Video resumes are incredibly interactive — each minute of a video, if used well, is worth a thousand words. It is so easy to go with a 3-minute video resumes, and you would have conveyed more than what you could have with a 100-page booklet about yourself.
When used well, humor, creativity, and imagination can help you make an engaging video which people wouldn’t mind spending time on. I’ve compiled a list of 5 video resumes which are engaging, informative, and in most instances, quite funny!
Here is a list of our top 5 video resumes
Hire me Google
Matthew Epstein really wanted a job with Google, in the product marketing team. But he knew he was going to face quite a lot of competition. So he went the video resume route. Check it out.
Yes, there was a lot of tongue-in-cheek sort of humor associated with this, but you’ve got to give it to the guy. He didn’t just make a resume; he had a website, and he devoted a budget to advertising too. He proved his credentials as an online marketer at least: there was a lot of media buzz around his campaign and his video had thousands of views on YouTube.
The result? He got an interview call from Google. While he didn’t make it, he did join another company and currently serves as VP marketing at Zenefits. Great RoI on the marketing effort, wouldn’t you say?
Please hire me Valve!
Erin Michael, a game designer wanted to join Valve. Building video games were her passion from a very young age, and she had applied to Valve the conventional way. She tried her luck three times but didn’t hear back. So, she decided to make this cute video resume.
Now, YouTube is a harsh place. There were comments on this video like “Attention wh**ing at its finest. Why girls shouldn’t play games,” and “Erin, you’re setting women like me back 80+ years with this video. I hate your guts.” But Valve did take notice of this effort and called her over for an interview.
She didn’t get hired, but companies want to know if their employees or prospective hires are passionate about their workplace and job. This video captures the essence of her passion towards games and the company. Erin now works at Seattle-based Big Fish Games.
Competence, diversity, and humor: all under 3 minutes
Mark Leruste, a former entrepreneur and advertising professional with considerable experience wanted to work with someone who could leverage his diverse background. His video resume went something like this.
The first half of the video shows the lighter side of Mark, keeping this audience interested in the video. Once he has your attention, he quickly gets to the serious bit and is very articulate about it and finishes quickly.
About me by Miguel Durao
What would you do if you are a copywriter looking for a new job at a new place? How do you prove you are good enough?
In this video, Miguel Durao talks about his gorgeous girlfriend and shares copies describing her work and beauty. Eventually introducing himself. One of the funniest videos on the list (often awkward if you watch it in the workplace!) but know a better way to explicitly advocate your talent with words.
Australian software engineer Nick Belling, after having worked on small-time software projects, wanted to switch to the big league. And he made his intentions clear in this humble and precise video.
Nick’s got the perfect blend of humility and confidence, which makes this video resume a winner for me. Nick is currently a C# developer at LPL Financial in Sidney, and I’m quite sure this video resume helped a lot.
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