5 Video Resume Tips Recruiters Want You To Know

In our last blog post, we told you a little bit about the video resume and who should potentially use one if they’re looking for a little something extra they could do to stand out. If you’re thinking that this tactic might increase your chances of getting noticed and you’re interested in learning how to go about making one, here are a few tips to make a successful video resume!

  • Treat it like an interview

Dress professionally, talk professionally, and above all, act professionally. Employers are NOT going to want hire someone that isn’t taking their video seriously. Treat your video resume the same you would treat an interview! Also be sure that you’re filming in a professional and appropriate setting. Sit at a desk or in front of a blank wall/screen. You don’t want your viewers to be distracted with a noise in the background or any clutter around you.

  • Keep it short

You are ENHANCING the resume you already have. Do NOT just simply read off your resume to a camera. Tell your viewers about something that isn’t on your resume, or expand on a point that you may have listed on it. Don’t just tell them what you might of achieved in the past, but what you are capable of achieving in the future (with their company). Aim between a 30 second minimum and 2-minute maximum to avoid excessive and unnecessary information.

  • Be creative

If you are capable of adding in visuals post production, go for it! Show of your skills with your video. As seen in one of the extreme examples mentioned in our previous post, you could be outrageous in your approach or keep it clean and simple; the choice is ultimately up to you and the type of person you want to come across as. A rule of thumb with this is typically: the more creative of a job it is, the more creative you can be with your video.

  • Write a script and PRACTICE

Like you would with most speeches, make an outline of some sort so you know what points you want to cover in your video. More importantly though, be sure that you practice a few times before actually filming it: this will help both with your delivery and the effectiveness of your content.

  • If you don’t have the resources to produce a quality video, DON’T make one.

The last thing that you want to do is submit a video that looks like you recorded it off of a flip-phone (remember those?). If you’re going to make a video, be sure that you are putting in as much effort as you would for a traditional resume or an actual interview. Check out this video just for some reassurance on the fact.

Here’s what some people are saying about them..

Mike Ramer, president of Ramer Search Consultants—a professional recruiting firm specializing in the financial, energy, biomedical, and human resources fields—agrees that video resumes are a useful way for some candidates to demonstrate their professionalism and to help them differentiate from the crowd. According to him, “If I received a video resume, I would review it, and if it’s impressive, it can absolutely help the candidate.”

“These industries are extremely competitive and a video introduction can be the difference in helping you stand out from the competition.” 


Below are a few examples of different approaches to the video resume. Career & Leadership Development can offer assistance with both traditional and video resumes. We encourage you to share your video resume with us if you choose to make one!

Video Resume examples:


  1. Simple, straightforward

2. Creative, “awkward,” memorable

3. Funny, outrageous, creative

4. Visual

The Age of the Video Resume

In today’s job market, it’s becoming more common to utilize technology, and your creativity in order to stand out amongst all of the others who may be applying for the same position as you. We’ve seen some crazy tactics online that people have tried in order to stand out in the crowd. Although some of these are pretty extreme, you have to admit that they’re pretty creative and probably caught the attention of the Hiring Manager. Lately, (and less outrageous) one of the biggest trends we’ve seen has been the video resume.

What is a video resume you may ask? Well it’s exactly what it sounds like: a brief overview of the job applicant’s experience, skills, and qualifications submitted to a potential employer–in the form of a video. 

It’s important to keep in mind that a video resume is untraditional. This can come across either as a good thing that may get you noticed by a prospect employer, or it could violate the standard procedure of the hiring process. It’s all about knowing your audience, the company you have to work for, while considering the culture of the industry and more specifically, the company itself.

So who should use a video resume?

Like previously stated, you have to really get a sense for who will be reviewing your resume. Some companies may even have policies against video submissions. Monster.com did some research on the topic of video resumes and what some employers think them:

“According to a survey released by Robert Half Finance & Accounting, most companies do not even accept video resumes, with a scant one in four respondents revealing that their employers utilize them.

Lauren Milligan, founder of ResuMAYDAY.com, says that’s because video resumes are a bad idea. “Because of [Equal Employment Opportunity Commission]-compliance issues, applicants shouldn’t even put their photos on a resume let alone submit a video resume of themselves,” she says.

Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International, agrees that employers are reluctant to accept video resumes for fear of bias claims from applicants. “Before submitting a video resume, job candidates should check with the hiring manager to ensure the company does not have a policy against their use in evaluating candidates,” he says.

Even if a few will accept a video, ask yourself if it’s going to help or hurt your chances at employment.

‘Most video resumes are just these one-sided conversations that attempt to sum up everything about a person in two minutes,’ says Milligan. ‘The problem is, you don’t know what a potential employer really wants from you, what their goals might be for you within that organization. You could be putting the wrong message out there.’ ”

Although not every company or industry may be all for video resumes, there are many advantages to making one if you think it fits with the position you want.

Video resumes tend to work more for people who are looking for a creative position, or are applying for a job in a creative industry. The audience viewing your video resume is more likely to be open to this idea, and perhaps even impressed if you take the time to make one! You could also show off your creativity or your software skills with a well-produced video for submission.

Video resumes offer a deeper look into the person behind a traditional resume. They can allow employers to see more of your personality, how you communicate, and even if you might be a fit for their company! In all, it’s important to remember that a video resume is an enhancement, NOT a replacement of a traditional resume.

If a video resume is still something you might want to try, stay tuned for our next blog for tips on making your own video resume!

The Road to Productivity: Exploring How Warhawks Persevere and Prevail

“There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes, but with hard work there are no limits!” –Anonymous 

It’s that time of the year again when workloads outweigh energy levels! Winter is quickly approaching and finals are right around the corner for us Warhawks. During this time of year it’s easy to become stressed out, burnt out, or just down right depressed from the amount of work you have to complete.  So in an effort to alleviate some of that stress, here’s what a few fellow Warhawks from Career and Leadership Development had to say about how they stay productive during late semester chaos:

Lisa Helms: PRIDE Intern

“With school it is a little harder for me to stay focused but I usually pull things together at the last minute. However with work, I stay focused by making to do lists when I get into the office. I start by checking my email to see if there’s someone that I need to communicate with right away and I just take it one step at a time.”

Cherish Golden: PRIDE Intern

“ I usually go to the library and sit at a table in a quite area to stay focused on academics. I don’t get on the computers because then I’d be distracted.  At work, when I’m all out of tasks, I just find little stuff to do to stay busy. Even if it’s just fixing the chairs, I have to stay busy and remain on my feet in order to be productive. “

Radaya Ellis: Biology Major

“Well I have a productive playlist that I listen to when its grind time to get me back focused. Artist on my productive play list include artist such as Lil Boosie, to help motivate me, and Kirk Franklin, to uplift me. Listening to artist along those parameters helps keep me motivated both in work and at school. “

Katie Barbour: Involvement Office Graduate Assistant

 “A lot of times around the end of the semester I have a lot of big projects to do. So for me this semester I have two large group papers, as well as projects in two different classes. So at this point, it’s really a matter of working effectively with my group members and trying to be a leader within those two groups to make sure we get things done. Especially since finals are right before graduation and that’s when those things are due, and frankly I don’t want to be overwhelmed with group projects that late in the semester. So I think just being proactive and making sure you get things done ahead of time really helps relieve some of the stress”

Becky Wintringer: Warhawk Connection Center Intern

Becky Wintringer

“To-Do Lists are a big thing for me. I have post-its and color coded notes and stuff all over the place. I use my calendar to color code everything! Blue things are for class, green things are for work, and purple things are for organizations. I just try to stay managed by plotting out certain times of the day for individual things so that I’m not just doing all homework for three hours but individual tasks during individual times.

Anthony Richardson: Seal Entertainment Intern

Anthony Richardson

“In order to stay productive I pretty much just remind myself of why I’m here and I use that as motivation to assure that I persevere throughout the rest of the semester.”

We hope these tips can help you achieve your fullest potential and maximize your productivity during stressful times. Be sure to finish up this semester strong and don’t be afraid to join the dialog. What are some strategies that you live by to manage  stressful times and remain productive? Comment and share your ideas.

To-Do List: Winter Break Edition

happy holidays!

Hip, hip, hooray! Finals are done, you’re headed home for a month-long break, and you have nothing to do but binge watch Netflix… Wrong.

This is the perfect time to be productive in your job search. Don’t get me wrong, you will still have plenty of time to rest, relax, and eat a lot of delicious food, but it’s important to take the time you have off from school to be proactive in your job/internship search. Here are a few tasks you should accomplish over your winter break.

1. Revamp your resume

Winter break is a great time to update your resume. Did you join a club, get promoted, or hold a new leadership position over fall semester? Don’t forget to add these accomplishments to your resume. This is also the perfect time to update your address, GPA, major, minor, and any scholarship awards that may have changed over the last four months.

2. Start the job hunt

This is the time when companies start posting summer internship applications. Make sure you are actively looking for job opportunities while on break. If you find any, take the time and apply for the positions you find. Capitalize on your free time now while you aren’t busy with papers, projects, and readings for your classes.

3. Network

You know all those awesome holiday parties you’re going to?! Use them to your advantage and network with your friends and family. Connect with people and let them know that you are looking for possible career opportunities in the ___ industry. You never know if a friend or family member has a possible contact that can help you land your dream job. Remember: it’s all about who you know.


Photo Credit: Melissa Brawner

Resumes For Career Fairs

This article was written by Kathy Craney, Career & Leadership Development career counselor.

When sitting down to write your resume for an upcoming career fair, consider two things…

  1. What have you done? (Skills used)
  2. What were the results? (Benefits to your employer, organization, etc.)

During the construction of your resume for a career fair, also keep in mind the skills most employers are looking for:

  • Communication
  • Analytical
  • Computer/Technology
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Management/Leadership
  • Interpersonal
  • Multicultural Experience
  • Planning/Organizing
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork

Can you indicate how you’ve used these skills and what the benefits you achieved were?  Construct brief bulleted statements under each of your headings (ie. Work Experience, Organizations, Community Service/Volunteer Work, etc.) and you should be able to effectively demonstrate to any employer why you would be an asset to their organization.  Of course you want to also demonstrate your competence using skills specific to the industry you’re hoping to enter.

One last thing about Career Fair Resumes – Be aware that some companies cannot accept a hard copy of your resume and will ask you instead to apply online.  You should realize they are not brushing you off, but are complying with federal regulations on data applications and efficient management of their data.  Also, be aware they may be taking notes (mentally or written) on candidates they’re interested in.

A few resources:

Friday Favorites – Tweetable Resume Tips

Going along with our theme for this month and taking some advice from Monday’s blog entry, what I’ve written below are short, sweet tips about creating or updating your resume. What’s different about this post is that all the tips are of 140 characters or less – which means that you could tweet these tips!

If you don’t have Twitter, I would be happy to help you set up an account and show you the wonderful world of Twitter! You can e-mail me at mediacld@uww.edu if you have any questions or comments.


Resume Outline

  • Your resume should include your name, contact information, education, activities, awards/scholarships, and experience/skills.
  • On average, hiring managers look at resumes for 6 seconds. Keep yours clean, simple and easy to skim over.
  • Utilize the bold text to make certain things stand out. Make sure your type is around 12 point.
  • Make sure you have a readable typeface, use bullet points, use horizontal lines wisely, and utilize white space.
  • A resume should be about one page long. Fill up that space!

Resume Details

  • Use action words! Verbs show hiring managers what you’ve accomplished.
  • Be professional! Use a professional e-mail, not PartyAnimal999@gmail.com.
  • Under your contact information, add your LinkedIn profile, your website, or your blog name.
  • Proofread, proofread, proofread. I know – we all make mistakes. But when someone is looking at your resume, your credibility is on the line.

Use Your Resources

  • Make an appointment with one of the Career & Leadership Development career counselors. They will sit down and go over your resume with you.
  • If your resume needs a serious face-lift, be sure to stop by the Resume Doctor events on April 2,3 and 4th from 1-4pm in the library.
  • Check out the resume resources on the Career & Leadership Development webpage.
  • Talk to your friends about resumes. Share advice. What does their resume look like? What works for them might or might not work for you.
  • Upate your resume regularly. If you’re in college, you probably change jobs every year or so and have had an internship or two.

What NOT to Do

  • Do not try to spice up your resume with funky fonts and borders around every heading on bring pink paper. Be creative, but be subtle.
  • Do not lie and say you studied law when you only took one law class in college.
  • Do not have a ‘My Hobbies’ heading in your resume. Your interviewer will not be impressed that you collect Pokemon cards or like to work out.
  • Do not include your picture. Do not include any picture! If you want to add a picture, set up a LinkedIn account.
  • Do not use any slang or jargon on your resume.
  • Do not spray your resume with perfume, ala Elle Woods in Legally Blonde style. Yes, it will make your resume stand out, but not in a good way.

Do you have any tweetable resume tips? Tweet me @UWWCareer and your tip might make it on this blog post!

Photo by West McGowan.

Jump Start Your Resume

We all have to start somewhere…with our resumes, that is. Resumes don’t just happen. They are built over time as you start and complete experiences that move you forward in your career. Once you enter college, it’s time to get cracking on that resume.


Here are some tips for starting your resume from scratch. Keep in mind that some of these tips might help you with a resume you’ve already started.

  • Start with a blank Word document. As many students discover, Word comes with resume templates. In fact, I wrote my first resume using one of them. DON’T DO IT! Word resume templates can be spotted a mile away, and they will not make a good impression. Create your resume truly from scratch – You’ll thank me later.
  • Outline the basic resume sections. Starting with an outline of sections will help in two ways. First, it’s much easier to remember your experiences when you have “blanks” to fill in. Second, if you haven’t had much or any experience, you will have an idea of where to start gaining some. Basic sections for a resume include:
    • Education
    • Experience (for jobs, internships, long-term volunteer positions, etc.)
    • Computer Skills
    • Activities (for organizations, sports, short-term community service, etc.)
    • Honors & Awards
  • Begin writing down your experiences for each section. Fill in what you can on your resume. When you run out of information, stop. Now that you’ve started your resume and have an idea of what goes on it, your memory might produce more content when you least expect it. Whenever you remember something else that should be on your resume, write it down as soon as you can, either as a note to yourself or right into your document.
  • Give your resume draft a face lift. At this point, your resume is in a skeleton form. It’s just a document with a bunch of information listed. Eventually, you need to polish it and make it look pretty. One of the best ways to start is to meet with a career advisor. In Career & Leadership Development, career advisors can steer you towards good sample resumes for ideas. If you really love the look of a friend’s resume, mimic the formatting on your resume. Everyone’s resume will (and should) look a little different, so there are a lot of formats out there. You just want to make sure you use or develop a good one.
  • Go over your resume with a career advisor. If you haven’t already done so, meet with a career advisor to go over your resume. This step will start taking your resume from the minor leagues to the majors in a hurry.

This week, Career & Leadership Development will be hosting our first Resume Doctor events for the semester. Drop by for a quick resume review. No appointment is necessary. We see students on a first come, first served basis.

All you need to bring with you is your resume and any questions you might have. Don’t have a resume yet? Stop by and pick up one of our sample resumes to help get you started!

Photo by Justin Cook.

Friday Favorites – 5 Articles about Polishing Your Resume

Every Friday will mark a new lineup on the Career Spotlight Blog. We will show five favorite links, articles, blogs, infographics, or pictures that connect with our theme of the month.

September is the month of resumes and career fairs, and here are five great articles about how to polish your resume:

How To Get Your Resume Noticed

Give Your Resume A Face Lift

10 Tips For Writing A Remarkable Resume in Today’s Creative World

6 Action Words That Make Your Resume Rock

3 Things That Make Your Resume Less Effective

Use these tips on your resume, and don’t forget to visit the Resume Doctor on September 18, 19 and 20 in the Andersen Library from 1-4pm!

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What’s a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and How Do I Create One?

Research is an incredible way to prepare for graduate and professional school. UW-Whitewater has a number of opportunities to engage in research including the Undergraduate Research Program, the McNair Program, and various opportunities to participate in ongoing faculty research.

As you develop skills to become an effective graduate student, it will be very important to learn how to appropriately market yourself. When applying for employment, assistantships, fellowships, grants, and other opportunities, resumes will no longer be the document of choice. Instead, you will be asked to submit your Curriculum Vitae (CV). Curriculum Vitae is Latin for ‘course of life’. The purpose of the CV is to provide a snapshot of your education, professional background, and research interests.

Students in "class" on Bascom Hill

Academic and International CVs
There are two types of CVs: the academic CV and international CV. Several countries outside of the U.S. use the term CV to refer to their equivalent of the American resume. Domestically, it will be necessary to begin a CV if you fit into one of the following categories:

  • Planning to attend graduate school
  • Engaging in student teaching
  • Participating/conducting research
  • Interested in academia

CV or Resume: What’s the difference?
A CV and resume are both documents used to provide a snapshot of one’s skills and experiences. The CV differs from the resume in that it is:

  • More comprehensive and longer in length
  • Used primarily for jobs in academia, research and when applying for grants, conferences, or graduate school
  • Strictly a professional document that should be approached conservatively

How do I begin my CV?
Create a master CV document. It may be easiest to request the CV of faculty member in your field of interest to get an initial idea of how a CV in your field of interest will appear.

  1. Outline information. Outline the following information: contact information, education, professional employment, research experience (publications, presentations, grants, etc.), teaching experience, honors and awards, professional service, professional affiliations. The CV does not need to be limited solely to this information, but the aforementioned are a few samples. Accompany each experience with the position held, name of organization, dates present and location
  2. Create headings and organize. Create headings that are relevant to your experiences. The list in Step One identifies information that may be used as headings. Place corresponding experiences underneath headings. Research and teaching experiences are often the first sections following the education section. Note: In regard to section order, the most important information will be listed toward is the top of CV. However, information within each heading should be listed in reverse chronological order.
  3. Create descriptions. Fill in experiences with descriptions regarding your accomplishments. Use complete citations for research (including publications, presentations, and research in progress).

The CV length for undergraduate and graduate students will likely range from 2-5 pages. For more information, explore ‘Additional Resources’ below and make an appointment with a career counselor in Career and Leadership Development and faculty member in your department.

Additional Resources:
http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/creatingmaintaining-your-cv/26887 http://chronicle.com/article/The-Rhetoric-of-the-CV/131404/

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How To Transfer Military Skills To a Civilian Resume

It’s Veteran’s Day week and there will be a week-long celebration and thanking of veterans on our campus. This is also a time when veterans may be thinking of putting together their resumes for either graduation or an internship. Last year, I gave some advice to veterans about writing your resume. This year, I’d like to continue with some advice.

The first thing anyone wants to do is to gather their experience that will be useful to your new employer. Are you having difficulty remembering everything? The good news for you is your military experience has been recorded for you on your DD2586 form. It lists your military job experience and training history, recommended college credit information, and civilian equivalent job titles.

Now that you have a list of your experience, you need to translate them into skills and accomplishments. To do this, look at the qualifications and job description, check your experience, and decide which skills you used to perform these military jobs and what you accomplished by using those skills.

For example, if the job requires problem solving skills, you might say something to the effect of: “Troubleshoot operational functions to insure productivity and optimize quality.” In this case, you’ve listed the required skill – problem solving – and shown your accomplishment – insured productivity and optimized quality. Each job/internship will have its own required skills and accomplishments, so make sure you carefully read the job description to find what you need and list each one needed. Don’t list items that aren’t needed and stay away from listing your job duties or responsibilities. Stick with related skills and accomplishments.

A few things that are worth repeating:

  • Don’t forget volunteer information, especially if it’s relevant. Many of you in the military have had some very impressive volunteer experiences helping others. Don’t diminish that. These experiences can show good communication skills, diversity, problem solving, leadership, etc. Just because it wasn’t in your “job” description doesn’t mean it’s not an accomplishment!
  • Don’t forget other military advantages, things such as giving and following directions; working as team leaders (management experience) and members (teamwork is a highly valuable skill in the workplace these days); working with diversity; and the ability to work under pressure. Other advantages may include your military security clearance, attention to safety, working with expensive equipment, advanced technology and so forth.

Be sure to contact us if you need help with your resume and thank you for your service!