Tips on Creating a Video Resume (Part II)

 

Also bear in mind that as with anything on the web, once your video file is out there, you cannot regulate how it’s shared.

Done poorly, it can, at best, stop your chances of getting an interview. At worst, it can embarrass you and take you out of contention. There’s a story about that happening to one student who sent a video resume with him serving tennis balls, lifting weights, and ballroom dancing. It made the rounds on the web and it did not move any prospective employers.

Some hiring managers will not even look at video resumes since they fear discrimination claims in the hiring process. So, while a video resume could be a good way to get noticed, consider carefully before making one be sure a video resume is a correct fit for you and solid use of your time.

Dress professionally.

Tips for Creating a Video Resume

If you’re thinking about creating a video resume as part of your job search, keep these suggestions in mind:

Be professional: Dress as if you are going to an interview and have a professional demeanor. Avoid cursing and slang. Be attentive to your background and make sure it looks neat. Additionally, be sure there are no disrupting noises in the background.

Prepare a script: Don’t totally ad-lib your video. You want to appear natural. You should have an idea of what you would like to say and how you want to phrase it. Do not read right from a script or from your resume. This leads to a boring video. The main points to convey in your video are what you’ll offer the company, your major skills, goals, and accomplishments. Think of the video as being a pitch for why the company should employ you.

Tips on Creating a Video Resume (Part I)

Video resumes are similar to the print ones. 

What is a video resume and how can it aid with your job search? A video resume is a video made by a job candidate, uploaded to the web for potential employers to see.

A video resume showcases the individual’s experience and skills and is usually used to supplement a paper resume. Like with a print resume, it’s possible for the video resume to be targeted toward a specific company or position or just a general video resume. A video resume can be made by a pro for you or you can make your own. Some job search and networking sites offer a means for users to put video resumes into their profiles.

It’s critical to keep in mind that a video resume isn’t going to get you the job. Though, it can help you in marketing yourself to a possible employer if it’s done right.

Should You Create a Video Resume?

Creating a video resume is an optional task for job seekers. Businesses will very rarely request or require a video resume from candidates. For some job seekers, especially ones in creative and visual fields, a video resume can highpoint important skills.

For example, a video resume is helpful for showing some sort of performance-based work, regardless if it entails teaching a class, acting on stage, or displaying quarterly numbers.

Additionally, a video resume can be a great way to display your personality. For folks in client-facing jobs, whose work entails charming prospective buyers, a video resume might be beneficial.

Though, it’s easy to underestimate in a video resume. There is a high risk of the filming style, script or location being unsuitable.

Warning: If you create it yourself and have little to no filming experience, your video may come across as unprofessional.