A video resume can be a great way to stand out in a field of job seekers.
It's so important to be genuine!
A video resume, also known as a video CV, is an increasingly popular way of applying for a job, or at least of supplementing a traditional job application. It’s the video equivalent of a written resume , but it has the benefits of combining a touch of a live interview, interactive portfolio and even a dash of a cover letter.
Is just what it sounds like — a visual way of introducing yourself, identifying a job you’re seeking, and describing your work experience, education and skills — all on video.
It is essential to understand the role of a video resume, namely to highlight your personality, character, values. Another aspect of the video resume is that it streamlines the recruitment process, reducing the risk of reaching a physical meeting, without compatibility, without chemistry.
If you’re wondering how long your video resume should be, the answer is: shorter! One minute is perfect; two minutes is pushing it; 10 minutes is “what planet do you live on?”
Depending on your industry, a video resume could be a helpful add-on to your job application. It's important to keep in mind that a video resume isn't going to get you a job. However, it can assist you in marketing yourself to prospective employers—if it's done right.
Stand out from the crowd - While video CVs are on the rise they are by no means common. Using this method of application you'll immediately stand out as someone prepared to go the extra mile.
Showcase your creativity - Instead of following a traditional CV template you'll do your own thing. An important quality in creative roles. Display your personality - It's hard to accurately convey your personality in a written CV or cover letter. Video enables you to make a memorable impact.
Demonstrate particular skills - By creating a video you can physically demonstrate skills such as public speaking, communication and IT/digital ability. You can also show off portfolio work.
Creating a Video Resume
- Write a script. In this first step, make a plan for what you want the video to look like. ...
- Prepare a filming space. ...
- Set up a recording device. ...
- Record several takes. ...
- Collect additional visuals. ...
- Edit the video. ...
- Get feedback.
If you're considering creating a video resume as part of your job search, keep these tips in mind:
- Be professional: Dress as you would for an interview and maintain a professional demeanor. Avoid slang and, of course, cursing. Be cautious when it comes to jokes. What's funny to you may not make others laugh.
- Find a good background: Pay attention to the background of shots: make sure it looks tidy and that there are no noises in the background. You'll also want to make sure the lighting is good. A shadow across half of your face can be distracting.
- Prepare a script: Don't ad-lib your video. You want to seem natural and off the cuff, but should have a sense of what you want to say and how you want to phrase it. Do not read directly from a script or from your resume, as that leads to a dull video. Think of the video as a pitch for why a particular company should hire you. As such, your main objective should be to express what benefits you'll provide the company, as well as your goals, skills, and accomplishments.
- Know your audience: As you plan your script and filming location, consider who will watch the video and calibrate accordingly. For instance, a video prepared for a position at a bank might differ from a video created for a start-up.
- Show, don't tell: Use visuals to illustrate what you're saying in the video script, ones that showcase your talents and skills. For instance, if you're applying for a job where presentations are a significant part of the role, you can film B-roll of yourself assembling a PowerPoint. If any of your presentations were recorded, use that footage in your video resume.
- Keep it brief: Videos should be between 30 and 90 seconds. Anything longer than that is unlikely to be watched.
- Share with friends and family: Getting feedback from others is an important step. Ask a few people to watch your video, and make edits and changes based on their comments.