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- Video Resume: How to Make One [Examples, Script & Tips]
Video Resume: How to Make One [Examples, Script & Tips]
A video resume may boost your chances of landing a job or turn you into a meme character. Learn when to keep your creativity at bay, and when making a pro video resume makes sense.
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Stand out from the crowd, they said. Make a video resume, they said.
Get it wrong and your video will go viral, making you a laughing stock. For ages. (You know—the Internet never forgets.)
So… is it really worth it?
Well, only and only if you know how to get it right. And this is what you’re going to find out here.
This article will show you:
- Why and when you shouldn’t (or should) make a video resume.
- The pros and cons of making a resume in the form of a video.
- Examples of good and bad video resumes.
- Tips on how to make a professional video resume and share it the right way.
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Video Resume—Should You Make One Or Not?
Back in 2007 research suggested that the video resume is the future of hiring.
Fast forward to 2023—
The traditional resume is still the go-to standard for recruitment processes. Mind you, in this day and age the term traditional resume refers to a resume sent in the PDF or DOC format . Not one sent in an envelope.
Even though some say a video resume does have benefits , the universal sentiment is that a video resume is more of an oddity than anything else.
Video resumes are an interesting development, and I get very few because sending videos is not yet the way most people apply for jobs. Traditional resumes and job applications are still common practice, so it usually makes me take a step back when I get a video. I wonder exactly what I’m going to see when I press play, which makes me a bit apprehensive. I’ve seen a handful of video resumes that piqued my interest, and in every case, I’ve asked the applicant to send me a traditional resume. Ellen Mullarkey Messina Staffing
The question is: What is a video resume good for?
Does it save anyone’s time?
For one thing, it takes much longer to make a video resume than a traditional one. For another, recruiters spend only about 7 seconds scanning a single resume.
So, if the shortest video resume should last about a minute, the truth is very few recruiters would even watch it.
A recruiter can look at up to 8 standard resumes in exactly the same time.
98% of large companies use the ATS to sift through the deluge of resumes they receive.
Since a video resume isn’t a text file, it would never make it through the initial screening.
In addition, there’s no way for a recruiter to compare the candidates who sent a video resume with those who submitted a traditional one.
The recruiter would have to carefully watch the entire video resume and note down all the key information about the candidate.
There’s no time for that when you need to deal with 250+ resumes that an average corporate opening attracts.
Does the video resume help the recruiter assess the candidate's soft skills ?
Video resumes could be recorded and edited multiple times so the final version will show you exactly the way you want to be perceived. Not the real you.
If your acting skills are non-existent, you'll come across as overly artificial.
Video resumes are generally not effective since most people do not act naturally in front of a camera. The technology has been available for two decades but it has not caught on—and that’s the reason why. Plus, in order to look “good” on camera, candidates tend to be over-rehearsed to the point that they come across with all the sincerity of an infomercial pitchman. Who wants to look contrived and phony? Bryan Zawikowski Lucas Group
More than that, research suggests that submitting a video resume may inadvertently bias the recruiter’s perception of the candidate.
You could actually be hurting yourself with a video resume even if your video and content are perfect. How is this possible? The answer is very simple—discrimination. So instead of being a piece of paper describing your background and impressing us, you are now a face to go along with it. And the person looking at you may not like your looks for whatever reason. So you're opening a door that I feel is best left closed until you get to the interviewing stage. Ronald Auerbach author Think Like an Interviewer: Your Job Hunting Guide to Success
Last but not least:
Most video resumes are of poor quality.
Since you only get one shot at making the first impression, don’t ruin your chances by submitting a substandard video resume.
That said, if you have:
- a good quality video camera or DSLR
- a good quality microphone
- studio-quality lighting
- video-editing and color-grading skills and software
The quality of your video resume may be good enough.
In all other cases—
Learn how to make a job-winning resume in a traditional format.
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What Jobs Would Call For a Video Resume—Examples
Here’s the thing—
Even though video resumes aren’t suitable for the majority of candidates or positions, there are some situations in which a video resume may come in handy, for example:
- If the employer requires it.
- If you’re looking for a job at a small company that hasn’t automated recruitment processes.
- If the company itself is non-standard, and therefore likely to appreciate your effort at being different.
- If you’re applying for a position that requires directing or acting skills.
A video resume may serve as a way to customize your LinkedIn profile .
Unless you are in an industry where being on camera is part of the job, don’t do it—it has very little upside and a lot of potential downside.
Bryan Zawikowski, Lucas Group
Let’s have a look at several video resume examples:
Mark Leruste’s Creative Video Resume—Example
Youcefa el kouchi's video resume—example, valerie yvonne g’s video resume—example, léo primarda’s video resume—example.
Obviously, all of the above are good examples of video resumes.
Without experience in video making, you're very unlikely to make a half-decent video resume.
And the truth is:
The bar has been raised high by professional filmmakers and videographers who use high-quality video content to promote themselves on a variety of social media profiles.
So think twice about your acting and videography skills before you make something like this:
Or like this:
The last bad video resume example looks strangely similar to the memeable Barney Stinson video resume you might've seen on How I Met Your Mother.
The only difference is that Barney’s video resume was meant for entertainment.
Barney Video Resume
To sum up—
If you belong to the narrow group of people who may benefit from a video resume, whose acting and video making skills are up to snuff, and who happen to have good quality video gear, you may be able to make a professional looking video resume.
As a former TV news anchor, video resumes have been so important to me. I needed one to land my first job as a reporter after college. For people in news, they're called video reels. A good reel is the one way to get a news director to notice you. You'll never get a call back with just a resume! Liz Jeneault faveable.com
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How to Make a Video Resume?
Here’s some advice to help you make a professional video resume:
Video Resume Tips
1. make it relevant.
Relevance is key.
Only consider making a video resume if it’s relevant to the position you’re targeting, and it can actually boost your chances, rather than subject you to ridicule.
2. Draft a Script
Your video resume needs a script to help you control its structure.
Think carefully about what it is that you want to communicate to the recruiter. Write down what you want to say, and make sure your script has a natural, conversational flow.
Don’t read your video resume script out though as it will sound unnatural.
We don’t speak the same way as we write.
Pro Tip: If your intention was to read your entire resume aloud, well, there’s really no point in making a video resume whatsoever.
3. Shoot High-Quality Video
HD has become a standard in video quality.
Double check your video gear to see if it can capture good quality HD image. Make sure the image is sharp and stabilized.
Use a tripod or gimbal to avoid shaky footage.
I would say video resumes work best for certain professions, mostly people-facing roles such as sales. If you decide to go this way, make sure the video is very professional in terms of how you present yourself and, importantly, how it is produced. You could be well-dressed, qualified, and articulate but a poorly produced video will tank all your chances of securing the job. Chris Chancey ampliorecruiting.com
4. Choose the Right Background and Lighting
Use a softbox to light your face. If you don’t have one, sit in front of a bright window on a sunny day.
Make sure the background is distraction free. You wouldn’t want to show your messy room to the world, would you? It’s perfectly okay if you stand in front of a brightly painted wall, for example.
If you prefer to shoot outside, look for a secluded area. You don’t want other people's conversations or street sounds to drown out your voice. And choose a good shotgun or lavalier microphone.
5. Give Yourself Time
It rarely happens that you’re happy with the results after the first take.
Don’t get discouraged.
Keep shooting. The more footage you have the more likely you are to find something you’re really happy about.
6. Keep Your Audience in Mind
Before you say anything in the video—
Learn how to introduce yourself professionally .
Tell the recruiter something about yourself but keep it short.
Try to express as much as possible in as few words as possible.
Focus on what’s important for the employer.
In other words, tell them why they should hire you by referencing your:
- Key achievements
The employer wants to know how they will benefit from hiring you.
So make your message clear.
Speak clearly and succinctly. Use short sentences and strong action verbs . If you can’t produce a fluently flowing sequence in front of the camera, make pauses between sentences and cut these pauses out later on when editing.
Pro Tip: Look at the camera lens. This is how you make eye-contact with the recruiter.
7. Look Sharp But Be Yourself
Especially on video.
You must look professional. If you don’t know what this means in practice, read our guide on what to wear to an interview .
And be yourself—
Try to act as natural as possible.
If your video interview does manage to land you an interview, your true nature will come across anyway.
And you don’t want the recruiter to discover you’re not the person they know from the video.
How to Edit a Video Resume?
Once you’ve got the footage for your video resume, you must put it all together a.k.a. edit the video.
There are a lot of options to choose from .
And the truth is—
There’s no single best solution. To each his own.
You can do some basic editing with free video tools that come packed with your operating system.
If you’re using Windows this is Video Editor. On a Mac, use iMovie.
If you’re looking for a free and versatile tool that will enable you to create a professional looking video, you might want to check out Davinci Resolve .
How to Publish Your Video Resume?
YouTube is your best bet.
The platform offers its users free video upload.
The only thing you need to do is click on the camera icon in the top right corner and then select Upload video .
If you don’t want your video to be publicly visible just change its visibility settings to Private . This way, your video will only be visible to people with the link.
On the other hand, if you want to share your video resume with the world, set its visibility to Public . Now, everyone will be able to see it and you can display it on your LinkedIn profile .
Just start writing a post, and paste the link to your video.
Add your video resume to your profile:
First, click on the Me icon in the top right corner and choose View profile .
In the About section, click on the blue pencil icon in the top right corner.
Now, you can either upload your video resume to your LinkedIn account, or add a link to your video resume hosted on YouTube.
This is it.
Now get ready for an interview. Make sure you don’t come in underprepared and read our guide: Common Job Interview Questions & Answers [Top 35 Samples]
Plus, a great cover letter that matches your resume will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here. Here's what it may look like:
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Here’s how to make a video resume:
- Decide if you really need a video resume. Most of the time a traditional resume will work to your advantage.
- Video resumes are still regarded as an oddity in the vast majority of job-seeking scenarios.
- That said, a handful of creative or client-facing positions may be suitable for submitting a video resume. Especially within small companies.
- See to it that your video is produced professionally and has a high-quality image.
- Finally, double-check if you really, really need a video resume.
Do you have any other questions about making a video resume? Would you like to share your experience? Give us a shout out in the comments below. Always happy to help!
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How to create a Video CV
In 2019, many people released the trends that would be on the job seeker scene in the next year. However, many have been popular amongst some jobseekers for a while. One method that has been talked about most recently is Video CV’s (VCV).
CV’s are now turning into videos because people want their CV videos to stand out amongst the noise of applications. The opportunity to show a bit of personality to potential employers means you can give them a glimpse of the person behind the CV, which video allows you to do perfectly.
Presenting yourself over video can be a very daunting situation which you probably don’t feel 100% comfortable with doing. Not all job roles require you to send video CV’s, especially if its a government job which has a protocol on how you apply for a position. Positions that don’t state about how you apply, then its a chance for you to use your creativity and make your application stand out with a video.
Before you press play
Before the video starts recording, it’s probably best to have a few test runs. Write a guided script with what you want to say or test run your video in front of people beforehand. Practise what you are going to say and maybe make some tweaks to improve the video.
Also, don’t forget body language is essential too. Take note of where the camera lens is and try to maintain eye contact.
How to record a VCV?
Today it is straightforward to use the technology that you use daily. Whether that be a mobile, laptop or tablet most of these devices have excellent capabilities to record a good quality video. Mainly you need to focus on your surroundings and yourself to create a video.
Make sure you’re set up, and the environment is not too busy, meaning your background is clear with no distractions, even from the daily activities that go on around you.
Another thing to think about is how you are presented, considering people will have their first impressions of you on camera instead of paper, it’s important to set a dress code for yourself. Because you are going to be on camera, it’s best to wear block colours instead of patterns because this can be distracting. Also dressing smart can give off a good impression.
How to edit a Video CV?
After recording the video, you may want to edit parts to make the video run seamlessly. Software like iMovie, Movie Maker and Adobe premier is great to input transitions and make edit cuts; there is also other free video editing software around. If you’re not entirely familiar with how to use these programmes, then there is always short tutorials to make the simple edits that you need.
How to send a Video CV?
As video files are usually too big to send over email, your safest bet is to use a video hosting site. YouTube is probably one of the most popular and most reliable ways to host your Video CV. Once you upload the VCV, you can send a link to the video on the email.
It is possible to send your CV directly over email, but you need to consider how the file is saved and what size the file is.
Uploading CV Video
If you do choose the method of uploading your VCV to a hosting platform, then you need to make sure the way you upload your Video CV is clear and correct. Ideally, you should give your video CV a simple title. An example would be to include your name, ‘Video CV’ and the job title.
Remember what most employers are looking for is personality, creativity, intelligence, and effort. Because video is still so new in CV form, companies will just be impressed that you have put effort into creating a VCV for your job application. Additionally, it is an extra opportunity for why you would make a great addition to the companies team.
If you’re presenting yourself with confidence, you can pull off pretty much anything – Katy Perry.
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CHICAGO ( NewsNation ) — There are a lot of myths surrounding resumes, like what sticks out and what doesn’t — does yours need to be creative or is basic better?
Recruiters have said that creative, bold, and busy resumes only work in some fields. Standing out sometimes is as easy as making a simple resume.
“Give it to us straight” is the golden rule most employers follow when searching for the perfect candidate. It’s a rule that Stacie Haller, resumebuilder.com’s chief career advisor, can’t stress enough.
“We cannot take the time to try and figure you out,” Haller said. “I want to find the material quickly about you, enough that I know I want to meet you. If you make me work for it, I have 100 other people to look at.”
Recruiters said candidates have a short window to grab an employer’s attention. In most cases, it only takes about six seconds to intrigue an employer enough to get an interview.
“That’s why the format needs to be very clean. That’s why the information needs to go where everybody knows to find it,” Haller said. “Then, very upfront, in those first two bullet points, you need to have the most compelling reasons as to why somebody wants to meet with you.”
So what about personal websites or even LinkedIn — how much do those matter?
Haller said LinkedIn plays a bigger role in getting you an interview than you think.
“You cannot have an effective job search without having a very professional and compelling LinkedIn profile,” Haller said. “What happens is if somebody gets your resume first, they want to go to your profile and make sure you have a professional picture, make sure the information matches, are the jobs and the dates the same — are you telling me the same story.”
Haller’s biggest tip: Link your LinkedIn profile to your resume, even via a QR code, especially if you have a common name because an employer isn’t going to take the time to search for you on the platform.
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How to make a video resume: top tips and inspiration.
👉 Applying for a job with a video resume is a great way to make yourself stand out from the hundreds of other candidates. But if you want to impress, then you need a high-quality video. We’ll guide you through how to make an engaging video resume with some of our top tips.
Hunting for a job is all about standing out. With the ability to search and apply for jobs online, one position could get hundreds of applicants. If you want a chance to get called for an interview, then you need to leave a good impression on the employer.
One way to distinguish yourself from the other candidates is with a video resume. Creating a video lets you show some of your personality, as well as your skills and experience. In this guide, we’ll give you some of our top tips for making a video resume, plus excellent examples of video resumes to help inspire you.
But first, what is a video resume and why should you make one?
👀 What is a video resume?
A video resume is a short video clip of a job candidate seeking employment, in which they give a brief overview of their skills and relevant experience. A video resume, like a paper resume, highlights what makes you stand out and why you’re suited to the position you’re applying for.
A paper resume is a quick snapshot of you as a potential hire, and most hiring managers won’t spend more than six seconds glancing it over. A video resume should be similarly short and to the point — anything longer than two minutes will lose your audience’s attention.
You can use a video resume as a supplement to a paper resume, to make yourself stand out from the competition. They’re especially useful in creative professions to show off your presentation skills and creative talents.
🤓 Why would you need a video resume?
A video resume provides much deeper insight into you than a piece of paper ever could. Hiring managers schedule interviews with potential candidates to get a sense of their personalities by speaking with them face-to-face (or over video call for remote interviews).
By making a video resume, you provide a peek into who you are and how you communicate the very first time the hiring manager sees your name. A video resume makes you memorable.
In addition to distinguishing yourself from the hundreds of other applicants, you can use a video resume to show off performance-based skills. Acting, teaching, and presenting are all on display with a solid video resume. If you’re applying for a client-facing role, such as a salesperson, a video resume can also show how well you do with people.
While a video resume can have a positive impact on your application process, a poorly done video can tank your chances of getting a callback. If you want your video resume to catch an employer’s attention — in a good way — then you need to do it right.
✅ How to make a good video resume: 8 tips
Want to make a video resume that employers will take note of? We have some top video resume tips for you, so your video shines rather than crashes and burns.
1. Write a script
You invest some time into creating the perfect paper resume, so you shouldn’t expect to finish your video resume in one take. You can make the process easier by writing a script. Take the highlights from your existing resume and put them in narrative form. Mention your relevant skills and why they’d be valuable to the company.
Next, mention previous experience. Include hard numbers when you can — you oversaw a team of twenty people, contributed to a 60% boost in sales, etc. Talk about your education if you think it’s important as well. Finally, rehearse and fine-tune your script. Make any adjustments so that it flows naturally while you’re speaking.
2. Tell your story
A video resume gives you a chance to do something a paper resume can’t: tell a story. With a paper resume, a hiring manager attempts to piece together a whole person from the text on a page. A video resume allows you to share something from your background that connects with the employer.
Put your skills and experience into context by creating a story around them. Don’t make a video that is simply rattling off a list of achievements.
3. Keep it brief
Video resumes shouldn’t take up too much of the hiring manager’s time. You’re not going after views on YouTube, you’re presenting your candidacy for employment. Keep the video to between sixty and ninety seconds , and definitely don’t let it pass two minutes.
You can get your timing down by recording yourself practicing your script and cutting out parts that seem extraneous.
4. Provide a CTA
At the end of your video resume, let the viewers know what they should do next. How can they follow up with you? Do you have a portfolio website they can visit or a LinkedIn profile to look at?
If you post your video on a platform like YouTube, rather than sending a video file directly to the hiring manager, you can include a link in the description.
5. Use good lighting
If you want your resume video to look professional, you need decent lighting. You don’t need a high-tech camera, as long as you light your video properly. Avoid standing under direct lighting, as this casts harsh shadows over your face. Take advantage of natural lighting when you can, by sitting in front of a window with the camera between you and the window.
A common video lighting setup includes a key light, fill light, and back light. Using three lights helps ensure you remove any shadows. You can read more about how to pull off excellent video lighting in our guide .
6. Select reliable audio and video sources
For a higher-quality video, use an external mic and camera. Your video will look decent with a standard webcam and good lighting, but you can upgrade to a DSLR camera if you want top-notch quality.
For a microphone, you can choose a standing/shotgun mic or a lav mic . Standing mics are typically either USB, which plug directly into your computer, or XLR, which requires an audio interface to use. You don’t want anything in your video to distract from you as the main focus. So using a clip-on or lav mic might be a better choice than a standing mic.
7. Boost your on-camera confidence
If being on camera is unfamiliar territory for you, then take the time to rehearse and build your confidence. Practice your script in front of a mirror, noting your body language and facial expressions. Remember to keep your posture upright, try to relax your neck muscles, and hold your shoulders back.
The day you shoot the video, get a good night’s sleep so you don’t look tired, and drink plenty of water. When filming, look into the camera, so it appears as though you’re making eye contact with the viewer. Wear something you would normally wear to an interview as well.
For more tips on preparing and building confidence on camera, check out our guide .
8. Make a professional video resume
Of course, you want your video resume to look professional. An external mic, webcam, and good lighting are a great start, but you can also use webcam software to add more professional quality to your video.
With Restream Studio , you get all the power of webcam software without having to download an app or program. Our browser-based live streaming solution lets you switch to “record-only” mode, so you use all of the Studio’s awesome features — like custom graphics, playing local videos, screen sharing, and copyright-free background music — to create a polished video resume.
🔥 Awesome video resume examples
Need some inspiration for your video resume? These examples provide some excellent ideas for how to pull off your own video.
“The Interview Thingy” – VIDEO CV
In this video , Alex structures her CV more like a job interview, portraying both herself and an “interviewer” who asks her questions about her experience. She incorporates voiceover, animation, and photos but manages to make a simple, entertaining, and informative resume video.
Short Video Resume by Saji Nair
In a 90-second video , job-seeker Saji Nair presents herself, her experience, and her related skills and then sums up why a company should hire her. She keeps the video professional with a plain white background and good lighting.
In an intro video to his CV, Graeme Anthony gives a quick explanation as to why he’s making a video rather than doing a paper CV. At the end, he includes links to his important information, including an “About Me” page, a portfolio, a skills page, a timeline, and contact information.
CV Video - Aurora Puriqi
Aurora Puriqi’s CV video is engaging and informative, as she gives a full rundown of her prior experiences, complete with images and videos of her old projects. She presents her experience as voiceover narration, on her way to an interview, which breaks up the monotony of her just talking about her experiences.
Motion Graphics – CV
Kristiyan Despodov took a different approach to a video CV by showcasing his design skills. He’s created more of a portfolio video than a CV, which is an excellent choice for someone in a creative field like graphic design.
Best Video CV Ever – Mark Leruste
Mark Leruste’s funny CV video has a conversational tone and uses lots of engaging visuals to keep you hooked as he’s talking about his experiences, interests, and skills.
Let’s wrap up
Making a video resume rather than a traditional paper one can get you noticed by hiring managers. If you’re in a creative field, you can also showcase relevant skills by presenting a video. If you stick to our video resume tips, you should be able to create an engaging, informative video. And if you use Restream Studio to make your video, you can take advantage of all our great features to ensure your video is high-quality and professional. Good luck on the job hunt!
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1. Write a script. You invest some time into creating the perfect paper resume, so you shouldn’t expect to finish your video resume in one take. You can make the process easier by writing a script. Take the highlights from your existing resume and put them in narrative form.
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