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Video Resumes Help Job Seekers Stand Out

With summer on the horizon, many students are gearing up to send their resumes out to apply for their internship or job of choice. As the state of job application stands, the classic application process usually has boiled down sending a resume and a cover letter. Sometimes, however, employers want more than what’s just on paper- they want to put a face and personality to the name and qualifications.

That’s where video resumes come in. A video resume is a short video that describes an individual’s skills and qualifications and is typically used to supplement a traditional one-page resume. In today’s ever-growing online community, a video resume could be uploaded to Youtube or other career websites and be sent as a link to employers along with your resume and cover letter. A video resume can assist in marketing yourself to potential employer.

Video resumes are especially useful for those who can effectively sell themselves on camera but don’t have the extensive experience to put on a resume.

There are a few things to keep in mind when preparing for a video resume:

1) Keep it short and simple

Video resumes usually are one to three minutes in length. A good video resume should entice employers to want to interview you without giving away too much information. It’s important to remember that sometimes less is more.

2) Be professional

“Professional” means different things to different people, but the point here is that while it’s okay to display your personality and sense of humor, remember that employers might get turned off from on-air antics such as singing or dancing. Be aware of who your audience is and tailor your video to fit their interest. Dress professionally and be aware of the background and surrounding items visible in your video. The entire scene conveys a message about how you have chosen to present yourself. The look and feel of the video is in your control, so think about the image you wish to portray and plan it out in advance. When in doubt, err on the side of being conservative and professional.

3) Let your personality go to work

The main point of a video resume is to give employers a concrete sense of who they
might be working with. Have an idea what you’d like to say in your interview and
keep it as natural as possible and try not to sound scripted. Use this opportunity to
use your people skills that might not be tangible on a written resume. Also point out ways in which you can contribute to the company. This may be accomplished through a story of a recent success.

4) Practice makes perfect

The cliché holds true here- practice your video resume multiple times so you get comfortable speaking on camera. Once you are confident in your video, send it out to a couple friends and get some constructive feedback. Play your video back a few times and put yourself in the employers shoes to ensure you sound presentable and confident.

5) Highlight top qualities and end with a call to action

Focus on your top qualities and demonstrate how you will bring value to your potential employer. If you demonstrated good results in a prior job, make that a focal point in your video.

The point of a video resume is to land an interview with the employer in person. End the video resume with a call to action, inviting the employer to learn more about you in a face-to-face meeting.
The IU School of HPER Career Services utilizes an online resume portal called Optimal Resume in which you can store your resume, cover letter, and portfolio of work online. Optimal Resume also has a video resume feature, where you can film multiple video’s and store them on the site.

Visit the Optimal Resume portal to start your first video resume at

Take a look at the videos below for examples of a creative way to do a video resume

For a more traditional style of video resume, take a look at these examples

Video Resume from Angelica Pinili on Vimeo.


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