Job-seekers can craft do-it-yourself videos or pay for professional services from companies who specialize in this format. The focus of some social-media sites is to host these videos. Most agree that it’s not literally a version of your resume on video, but a much shorter profile or commercial.
“Short” is the watchword. If you choose to try a video resume, make it no longer than about 2.5 minutes — and try to make it as professional as you can. And check with your targeted employer before submitting a video resume to make sure the organization will accept that format. You can also place your video on your own site or blog, as well as post it on sites like YouTube.
Candidates should probably not rush out and create a video resume but should monitor video resumes as a trend that may or may not take off. You may want instead to consider tools such as VisualCV to create multimedia resumes that include “video, pictures and a portfolio of your best work samples and other supporting documents.” A VisualCV also contains “informational pop-ups [that] provide background data on the companies you’ve worked at and the colleges you’ve attended.”