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When Should You Use a Video Resume?

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In my job, I counsel a lot of college students (aka Millennials) during their job search. One question that frequently comes up in my course for seniors, “Marketing Yourself for the Job Search,” is how creative you can be with your resume. Students ask if putting a QR code on an otherwise blank sheet of paper will suffice, if their resumes can have various colors and fonts, and if they can submit video resumes instead of paper versions. Typically, my answer to all of the above is a resounding “no.”

I recently read, however, that by 2024 Millennials will make up three quarters of the United States workforce. This has led me to ponder whether or not employers should become more Millennial friendly. When the question of video resumes came up again, I gave it some serious consideration.

Things to consider before creating a video resume

  1. If you’re thinking about filming a video resume, it’s important to ask yourself if this would be appropriate for your career field. Accounting firms, for example, are highly unlikely to spend time watching video resumes—they’re much more concerned about your accounting abilities. Marketing firms, online organizations, and social media sites, on the other hand, might appreciate or even require a video resume. They want a glimpse of your personality and an idea of how well you can sell a product.
  2. You must also consider how likely it is that an employer who doesn’t require a video resume will even view one. On average, hiring managers spend less than thirty seconds looking at a resume. And these are typed resumes, probably printed out by their assistants. If a hiring manager spends less than a minute on a standard resume, what are the odds that they will take the time to watch yours?
  3. When thinking about who will be looking at your resume, you also have to consider company culture. Are you applying at a tech-savvy start-up or an old-school legal firm? If you think you can produce a well made video resume that allows your personality to shine, do so. But keep a paper version for the potential employers who only want to know what skills you’re bringing to the table.
  4. In my opinion, the goal of a resume is to showcase your skills and experiences, not your personality. The resume’s purpose is to illustrate to the interviewer that you can do the job. The actual job interview is where you expound upon your skills, answer any questions they have, and determine (for both parties) whether or not you’re a good fit for the company.

Call me old-fashioned, but I think that a live, in-person interview (or even a phone or Skype interview) is the best place to show off your personality—save the YouTube videos for your vlog.

Have an opinion about the video resume? Tell us in the comments!

Ask Levo Mentor Elaine Meryl Brown, VP Creative Marketing Executive and Brand Content Producer, her opinion on the video resume!

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In some instances, a video resume might help you; however, I'm of the opinion that in MOST cases, a paper resume is still preferable to video.


Video resumes sound a bit intimidating. I don't know if I would ever be comfortable filming myself-- I wouldn't know where to start. I think a video resume may be more appropriate for film majors or something visual. I don't know how successful it would be but hey, it worked for Elle Woods. Video resumes, if done properly, would probably help you stand out amongst the crowd for sure.


Hmm... I would say that a video resume sounds appropriate to post on your online portfolio or career-oriented blog, but I'm still not sure if it's appropriate to send for job interviews.


I had never even heard about a visual resume until now, but its such a fun innovative idea for applying for the right job the right company!

Candace Lamb

After helping countless friends, family, and random strangers edit their resumes and prepare for job interviews, Candace decided to pursue a career in—well, careers. A Southern girl, Candace graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a degree in Non-Profit Administration and Women’s Studies. After this, Candace moved to Louisville, KY to pursue a Masters of Education. Candace currently works as Assistant Director of Career Services at Indiana University Bloomington where she instructs a career development course, Marketing Yourself for the Job Search. Candace also writes articles for her career blog, The Proactive Professional. In her spare time, Candace enjoys traveling, playing with her nephews and nieces, and being with AJ, her partner of four years.