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10 of the Worst Video Resumes and What Makes Them Ineffective

10 of the Worst Video Resumes and What Makes Them Ineffective

In today’s rapidly advancing technology-driven world, paper is becoming obsolete in almost every aspect of business. With the aid of video giants such as YoutTube, this phenomenon has begun spreading to resumes. Video resumes are an excellent way to demonstrate your personality, professionalism and creativity to your prospective employer. It is a delicate line to walk, as you want to maintain your serious, professional attitude while at the same time giving the viewer a personal glimpse at you. Needless to say, many people get the idea wrong and create ineffective, outrageous, sometimes quite boring video resumes. Here are 10 examples of the worst video resumes, and what makes them so terrible.

1.

This video resume, ostensibly supposed to show the man’s more humorous and unconventional side, succeeds only in portraying him as immature and unprofessional. Mr. Merhi divulges unnecessary facts about himself, such as his enjoyment of candlelit dinners and kung fu. The man further attempts to humor the viewer by drinking beer, falling asleep and playing video games. The video itself is somewhat humorous, especially when he makes a “limited time offer” to work for free, however any serious employer would likely chuckle before promptly moving on to the next resume.

2.

Taking a similar approach to the first video resume on this list, the young man in this video explains that he just came to the realization that everything costs money, and that he has bills to pay and gas to buy, therefore he needs a job. The video begins with him randomly singing along to a song before launching into his proposal. The man then goes into a list of skills he’s supposed to have, but films himself failing at performing them. Typing on a computer that’s off, yelling at imaginary office employees, and saying he “doesn’t do” such menial tasks as washing dishes, the man falls short at his attempt to come off as unique and individualistic. There’s no shame in adding a little bit of yourself to your video resume, but keep it professional and relevant!

3.

Here is an example of someone not putting enough of themselves into their video resume. This young lady maintains a static tone and flat, somewhat disinterested affect throughout her entire two and a half minute resume. This is likely an attempt to appear professional and avoid looking too zany (as was the case with the two we have already seen), however one cannot help but become bored after watching the first minute of her video. Your video resume should portray you as interesting and enthusiastic about the position.

4.

This video resume might have been good, had it not been filmed in such a cavernous location! The echo is so terrible that the viewer can hardy make out what she is saying. To make matters worse, she is selling her skills as a “Speech and Oral Communications” professional. This is simply horrendous advertising! If you were putting out a resume for yourself as a professional driver, you wouldn’t show video footage of you crashing cars. However, that is exactly the effect this video resume has. Always keep in mind what position you are applying for, and make sure your video resume is consistent with it. A communications and speech professional who films a video with such terrible audio that no one can understand her is doing this whole thing wrong!

5.

This video resume breaks a major rule of video resumes. It is extremely long! Nearly nine minutes in length, its duration alone will be turn off for many employers. Another problem with this particular video is that she spends a considerable amount of time (three entire minutes, actually) talking about her personal life, her family, what she likes to read, and the things she decorates her house with. These kinds of details are unnecessary at best and a waste of time at worst. Given the amount of time she spends on them in this video, it might qualify for the latter. By the end of the video, many people are left wondering why they spent so much time watching it!

6.

There are a few problems with this woman’s video resume. For starters, she is clearly reading off cue cards behind the camera. This causes her to constantly break eye contact and appear unsure of what to say next. Because she is reading off these cards, she tends to stumble across some words and not know when to finish certain sentences. Another problem is that she lists totally ridiculous tasks as things she is willing to do on set. For example, she says her degree prepared her to “defrost chicken with a hair dryer, leaving the set to put quarters in people’s car, picking up animal droppings,” and most egregious of all, “sitting around and doing nothing until someone yells at me.”

7.

This woman chose to sing her resume to the viewer as a spoof of a Miley Cyrus song. A ludicrous idea, the viewer feels slightly awkward as they watch this woman dance around singing about her work experience and skill set. Perhaps worst of all, you have to read the subtitles to understand what she is singing, because you can still hear Miley’s original lyrics in the background clashing with her own! The video is cute, but mostly ineffective in the real world job market.

8.

This man created a short video introduction about himself. This is a good idea, however this particular individual chose to admit that he got fired from his last job for tax evasion. He also chooses to say that he was “really popular” in college and “got laid a lot!” Completely inappropriate for any resume, the man comes off a creep and a criminal in his video resume.

9.

This person, applying for the position of art teacher, makes an attempt at a video resume that fails. Several errors are made, chief among them the very weak and unsure explanation of why art is important. He stumbles rather clumsily through said explanation and continues on through a very bland resume. Another mistake is made in the actual filming of the video. The man is supposed to be skilled in art and explaining why he is fit to be a teacher. So why does he use a boring bed sheet for a backdrop, and present no examples of his supposedly “inspired” works? The point of a video resume is to add charisma and visual aids that cannot be expressed on paper. This video does none of those things.

10.

Finally, this video resume is one more example of a man failing at an attempt at a funny, creative video resume. The man is applying for the prestigious and competitive position of video game scriptwriter at Sony, yet his video resume features him rocking out on broomstick guitar and dressing as an emotional masked romantic. His skills are described as “energetic, romantic, creative and well-read.” Not once does he speak of any actual work experience, schooling or any professional training that may set him apart from other applicants. The funny video resume can be achieved with skill and reserve; this example has neither.

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34 comments

  1. Love these….Hey, at least they’re trying! LOL

  2. Really like this site, would you mind if I link to it from my blog?

  3. My favorite of the 10 videos was #10.
    He did not give proof of work experience or schooling, but he sure did prove his claim of being energetic and creative. >grin<
    Thanks a really geat post!

  4. The second video was hilarious. And who could possibly disagree? Wow … things cost money! In all seriousness, however, this is a great article for those hoping to land a job who probably haven’t actually put together a resume before — but note, this is definitely what NOT to do — do NOT follow these examples!

  5. I like the third video with the title Rachal Ranga because it tells much information and its much fuuny than others.

  6. Its a very good post . All the videos are very nice and funny one. I like it very much. Thanks for your efforts. I like it.

  7. i have learned new thing from your videos that we should be genuine while writing a resume.Really this is a good idea and it will help many of us to develop a lot.

  8. WOW. so many interesting and downright terrifying moments in all these videos! haha. I thought the woman singing the Miley Cyrus song was really frightening. I was extremely uncomfortable watching the whole video. I don’t know why the 2nd guy even bothered. And the last video, although OBVIOUSLY not a good video resume for a job..I would hire him out of the whole bunch. Thanks for this Post! It was entertaining, and informative. Now we all can walk away with a good idea of what NOT to do.

  9. First off GREAT POST! All of these videos are really great. This article gave me lots of ideas for a video resume. Although, I’ve never done one before it sounds like a good idea if done right,

  10. I like them all, I can’t choose! They were all pretty funny. :P

    I thought this was really good feature for the site. I wasn’t aware people did video resumes.

  11. I would have never imagined that people made video resumes. I guess I am just so used to the traditional way of doing things with a paper resume and all. A video resume is a wonderful idea as long as you present yourself professionally. Some of the video resumes I saw cracked me up, but if I were an employer I wouldn’t consider hiring anyone that I couldn’t take seriously. That’s just my two cents.

  12. Great videos. All are funny one. These are very much useful for the people. Thanks for your efforts.

  13. Thank you for your consideration

  14. Hilarious!!! Besides entertaining me, these videos also taught me “WHAT NOT TO INCLUDE” in your video resume.

    Hmmm, my favorite is also the last one where the guy entertainingly explains the 4 reasons of hiring him – a great repertoire of novels and fictions and who is energetic, creative and creative at the same time!!! This one really gave me a great dose of laughs.

    Thanks a lot Resumebear for sharing these great videos with us.

  15. Indeed very funny videos, my personal favorite one being no. 7. I really enjoyed it more than any other, the song composition was really good. Not sure of anything else, but that lady’s surely a good composer (provided it’s originally her composition) if nothing else.

  16. all the videos are very funny , i liked the
    fifth video where the lady takes a very long
    time to describe herself , hahaha .

  17. Yeah, its true the videos that you have been upload will be very much useful to people who are going to build resume wrongly. By seeing this kind of videos, people can rectify their mistakes . good work

  18. This is great video add in article. I never made video resume but I was thinking of the making video resume as many of my friends made. This article is giving me good helpful idea and tips to make good, impressive video resume and to make success. Thanks for great stuff.

  19. #5 is awesome. Who does a video resume in a tube top?

  20. These examples may seem hilarious, but there are probably thousands of people out there who don’t understand what is and isn’t appropriate for a resume video (especially if a member of the older generation is hiring them). My ‘favorite’ is the 2nd one — that guy really has an ego, so being an actor may be the perfect career for him.

  21. Hahaha.. the videos are extremely funny. This is also helpful: now i know what NOT to do on a Video resume. Good job.

  22. My favorite is the first one. It’s very humorous; and that line made me laugh a loads: “LIMITED TIME OFFER ONLY!!!”

    Fantastica!!

  23. I really liked the last one, its kinda funny

  24. Excellent post again. Well, my favorite was the last one. The guy really entertained me – energetic, creative and what not.

  25. Interesting. I hadn’t really thought about video resumes. Technology is advancing so much that I can’t even keep up. There are some good reverse tips in this to help us figure out how to do one of these in the future.

  26. These are so silly. Why would you sing your resume, and use a crocked sheet for a background? Really people, use a little professionalism! I feel sorry for the businesses that received these. Maybe the got a good laugh for the day, if nothing else, I know I did.

  27. It’s an interesting article that is needed by everyone in today’s life.This article shows the worst video resumes and you have given me some useful tips regarding video resumes.It’s very useful to all..thanks for your tips….

  28. These are truly the worst video resumes I’ve ever seen in my life.

  29. They are all hilarious. I think my favorite is when the girl sings her online resume to the tune of a popular song. I just can’t believe you would do something like this anyways — especially if you’re not able to sing. It was super quiet but it was still too loud (hearing her voice was like fingernails on a chalkboard.) Oh well… I guess I will give her some points for being creative!!

  30. I liked the second video, where the guy realistically explained about his situation.
    Great post btw

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