How to make a great video resume

Technology is amazing, is it not? It wasn’t too many years ago when we all were taking courses on how to comprise a good resume on paper. Now, thanks to the internet and the myriad of social media platforms that businesses are using, there are more and more people who are opting for sending an online video resume out to prospective employees instead. Not only does it spare a few sheets of paper, but in a world that moves at a really fast pace, it also provides companies with an opportunity to not just hear about your credentials, but to get a feel for your personality as well, all in the matter of a few minutes.

Are you interested in creating an online video resume? If so, we have enclosed five tips below:

Prepare a script. It would be nice if all of us could sit in front of a camera and automatically know how to convey our thoughts in a clear and concise way. The truth of the matter is that even newscasters have a teleprompter, so that they can translate well on television. That’s why it’s a good idea to make sure that you have a script prepared that either you memorize or have cue cards for. It needs to include your name, educational background, work experience, the kind of career path that you are looking for and why you would be good for the position. Oh, and it’s wise if it’s between one-three minutes, tops.

Look professional. You might be comfortable with talking on Skype with your family members and friends in your T-shirt, but remember that this is the first impression that you are going to be giving to a lot of potential employers. For this reason, it’s best to make sure that you are professionally dressed. If you are a woman, you also need to make sure that you have applied makeup to your face so that the lighting of the camera doesn’t make some of your features appear “washed out”.

Have a good start and finish. It’s definitely a good idea to start your video presentation by stating your full name (middle name is optional). It’s also wise to end the video by thanking people for making the time to watch it. Now, remember that it’s not only one person that you want to see it, so make your directed statements as general as possible (for instance, do not be gender or company specific).

Get a clear shot. When shooting your actual video (and you might actually want to get someone to do that for you), make sure that there is no background noise; that you pick a clean backdrop (meaning nothing too busy); that you use light to slightly overexpose the images on the camera during filming (it will help the images appear clearer during video compression); that you get a tight shot of your face while you’re talking and that you wait about 3-5 seconds before you start speaking and that you speak clearly.

Load it up. Once your video is complete, it’s then time to load it up. Job search websites such as CareerBuilder and MyWorkster actually have sections where you can load up online resumes. BestVideoDownloader can assist you with putting your video onto YouTube. Also, don’t forget to put it on your own website or blog and to provide a link to the video on your social media profiles, especially when it comes to LinkedIn. If you are submitting to a specific company online, you might want to send them an email first to ask if they take online video resumes as well. If they do, it could end up sparing you a lot of keystrokes by going that route. Best of luck to you.


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Jenni Proctor

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