As you may picture, a video resume is a video you make and submit to a potential employer when applying for a job. And just like a traditional paper resume, a video resume can also be general or specific to a particular position or company. Of course, the content wouldn’t be any different – your skills and experience.
You can make your own video resume or you can hire a professional to do it for you. In any case, you have to remember that it will not get you a job. However, if you do it right, it can boost your chances in all the right ways. Otherwise, not getting an interview would be the best-case scenario. Don’t include anything that might be embarrassing in any way.
If you’re planning on making a video resume, remember the following tips:
No matter how “casual” this generation has become, impressing prospective employers is still easier when you dress and act professionally. So don’t even try cursing or slang. And make sure that the background is clean and presentable.
Make a script.
Adlibbing is good, but not when it starts to waste people’s time. While you want to sound natural and sincere, you should have at least a guide of what you want to say and what words you want to use. But don’t just read from a script directly because that would be too flat and boring for anyone to watch. Instead, practice how to deliver the script in a formal but still natural tone. Your video should primarily express your relevant skills and accomplishments, along with your key career goals.
Know who’ll be watching.
While you plan your video, know your audience. Obviously, what works for a banking position may not work for a creative position and vice-versa.
Using visuals to express your talent and skills will surely help make your video interesting to your audience. 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.
Keep it short and concise.
This can be critical as most people are busy these days, whatever industry they are in. Keep your video within 30 to 90 seconds, or you audience may not see it through.
Ask friends and family for feedback.
Lastly, just before you submit your resume video, ask your friends and family members to watch it, and give you some honest feedback. Being open to others’ opinion is always helpful. You don’t have to follow what they tell you anyway. 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.