Video resume tips

Why you need a video resume now

Video resumes have taken the hiring world by storm. This blog post discusses why you need a video resume ASAP!

Do I need a video resume?

How do you land your dream job when some of the most desirable jobs have acceptance rates lower than Harvard?

I’m not kidding! Every year, about 1 million people apply to Goldman Sachs but only 5,000 people get an offer. That’s about 0.5% – ten times tougher than Harvard’s 5% acceptance rate!

You land that dream job by standing out – and today you accomplish that with a video resume.

Are you serious?

As a former hiring manager at a Fortune 50 corporation, let me walk you through how an applicant review process works once your resume hits someone’s inbox.

A hiring manager will read your ENTIRE resume in 6 to 7 seconds and make a call on whether they want to interview you.

During that interview, the hiring manager will make a call on whether you are going to get an offer in as little as 5 minutes!

So yes! You need to use every tool at your disposal to stand out!

How will a video resume help me?

Your #1 priority when applying for a job is to stand out.

Unfortunately, the easy path to standing out is well-traveled, with hundreds of posts out there talking about “doing your research”, “dressing smart” and “asking intelligent questions” – such as here, here, and here. But everyone already knows that – you won’t stand out that way.

So by definition, to stand out you have to do something that very few people are doing, and even better if that something is that is useful to the people you need to impress.

Video resumes fit that bill perfectly.

Adoption of this new technology is still in its infancy – very few job applicants proactively submit one along with their conventional resumes.

At the same time, 82% of recruiters have viewed a video resume at some point and dramatically improve their perception of someone being hired through remote means – increasingly the norm after COVID.

So how does this thing work?

It’s really pretty simple.

You can have a clickable video resume link on your regular PDF resume, paste it into the email where you send your resume to the hiring company, or add it to the “additional information” section of any application form you might be filling online.  

That way the hiring manager can quickly access your video resume.

Make sure that you use the STAR method when structuring your video resume. There is a great post here that goes into detail of how the STAR method works.

How do I set up a video resume?

Voomer is a great place to host your video resume for free! 

Just follow the above link and you’ll be able to record a video resume where you can really stand out from the crowd and land that dream job.

In a few quick steps, you can set up one up and Voomer will host it for free! Then, share it with hiring companies through several different methods to ensure that you get noticed!

Besides standing out, hiring managers will be able to learn about the real you – far better than any PDF resume ever will.

And when hiring managers at the hiring company get together to discuss the top candidates – you’ll be a far more memorable candidate after outshining the competition with your video resume!