insight into you than a traditional resume can, so just reading aloud the contents of your CV is a waste of everyone’s time.

Don’t put content out there that you wouldn’t be prepared to get to public. Imagine your friends and family watching the clip. If the thought of that embarrasses you, then don’t submit it.

 In fact, many recruiters won’t even accept resumes with photos attached for fear of lawsuits. They’re worried that video resumes will invite lawsuits by candidates who could claim bias based on race, gender or age-indiscernible on paper but not on video.


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