Do you need a video resume? 5 things to consider
In my quest to enhance my online personal brand, I recently created a video resume. This was something that I considered for some time, and I finally decided it would be helpful to have a video presence on the internet. What will I do with this video resume? The producer suggested that I send it out with each application, to set myself apart. I thought about this, and this would set me apart, but not necessarily in a good way. If the job posting requests a paper resume or more likely an online application, and you send a video resume instead, you may stand apart as the applicant who cannot follow instructions. To answer what I will do with my video resume and why I decided to get one – I will use it as a passive way for recruiters and hiring managers to get a glimpse of my oral communication skills and my personality. I posted this resume on YouTube and added a link to my LinkedIn profile.
Here are 5 things to consider with online video resumes
- Professional is best – First, if you decide to create an online video, consider getting it done professionally. In this day of so many online videos, people’s expectations are high, and a second rate homemade video could actually hurt your employment chances.
- Keep it short – People’s attention spans are short. Limit your video to less than 10 minutes. It would be even better if it was less than 2 minutes, as that is all most people will watch. Start with your value proposition or elevator speech.
- Practice – Practice out loud. Even better, record yourself with your computer. This will allow you see how your look to the camera, and get you ready for the real thing.
- Video is not for everyone – I do not recommend video for everyone. Some people are natural in front of a camera, and others shake like a leaf. If you are a shaker, I would suggest either skipping the video or practicing with a coach first. Another suggestion would be to join a local Toastmaster’s organization to practice speaking in front of people.
- Skip the screening process – Not all hiring managers and recruiters will view video resumes, but for those that do, you may skip a step or two in the recruiting process. A recruiter who views your online resume may skip the phone screen and maybe even the initial interview.
Please share with me your experiences and thoughts on video resume.