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 a video resume on your own, or you can pay an expert to do the task. 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. Otherwise, you may not get an interview at best. Avoid including anything that can embarrass you.
If you’re planning on making a video resume, remember the following tips:
No matter how much time has changed, behaving professionally, which includes dressing professionally, is still the way to do a video resume. So don’t even try cursing or slang. And check the the background – it should be clean and presentable.
Have a script.
Adlibs are good, but sometimes they make you 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 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.
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.
A good way to keep your video interesting is to use visuals in showcasing your talents and skills. 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 any previously shot videos of you creating your designs, add that.
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 friends and family for feedback.
Finally, before actually submitting your resume video, ask some friends and family members to sit through it and give you constructive 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.