As you can probably imagine, a video resume is something you would make when you’re 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. 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. In any case, you need to keep in mind that it will not land you a job. However, it can help you market yourself in the job market – if you do it right. If not, you’ll probably never make it to an interview at best. Avoid including anything that can embarrass you.
If you’re thinking of submitting a video resume to prospective employers, let these tips be your guide:
No matter how “casual” this generation has become, impressing prospective employers is still easier when you dress and act professionally. That means no cursing and no slang. Don’t forget to make sure that the background is tidy.
Make a script.
It’s good to adlib, but sometimes it can 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. Don’t read right from a script though because that would make you boring or uninteresting. Instead, practice how to deliver the script in a formal but still natural tone. The main points of your video should include your major goals, accomplishments and skills.
Consider your audience.
As you plan your video, research who will be watching it. Obviously, a video that will be watched by banker should be different from one that you make for a creative position.
To keep your video interesting, incorporate visuals as a way of flaunting your skills and talents. For instance, if you’re setting your signs for a graphic design position, you can film yourself with your Photoshop while working on a design. Or if you have footage of yourself working on your designs, that would be great to include.
Keep it short.
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 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. It’s always good to listen to what others have to say. But you don’t have to follow them blindly though if they make suggestions. You still call the shots because this is still your video, but at least give yourself the chance to know what others think and process their advice.