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

Big Buildings to Open Roads: Jonathan Fera’s Journey to Happiness at UW-Whitewater

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Being born and raised in a big city, I became naïve of what was outside the Milwaukee city limits. The city was so fast and so vast that any other area seemed unexciting in comparison. That mindset did not last past the age of eighteen.

I decided to come to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater during my senior year of high school. My advisers informed me of the College of Business and Economics at this institution and it’s positive reputation, so it seemed like the perfect fit. That career path only lasted two days into my time at UW-Whitewater until I switched to a communications major with an emphasis in public relations.

During the fall semester of my freshmen year, a strong depression caused by missing home and wanting to be around my family took over my life. I was socializing with people in my residence hall and in my classes, but it was never enough to be happy.

The city was calling my name to come home. After all, I missed the quick pace environment and diverse culture.

How was I going to spend the next three and a half years here? It was not until I opened my eyes to the amazing opportunities at UW-Whitewater that this attitude changed.

After talking to my Resident Assistant, she mentioned attending the spring involvement fair to look for student organizations to join. I had an interest in political communications after dropping the business major, so I joined the UW-Whitewater College Democrats.

I immediately got involved with the organization and started to make friends outside of my residence hall and classes. It was refreshing to have conversations with like-minded individuals that were passionate about the same things I was.

During my sophomore year, I joined the organization’s executive board as their Communications Director and the next year, was elected President.

Besides the College Democrats, I found the Whitewater Student Government (WSG) and the University Marketing and Media Relations Department.

I started attending Whitewater Common Council meetings because of my role as Intergovernmental Affairs Director for WSG. This allowed me to become more engaged in the community and be able to call Whitewater a new home.

It all happened so fast and I was so overwhelmed by my professional involvement that I began to lose sight of why I got involved in the first place: to be happy.

I was asked to join the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity my junior year from some WSG colleagues. I did not think I was the kind of person to join a Greek organization.

When looking back at that decision, I wouldn’t take it back for the world.

This past semester, I assisted in coordinating the grassroots efforts of the WarhawksVote campaign for the gubernatorial election. This allowed me to have a say in promotional material, strategic messaging and online content through both WSG and University Marketing and Media Relations.

After the election was over, I wanted a new opportunity. I wanted a new project before entering the workforce. After all, this is the last semester to make the most out of what became the best four years of my life.

Fast-forwarding to present day, I am now the Career Social Media Intern for UW-Whitewater Career and Leadership Development. While WSG is a part of the Warhawk Connection Center, I have never worked for the department before.

I am excited by this new opportunity and exciting challenge to better myself and my craft, while helping others gain the skills, motivation and resources to find a job or student organization to join.

After the journey I had to pursue in finding my place at UW-Whitewater, I hope to make that process easier and less stressful for other students.

Career and Leadership Development has the resources and guidance to help students find their place at this institution. To motivate them to succeed and take chances. To help them be happy.