There is a huge demand for video content in numerous sectors. Companies hire videographers and so do individuals. Better still, it’s an industry that is growing much faster than average.
But videography is a popular profession and if you’re applying for a new job you need a compelling resume that will sell your abilities and talents.
We are here to help you write the best possible resume that will help you shine and get you the all-important interview.
Resume objective for a videographer
When you compile your videographer resume you need to show recruiters or employers that you are the best candidate for the position.
According to Chegg Internships, a good way to do this is to supplement your resume with a video introduction. Like your resume, it should describe your education, qualifications, experience, and skills.
Whether you include a video intro or not it doesn’t take the place of a high-quality written resume.
Traditionally, all resumes started with an objective that mirrored the requirements of the job. The result was that most resumes said the same thing in the objective.
Today, there is a strong school of thought that says resume objectives are outdated and a waste of valuable space on the document.
At the same time, there is a trend of replacing the objective with a professional or career summary statement. The purpose of this is to show employers how you will bring value to the company.
We sampled dozens of videographer resumes and found that most had a professional summary instead of the objective. Some had neither.
It’s your choice, but a short summary is a good way to include the keywords automated systems will be searching for, which makes it a great tool to get noticed.
Technically competent videographer with three years of experience capturing product lines and brands and video editing for marketing. Has worked with multiple camera systems. Proficient in graphic enhancement software. Eager to learn new skills.
Resume skills for a videographer
Experience is undoubtedly the best way for a videographer to develop and grow new skills. But the key, when you apply for a job, is to ensure that the skills you have, cater to the skills required to do the job.
We did extensive research sourcing job postings from the most reputable job sites to see what skills they called for. Typical examples included strong quality control and organizational skills as well as planning, communication, and the ability to solve problems and meet deadlines.
Of course, technical skills were usually top of the list since anyone working as a videographer is going to need to use video cameras creatively and have strong knowledge and proficiency in audio and video formats, file types and resolutions, file rending, and video frame rates.
Good working knowledge of graphic and enhancement software is also essential for editing.
According to the recruitment company ZipRecruiter, which has designed a career keyword mapper, the top skill found in job descriptions is videography – which is a no-brainer.
Other skills that appear in keyword form include social media, adobe products, graphic design, photography, video editing, and animation design.
Be sure to identify keywords in the advert and use them if you have these skills.
Skilled camera operator | Digital imaging technician | Color grading | Pomfort Silverstack | Adobe Creative Cloud | Lighting expert | Sound mixing | Focus puller | Enthusiasm | Strong communication
Videographer work experience
In a nutshell, video camera operators and editors capture a wide range of visual material for an even wider audience and clientele.
Some shoot television programs, motion pictures, or music videos while others make documentaries or video news and sporting events. Many videographers work for companies and organizations that need videos for marketing or educational purposes.
But that is just the beginning, and most videography jobs involve editing using specialized software and collaborating with a director to determine the overall vision of the production.
The actual job description might include the need for lighting expertise, for example, previous experience as a grip/lighting technician. It might require experience in social media so that content can be produced in keeping with the needs of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, or Reddit.
Some jobs require animation, design, and illustration training and/or experience.
Study the job postings that appeal to you very closely to be sure you have what they need. Also, answer any questions the employer may ask in the advert. For instance, they might pop in a question that relates to your experience or knowledge of specific cameras or software.
Include whatever work experience you believe is relevant to the job you are applying for, even if your position was a grip and not a videographer.
Sample Work Experience
StrongMind, Inc, AZ
Videographer 2019 – 2020
Worked as part of the company’s video team providing creative solutions to motion graphics and video issues. Maintained the team process and upheld production standards.
- Commended daily on my strong grasp of different storytelling techniques using the video medium.
- Assisted the curriculum team to identify the best media mix to convey pedagogical concepts to students taking the videography courses.
- Helped to find innovative methods, strategies, and mixed mediums to engage students.
- Collaborated with teams to establish dependable testing standards for curriculum materials.
Videographer/Video Editor, 2017 – 2018
Worked as part of the creative content team collaborating on key projects that supported marketing and advertising initiatives. Developed new creative concepts and worked with the team on scripts and storyboards.
- Created commercial videos designed to promote products that would generate customer purchases.
- Summarized the concept of different branded videos into strong visuals and images.
- Was given the responsibility to cast models, and shoot, record, and edit videos in keeping with the marketing and branding guidelines of individual projects.
- Took still photographs and participated in photoshoots when required.
Rise, Inc, MN
Videography Intern, 2016
Created, filmed, and edited original video content for internal and external marketing and communications platforms. Developed digital marketing content for social media and email use.
- Collaborated with the Rise Advancement team to develop and produce numerous short story-based video featurettes on the company’s programs, services, history, partners, and people that were used to promote the company’s 50th-anniversary event.
- Researched trends for social marketing sites and made recommendations for video marketing content 90% of which were accepted.
- Increased by videography and video editing skills and abilities substantially.
- Awarded the Rising Star Internship of the Year (2016).
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you need a bachelor’s degree to become a camera operator or a film and video editor. But when we scanned through scores of job postings for videographers we noticed that relatively few of them required a degree or diploma of any kind.
Of course, you might get a job more easily if you have a four-year degree from film school or a degree in video production and editing from a recognized college or university.
But many people and companies that hire videographers are more interested in the quality of work that videographers can produce. Once they’ve seen your resume and reel they will decide whether to take the conversation further.
So, those starting out can get a degree or they can opt for an internship or apprenticeship, though these, ironically, usually demand some sort of experience and knowledge of the job.
Or you can go it alone and build up a portfolio in the form of a reel that you can use to sell yourself when you apply for a job.
It just depends on the job and the education, skills, and experience they ask for. But there is no doubt that videography takes talent, and if you’ve got talent you have a good chance of getting a job with or without a degree.
Central Washington University
Bachelor’s Degree in Videography, 2012 – 2015
Community College of Philadelphia
Associate’s Degree in Digital Video and Media Production, 2012 – 2013
Community College of Philadelphia
Digital Production for Media Industries – Certificate, 2012
Even if you have studied videography and you have a certificate or degree, there’s a possibility you might find yourself faced with a digital camera or editing you have never used before.
Employers do sometimes offer new employees training in specialized editing software, particularly if a specific type is used in the company.
They may also send employees to short courses about camera systems, RED or ARRI for example.
There is also the option to take courses to learn more about videography. Many of these are offered by the companies that have developed the relevant software, Adobe for example, and courses range from beginner to advanced. Some are offered by private colleges.
You will find a variety of courses that teach aspects of graphic and enhancement software including Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop, Apple’s Final Cut Pro and Motion, and TechSmith’s Camtasia.
- After Effects: Learn Motion Graphic Design
- Final Cut Pro 7 from Scratch: Become a Great Video Editor
- Premiere Pro for Corporate Video
- Creating Videos Using Camtasia
Videographers operating in the legal field often opt for certification for credibility.
The American Guild of Court Videographers (AGCV) three certifications, Certified Deposition Video Specialist (CDVS), Certified Evidentiary Video Specialist (CEVS), and Certified Trial Technology Specialist (CTTS).
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) offers the Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) certification because legal videographers partner with court reporters to ensure the integrity of the video and official court transcript.
NCRA certification entails a continuing education program and it must be renewed annually.
The BLS suggests that video editors demonstrate their competence with certification. Usually offered by software vendors, certification invariably involves passing comprehensive exams after classroom instruction or online tutorials.
Adobe, for example, offers certification for various Creative Cloud (CC) graphic design and video editing applications. These include Photoshop: Adobe Certified Expert – Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, and Adobe Certified Expert – Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
- AGCV – CDVS
- AGCV – CEVS
- AGCV – CTTS
- NCRA – CLVS
- Premiere Pro
Complete videographer resume sample
When we research videographer job postings we singled out the advert below to use to show you how to tailor a resume to a specific job. It’s unlikely you’ll be applying for this job, but it’s the approach that is important. Adapt it for yourself.
As you will see, the position is advertised for a videographer with a university degree and at least five years of experience.
The advert specifies that a demo reel must be submitted with the job application. As discussed earlier, this is essentially a videographer’s portfolio but it should be kept short and should be impressive.
Working knowledge of the Adobe Production Suite, which is Adobe Creative Cloud, is required as well as a good working knowledge of different camera types.
The employer is Mammoth Mountain in California, which is known to be the state’s best snowboarding and skiing resort. It is also popular for mountain biking in summer. For this reason, the videographer needs to be able to ski, snowboard, and ride a mountain bike – to keep pace with the action!
Experienced sports videographer and video editor with more than five years of experience from concept to completion. Talented still photographer. Experience with multiple camera systems. Excited to continue my adventures in the snow.
Communication | Attention to detail | Creativity | Quality control | Lighting/rigging | Photojournalism | Videography | Audio production | Animation | Social media | Time management | Physical stamina
Dodge Ridge Corp
Marketing Photographer/Videographer, 2018 – 2020
Worked as a specialist on-snow photographer and videographer as part of the marketing team. Managed multiple projects with strict deadlines that met the marketing department’s needs.
- In winter, the job focused on photography and video duties that involved arranging scenes and taking the best shots possible to support the Dodge Ridge brand.
- Interacted with guests and answered questions courteously and in a knowledgeable manner.
- Edited all videos to meet the needs of the marketing management team.
- Worked up to 48 hours per week during the ski season.
Junior Videographer, 2016 – 2018
Organized and logged footage, shooting of videos, and editing to achieve the marketing department goals for products and the company brand.
- Assisted with the coordination of pre-production and production planning activities that included creative concepts for videos, maintenance of video schedules, sourcing props and product as well as staging elements, and maintaining video equipment and rental needs.
- Utilized and applied computer graphics and special effects for post-production videos.
- Assisted with new series and concept pitches to innovate videos across all platforms.
BLVR Brand Development, CA
Photography/Videography Intern, 2015
Completed an unpaid internship in a collaborative environment that involved exposure to photographic and videography projects with a range of different clients.
- Established creative concepts and mood boards.
- Crafted creative briefs that were used to guide at least 20 shoot processes.
- Conducted photo and video shoots and edited images and videos based on approved post-production editing style.
- Prepared a pre-production booklet that covered all elements of concepts and production including call sheets and shoot schedules.
- Premiere Pro
California State University, Fresno
BA in Mass Communication and Journalism, Multimedia Production, 2011 – 2014
- After Effects: Learn Motion Graphic Design
- Adobe Premiere Pro CC Masterclass
Once you have identified a job posting that suits your needs you will need to craft a compelling resume that shows the employer or recruiter that you fit their needs. It is important to pay careful attention to what the job entails and what the employer wants in terms of education, skills, and experience.
- You don’t need an objective for your resume, but our research shows that many videographers substitute a professional summary in its place. This is similar but focuses more on the value you have to offer the company than what you want.
- While some employers want videographers with formal education and training as well as experience, others are happy to employ videographers who can show they have the skills and creativity needed. For this reason, some recruiters advise supplementing a videographer resume with a short video introduction.
- Certifications are only really important for legal videographers. However, being certified in the use of specialized software will likely add to your credibility in the field and might give you an edge over other applicants.
Tips from Experts
“The biggest mistake you can make when you’re looking for video production work is to not include your reel in your resume – up top, front and center, very prominent. That’s probably the most important thing in video production is the work that you’ve done. It doesn’t really matter what education you’ve got or how many volunteer hours you put in or places you’ve worked if people can’t see the work you’ve done. If you don’t have a reel you need to make one!” – Stronz Vanderploeg, Video Producer, USA Today
“Everyone puts the same thing on their resume – so think of more inventive ways that you can say the same thing. For instance, talk about the project you’ve been working on. If you can explain why you work better as part of a team and relate it to the job you are applying for it’s always going to come across better than just putting in those standard sentences that we were all taught to say at school.“ – Mark Brown, company director of EditorsKeys that constantly hires videographers
“While it may be unconventional, supplementing your resume with a video introduction can make you stand out from the crowd, making all of the difference when it comes to landing that internship. But in most cases, a video introduction only supplements a traditional resume, so you’ll want to submit a high-quality written resume as well. The video should then build on your resume, providing a window into what makes you unique and sharing your personality with would-be employers.” – Nathan Schultz, president of Learning Services, Chegg
Videography jobs are very varied and so you need to show employers that you have the abilities and skills to do a new job even if you haven’t got experience in the field.
For instance, the featured resume sample job above requires someone who can ski, snowboard, and mountain bike. Our applicant has work experience in a snow environment, but if you don’t, you will need to show that you have mastered these sports and have the required videographer experience in other fields.
Use the information we have supplied to make your resume work for you. And don’t forget those keywords!