by Jesse Plunkett Posted on 2 months ago
So, you’ve heard video resumes are all the rage. Employers want them, and everything eventually moves over to video-based platforms. You may as well be ahead of the curve.
A video resume can help you display strengths that don’t show on a traditional resume, such as your enthusiasm, professionalism, and communication skills.
89% of recruiters say they would watch a video resume, compared to the mere 6 seconds they spend on the average resume. Your video resume earns you additional attention, while allowing you to break the monotony for recruiters and connect as a human.
You are more than your resume. It’s up to you to show them.
When the recruiter sees your enthusiasm, smile, and professionalism, it allows them to picture you handing a customer, or just being pleasant to work with. At the end of the day, recruiters want to hire someone who will make a good co-worker. Your video resume allows you to signal that’s you, and there’s strong research backing it up.
The University of Chicago studied how recruiters from Microsoft, Deloitte, and Goldman Sachs responded to applicants who submitted a spoken pitch vs. a traditional written pitch.
Applicants with spoken submissions were perceived as over 50% higher in intellect, general impression (likability), and likelihood of hiring.
A 40% advantage moves the needle in a big way. Large enough that I have to ask: Why wouldn’t you include a video pitch with your application?
Watch a clip of my interview with Juliana Schroeder, a researcher on the study, below:
Recruiters constantly endure wasted interviews with unenthusiastic candidates. Your video resume is your chance to show you’re excited to get to work and won’t take an interview for granted. They won’t have this assurance from competing applicants, setting you up to win the first job interview.
Recruiters are more likely to hire someone they connect with, and they can’t connect with any of the traditional resumes coming in. When they see your enthusiasm, professionalism, and smile, it’s easy to picture you as an ideal co-worker.
While your video resume grants you additional time, you still need to be considerate. Don’t expect them to watch a 3-minute video. Give them a brief pitch by video, 30 to 45 seconds, in addition to your traditional resume to glance over.
What you say in your video pitch matters, but not as much as how you say it. If you try to memorize and recite your pitch word-for-word, showing passion may be difficult. SafeHire provides a script that you can easily customize, then read off the screen while you’re recording, like a teleprompter. You could also try going script-free, and just use bullet points to guide your video pitch.
In any case, here’s a list to help you create your video resume:
Employers don't receive video applications often. When they do, they notice.
You don't have to be just another resume. A video pitch is your chance to show the real you, and earn a 40% employment advantage.
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