As you may imagine, a video resume is a short video that that you make and submit to a prospective employer when you apply for a job. And as with any typical paper resume, a video resume may be general or targeted to a specific company or position. The content will obviously be the same – your relevant skills and experience.
You can make your own video resume or you can hire a professional to do it for you. But note that it will not fetch you a job in any case. However, if you do it right, it can boost your chances in all the right ways. Otherwise, you may not get an interview at best. Don’t include anything that might be embarrassing in any way.
Keep the following tips in mind if you’re thinking of creating a video resume:
No matter how much time has changed, behaving professionally, which includes dressing professionally, is still the way to do a video resume. That means don’t curse or use slang. Don’t forget to make sure that the background is tidy.
Have a script.
It’s good to adlib, but sometimes it can waste people’s time. It’s best to sound natural, but you should have a clear sense of what you’d like to say, and how you want to say it. Don’t read straight from a script though as that would make it too boring or uninteresting to watch. Instead, practice your script and try to sound as casual yet still formal as possible. Your video should primarily express your relevant skills and accomplishments, along with your key career goals.
Know who’ll be watching.
As you plan your video, research who will be watching it. Obviously, what works for a banking position may not work for a creative position and vice-versa.
To keep your video interesting, incorporate visuals as a way of flaunting your skills and talents. For example, if you’re applying for the position of graphic designer, you can film yourself creating a design on Photoshop. Or if you have footage of yourself working on your designs, that would be great to include.
Make it short and concise.
This can be crucial, knowing that people are mostly busy today, no matter what industry they’re in. Keep your video within 30 to 90 seconds, or you audience may not see it through.
Ask your family and friends for feedback.
Finally, before submitting your resume video, ask people around you to watch it and give honest feedback. Being open to others’ opinion is always helpful. There’s no need to forget what you had planned and follow them blindly though. You’re still in charge since this is still your video, but grab the chance to know what they think and ponder on their advice.