The trend of students using video resumes has grown in the past couple of years. While in some cases, students speak to the camera directly, in many other instances, the camera becomes an accessory. It helps the students showcase a performative or visual dimension of themselves that words would not have been able to capture.
"A written application can take you up to a point, but showing and telling can take your application even further," said Azhaan Merchant, 17, who shot his own video of a social work initiative he was part of, for an US college application. According to Kavita Singh, chief executive officer of Futureworks Consulting, almost 10% of her clients use the video option.
Counsellors, however, advise caution while opting for a video resume. "Filming a video to showcase your life is a terrific idea and allows the students to display their creative side, but it is not a perfect substitute for written communication," said Vibha Kagzi, chief education officer, ReachIvy, an education advisory.
"A video in conjunction with a written resume would be the ideal solution," she said.