College and Job Application Videos: Singing Math (p. 171)

From How to Shoot Video that Doesn’t Suck, Page 171:

Application videos need to cover interesting topics, presented in unique ways. Doing a bad video is like misspelling the company name on your cover letter.  First, Do no harm.

Don’t duplicate what’s already on your resume.  The woman who applied to Tufts by videotaping dances she choreographed for her favorite math functions was both odd and funny.  I hear she got in:

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  • scott says:

    As a Tufts alum and a fan of your book I am doubly disappointed that I cannot view the video.

  • Davlin says:

    I am also in the staffing industry, and I wholeheartedly agree with Thomas. It takes a lot of time going through resumes, and I think watching a video resume from everyone would just make the day far too inefficient.

  • Timelord1979 says:

    Shame that the video is now set to private, I was looking forwards to seeing somebody singing maths.

  • Thomas says:

    Hi, I am a recruiter in a staffing agency and I don't like application videos. They take too much of my time. I am faster with scanning a written resume. I guess video applications only work in certain industries.

    • Jay says:

      Hi Thomas. If you intend to find exceptional candidate for the Job, wouldn't you spend few minutes going through an application that obviously put some efforts to stand different from rest of the applicants? Just curious.

  • mark says:

    when I click on the video it says the video is private?

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