Get Hired with a Professional Looking Video Resume
In these difficult times, when unemployment is high, and the competition is as stiff as can be, you need to stand out when you are applying for a job. Hiring managers and potential employers sift through hundreds of resumé s whenever they open to hiring.
Your resumé needs to stand out above the rest and get your would-be employer to take a second look at you. Try adding a video introduction to your resumé or CV. Video resumés are a notch higher than a paper resumé in terms of catching people’s attention and engaging your potential employers.
Video content these days add more in terms of engagements and profitability that even marketers optimize video marketing for their campaigns—it why video can also bring an edge to your application.
Why Add a Video to Your Regular Resume?
It is also an effective strategy to make a good impression right away, be memorable, and highlight specific skills, strengths, and personality traits written resumé s can’t adequately convey.
The video resumé acts to augment your paper resumé, not replace it. Although, if you are successful in making one, it will be the hook that brings that job to you. Hiring managers skim through resumé s on an average of 6 seconds per resumé. With a video resumé, you have higher chances of engaging people into your application and hopefully reeling them in.
Below is an easy-to-use guide on how to create a smashing video resumé that makes you a memorable job aspirant and future hire:
How to Make Your Video Resume?
1.What Your Video Resume Should Be
Professional: Your video resumé needs to be professional. Dress the part and maintain a cheerful yet calm demeanor. Use neutral, conversational language, and avoid rambling, making offensive statements or jokes that can be misinterpreted.
Prepared: Writing your script is the first step in producing your video. Memorize your script by heart, know the main points and flow, and avoid monotony in delivery, pitch, and facial expressions. In a few frames of your video, you need to exude confidence and be engaging enough for an employer to keep watching.
Pleasing: Use the best equipment and devices available to you in your home. Find the perfect location in your house that’s clean, quiet, well-ventilated, and well-lighted. Make sure that you also look your best for the shoot. Look fresh, well-groomed, and decent. If you look unruly or unkempt, it sends the wrong signal to your potential employers that you don’t care so much about the job. Remember, they do not know you, and unfortunately, they need to judge you based on your cover–your CV, cover letter, and video resumé. If this is the one opportunity you have to make an impression with the hiring committee or boss, make it count.
On-Point: Your video resumé needs to be focused, brief, and to the point. Know your audience and speak their lingo. If you want to work as a virtual assistant for CEOs, then know what CEOs look for in an executive VA so you can exude that through your video resume. Keep it short and simple (KISS). Videos need to be between about 1-2 minutes in length. Beyond this will be long already. Even a full two-minute video can be time-consuming to watch if the hiring manager needs to watch a hundred others.
2. Pre-Production Essentials
Write the script: As mentioned previously, you need to write the script first before you begin. You can turn the strongest cover letter into a one to two-minute video text. Emphasize on details not included in your actual CV, like personal information and hobbies. An employer needs to buy into you first before they buy into what you can do for the tea. Show what makes you different and unique among others. It needs to be clear in your video that recruiting you is an excellent idea, and you can add value to the team.
Practice before you shoot: After you have written and memorized your script by heart (or after you finish making your “idiot board,” just in case you have to glance at it during filming), practice, practice, and practice some more.
Try practicing before a mirror. Monitor your facial expressions, posture, body language, and camera angle, lighting, and even eye contact. Take note of your best version of the video.
Prepare the things you need: If you have a camera, use it. But if you have a good smartphone with a great lens, use that. Ten megapixels or more and that can shoot in 1080p video can be used, ideally. You may not have to use an external mic if you shoot in a quiet room.
You can also use your regular earphones and put the mouthpiece beneath your collar. Another option is a pair of headphones with a mic. Put the mic mid-chest, just outside the frame.
Use a medium shot to a medium close-up shot, with the camera angle at regular eye level, so the shot looks natural and conversational. You can place your camera on a stable surface to act as a tripod.
Of course, if you have camera equipment handy, like a good camera, microphone, tripod, and the like, use them. The tips I mentioned above are DIY tips that allow you to shoot even without professional equipment.
3. Video Production Essentials
Shoot your video: Put the lead time in the recording before you start speaking and after you finish so your videos are more comfortable to cut and edit.
Safety shots: Shoot 2 to 3 takes for safety and options for editing. Again, shoot at a great spot in the house that receives the best light and is quiet for a video shoot.
4. Post Production Essentials
Edit your video: Use Adobe Premiere or video editing software best for beginners to edit your video.
Even Adobe Premiere has a quick-edit mode for beginners and features such as Guided Edits that uses new effects to show you ways to edit your video well.
Watch your video: Check your video and revise if you see anything worth changing or corrected.
Send your video link: Save your video either on your Google Drive or Dropbox and share the link to your would-be employer through email. You may forward the file via email if the file is not too big.Share: Post your video on YouTube and make the video “public” so you can share an accessible URL link to the hiring manager or potential employer. There is a growing importance of video content nowadays, even in something such as a resumé. Even individuals need to build social media branding. You don’t know if, by posting your resumé online, you attract your next well-paying clients or employer. Forward the URL link to your hiring manager or include the link in your resumé.
Conclusion: Stand Out From the Rest with a Video Resume
As a famous saying goes, a diamond is a chunk of coal that did well under pressure (Henry Kissinger). Pressures are a normal part of life. What makes us exceptional is when we find ways how to overcome pressure. We may be living in times of crisis where there is excessive loss of life, resources, and job opportunities due to the global pandemic, but we need to remain strong and adapt to thrive.
To say that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an upheaval in our society is an understatement. But when tough times come, the tough ones arise.
You do not have to panic even if you lost a job or temporarily closed your business. You have talents, skills, and a library of knowledge and insight within you that needs to be unleashed. We need to start ways bouncing back, begin again, and learn new skills, like learning graphic design so you can be a web designer even with little to no experience, and the like.
Don’t waiver in sending out your resumé until somebody sees your potential and hires you. Trust that as you showed you are willing to go the extra mile by adding a compelling, professional-looking video introduction, employers will want to work with you and include you in their team. So include one in your resumé today, and stand out like a diamond that did well under pressure.