According to Zety, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes, and roughly four to six people get an interview. A video resume might be the key to unlock the next round.

While a polished resume and stellar achievements are impressive, traditional resumes can't fully convey your skills. Some candidates are adding a short video with compelling footage and story-telling to leave a lasting impression.

In this article, I'm covering what you need to know about video resumes and tips to make one.

What is a Video Resume

Video resumes are succinct videos with relevant skills and experiences in action. With varying attention spans, keep the duration under two minutes. Keep your PDF nearby since video resumes supplement traditional resumes with new information.

When to Use a Video Resume

Before pressing record, consider the industry and position. A creative job could benefit from a video resume over technical roles. For example, a videographer could show b-roll footage with their best work. An aspiring newscaster can prove their story-telling skills and ability to perform under pressure with breaking news footage.

Be sure to review each role's application process thoroughly. Some companies do not accept direct emails because of limited time to review submissions. Failing to follow instructions could leave a bad impression.

How to Submit a Video Resume

How you submit a video resume will depend on the application process. Some roles allow you to attach files with defined file extensions. You can always add the video to LinkedIn as recruiters regularly source candidates from the website.

Video Resume Examples

The structure and creativity of your video should align with your dream job's culture. The video below is a great example of a standard video resume. The speaker is wearing professional attire, speaks clearly, and shared experiences you won't find on her resume.

For creative roles, leverage your artistic skills. This stop-motion video confirm Laura's editing skills and ability to think outside the box. In under two minutes, she shares her background, personal interests, and technical skills.

In this example, Daisy shares what inspired her to study advertisement, communications, and design. Her range of clips and clear narration kept the video interesting and easy to follow. She ends the video by referencing her LinkedIn, a smart strategy to encourage communication.

How to Make a Video Resume

  1. Write a script
  2. Find a quiet room
  3. Press record
  4. Edit the video
  5. Export and download

Step One: Write a Script

If you're camera shy like me, a script is your best friend. It can be hard talking about yourself, but developing a script will map out key details. Remember, your video resume should present new information.

This is the best time to plan the video structure too. Formal video resumes will have you front and center, while voiceovers are great for montages. Read the script out loud until it sounds natural. Use a timer and voice recorder to check the duration and pace of your speech

Kapwing has an audio recorder you can access online to practice. When you feel ready, practice in front of friends and family to get feedback for improvement. This will help your personality shine when it's time to record.

Step Two: Find a Quiet Room

A quiet, organized space is essential to put your best foot forward. Remove any clutter, and set up lighting equipment. Or, set up a filming space near windows so natural lighting comes through. Film a couple test shots to see to check for shadows or distractions in the background.

Step Three: Press Record

Now that we have a script and a quiet filming space, it's time to record. In this example, I'm using Kapwing, an online video editor. The screen record tool gives you three options.

  • Record screen
  • Record camera only
  • Record audio

Record screen allows you to include your camera and microphone. Try this feature to record yourself narrating a video playing on the screen. Leave "include camera" unchecked to record a voiceover for your video. The second option is ideal for recording yourself in a clear background. Position yourself using the camera preview, then hit record.

Step Four: Edit the Video

For added effects, use animated text, transitions, and subtitles. Keep the editing style creative and minimal to avoid appearing unprofessional. Your footage should ultimately be the center of attention.

If you don't want the entire video to be a monologue and lack content, consider visiting free stock video websites.  You can find everything from cinematic travel shots to bustling work clips.

One idea is to share clips of where you reside and hobbies you enjoy to illustrate a typical day. You can export videos under 7 minutes and no larger than 250MB in Kapwing. Click upload, then drag and drop a file to add to the studio.

Step Five: Download

Watch the video a few times and when you're satisfied, click Export Video. When it's finished processing, click Download and you're all set to share.

I hope this article helped you learn more about video resumes, and gets you one step closer to landing that dream job. For more content subscribe to Kapwing App on YouTube and follow us on Twitter at @KapwingApp. Make sure to tag us on social media so we can see what you make.

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