YouTube Basics for Job Hunters

YouTube is the world’s largest video-sharing website.  As I write this every minute of every day, 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day. Millions of people watch these videos every day. It is, of course, free to post a video to

It is unlikely that uploading a video onto YouTube will help you to get a job directly. There are simply too many videos on the website and employers rarely go there to find potential employees. People typically use for entertainment or to find informative videos . . . and you can, too.

You can watch videos that will help you with different elements of job hunting . . . resume writing tips, answering particular interview questions, information about job boards you’ve never heard of, salary negotiations . . . almost any aspect of job search is addressed in videos on YouTube.

If you want to post a video resume on YouTube, be careful. Most people are not actors or actresses who will not look or perform well on camera. Most video resumes are terrible . . . and yours may be different. Just be careful!

Before you create your video resume, heed the lesson of Alexey Vayner, a  young graduate who sent a video resume to UBS called “Impossible is Nothing” that showed him doing ballroom dancing, exercising and a variety of other non-work related situations that resulted in him becoming a YouTube sensation for buffoonery (and, shall we say, “exaggeration”).

Watch some of the YouTube videos that offer advice about video resumes and create a simple one. If you decide to create a video resume, make sure it is simple and shows you well.

Like in-person interviews, your wardrobe is important as is your speaking manner. Yet, as important as appearance and content, as important as your eye contact is and speaking manner, your video resume has to be found, too. Make sure your listing includes keywords that someone might use to find you.

In my thinking, at this time, video resumes should only be used by people who are no longer working because they are completely public and can be found by anyone at your current employer . . .Do you want to take a risk like that with your current job?

On the other hand, YouTube can be used to post a video of you at a speaking engagement or conference or user group or any venue where you are presenting quality material that others would interpret as being of value. You can use your phone and upload the video to YouTube and other video sites for people to find.

There are also YouTubers who may be willing to interview you based on your expertise. Message them through YouTube and see if they are open to speaking with you on camera.


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JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2000 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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