Put your best foot forward and boost your resume with video

Stephanie Brooks our consultant managing the role
Posting date: 6/28/2018 2:18 PM

Boston is a thriving metropolis of music, movies, and industry. It works hard and it plays hard. And on the first of May, it will be the site of the Open Data Science Conference East (#ODSC). For four days, thousands of aspiring and professional data professionals will converge to learn about trends in the industry, network, hire for and find employees. Traditional hiring methods don’t work here, the competition is fierce, and the demand is high.

From virtual and augmented realities to embedded video on your resume, we offered a glimpse into trends in today’s hiring market. Last week, we talked about how jobseekers can market themselves. This week, we’ll take a deeper dive into one of those topics you can use to help boost your resume. Embedded video.

Reasons to Embed a Video in Your Resume

  • It adds a level of depth to the traditional resume while giving insight to the hiring manager about you as a person. Instead of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, you can imply ‘don’t judge a candidate by a piece of paper’.
  • It gives you a chance to really shine by not just highlighting, but showing, your achievements.
  • Not only does the video resume offer a glimpse into your personality and skills, it also caters to both listening and visual style preferences.

Four Areas of Focus for Your Video

Though the traditional resume may be on its way out, the information is still viable and can serve as your “script” to help you plan your video sequence.  However, along with script are three other areas of focus to consider such as appearance, technology, and distribution. Together, these four areas of focus set the framework as you plan your video resume.


It takes less than ten seconds to make a first impression and that’s before a word has been spoken. A good rule of thumb is to dress professionally (solid colors are better than patterns), make sure your lighting is good, smile, and speak clearly.


 Whether you’re embedding your video into your resume or your resume is your video, you’ll want to have a script. A one-page script is enough. With it, you can outline what will happen in the video such as whether or not the recruiter will see you or a slideshow of your work. It can also keep you on track and focused as you highlight your various projects and achievements. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Explain why you’re the best person for the job.
  • Research the company, if possible, and show how your skills and expertise can help them solve their problems.
  • Keep your video short. Anywhere from a 30-second elevator pitch to a 2-minute in-depth video. Not only will recruiters and hiring managers gain insight into you as a person, but they’ll get a first-hand look at your technical skills and creativity.


Though most mobile phones have the capability, if you’re going to go the extra mile, go for higher quality with a digital camera. Besides higher quality, a digital camera offers stabilization by using a tripod. Then from either a mobile phone or digital camera, your video can be uploaded into video editing software such as iMovie or MovieMaker available on your computer.


Last, you’ll choose your distribution method such as YouTube or Vimeo. Now you have a link to embed anywhere or send to anyone.

In the world of digital and analytics, the focus is often on the customer. Insight jobs help businesses solve complex business problems. Data professionals figure out what it is the customer needs and wants through engagement, traffic conversion, and so on. But, in the world of recruiting, the customer is you. The candidate.

Want to show off your predictive modelling and marketing skills for a household name in media entertainment? We’re hiring for a Lead Marketing Scientist in the Greater Boston area. In this role, you’ll be seen as a voice of influence delivering key insights and recommendations from ground level staff to C-level stakeholders.

Harnham specializes in Junior and Senior Data and Analytics roles, check out our current vacancies or contact us to learn more.

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