Another ramble about YouTube Resumes

A few posts ago, actually quite a few posts ago, I rambled on and on about video resumes on YouTube. I thought I was done with that, but I got another burst of inspiration. So, here I go (again).

If you look at YouTube a certain way, you can see it as not only a video library, but as a place where people are submitting their resumes. With that being said, all a recruiter would have to do is search it to find someone with your skillset. Sound crazy? (Work with me, I have my recruiter thinking cap on.) Let me show you what I’m thinking.

site:youtube.com/user occupation.software.developer (10,900 results at this writing)

Just in case I lost you with that, in the above example, I am searching the profiles of YouTube users for those people who have identified their occupations as being a Software developer. And at this writing, there are 10,900 of them. Let’s explore more, shall we?

site:youtube.com/user occupation.software.engineer (11,800 results)
site:youtube.com/user occupation.programmer (35,800 results)
site:youtube.com/user occupation.marketing (116,000)
site:youtube.com/user occupation.executive (29,400 results)
site:youtube.com/user occupation.finance (12,100 results)
site:youtube.com/user occupation.lawyer (20,700 results)

Gee, there are a lot of lawyers on YouTube. (Go figure) By using the scientific method of eenie-meanie-minee-moe, I pick one.

Well, what do we see?

1. The Lawyer’s name (or rather, their YouTube alias)
2. A way to contact them.
3. A link to their website.
4. Their resume (or rather, their Bio)

Will this information be readily available for every profile you find on YouTube? No. Some people have chosen not to let you send them a message and it is not required that they fill out all of their biographical information.

Be that as it is, you never know when a recruiter might try the #2 most popular search engine in the world (YouTube) to find people for one of their jobs. If you are already on YouTube, why not make it easier for them to find you by completely filling out your profile there. Just saying…

-Jim

How many people are using YouTube to post video resumes?

I’ve got video resumes on the brain this week, so why stop now?

Hmm… How many people are using YouTube to post their video resumes? And is it even worth it? Let me take a quick and totally unscientific poll, just to see what I can see.

At this writing, not as many as I thought, 5300+ video resumes. I would like to know how that compares with last year about this time, but no benchmark stats. Oh well…


  • As I glance over the first page of results (my random sampling), the shortest video is 00:54 seconds and the longest one is 09:16.
  • The shortest video received 322 views in 8 months, but the traffic is still trending up as a result of lots of referrals from YouTube searching and being associated with a video demo of a Sample CV. Hmm… this video resume is averaging about 40 views a month.
  • The longest video received 4,131 views since May 10, 2007; which is about 98 views a month.

Its interesting to see where the traffic is coming from for each video as well. Hmm… Some things to ponder…

  • Using the words “video resume” will increase the chances of your video resume being found. (Go figure)
  • Look and see if there are video resumes on YouTube that are similar to your background and industry. If so, take note of the keywords they use to describe their video. Why? If someone sees their resume, its a good chance that they will discover yours as a “related video.”

Hmm… Sorry for wondering aimlessly here, but I want to see what else I can find. Look for more YouTube observations in the next post.

-Jim