Video Resume is Absolutely Critical

Getting the job you want is not easy, but there are some ways to strengthen your application and put you ahead of the field. Not least amongst them is the Recruit Me Video, also known as the RMV or Video Resume. I believe video resumes work.

The trick is not just in having an impressive résumé, but in being able to convince your prospective employer – someone that has never met you before – that they can trust you to do the job. With every candidate trying to convince them of the same thing, the whole process is highly competitive.

This is why having an effective video resume is so important. In the absence of an actual meeting, a short piece of video footage is the best way for an employer to meet you.

Seeing a candidate in the flesh and hearing them speak helps an employer make their decision in confidence.

Through the video an employer can see more of the candidate than the résumé can reveal on its own.

For instance, they can observe your personality, more accurately assess how you might deal with customers, interact with colleagues and if you can help develop or maintain a positive working environment.

When it comes to recording an RMV, there are three points you should keep in mind:

1.  Speak clearly but not slowly

Prospective employers are fully capable of understanding what you say so long as it is spoken clearly. Speaking slowly could be taken as a bit condescending, so it’s best to avoid it.

2.  Be confident, but not cocky

All employers want staff that are confident, but also honest and straight forward – particularly when the job entails dealing with the public. Being overconfident, boastful or downright cocky gives them a negative impression.

3.  Be you, not what you think the employer wants

The purpose of an RMV is to allow you to introduce yourself to a prospective employer. So why try being someone you are not?  Remember, employers value honesty and won’t like to find out they have been duped!

There is no doubting the importance that the résumé has, but an RMV can add great weight to your application and put some rival applicants far behind you. Getting that right can play a major part in winning that job you want. 

Trilingual Career Coach & Recruiter with experience across Europe and Asia Pacific. She is also a speaker for workshops on resume writing, job searching tips, and interview techniques. She travels frequently but you can stay in touch with Eleanor via

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