As the pandemic pushes our lives further into the new normal, life is going to be lived in a world of ‘necessary contact only’. This is going to impact just about everything we have been doing. Things have massively taken a shift from offline to online, meeting in person to greeting over video calls and many more.
Video Resume (commonly known as Visume or Video CV) is a new way for you to present your abilities beyond the capacity of a paper resume. In a simpler term, it a short account of your qualification, work experience, and hobbies make into a video rather than on a piece of paper. It can be used as a supplement to the conventional resume. The video resume allows you to demonstrate your speaking, interpersonal, creative or technical skills in a way which simple papers resume cannot.
A visume done correctly can have impressive results but done poorly, can affect your chances of getting an interview. If you’re thinking about going down the video resume route, we’ve got some tips for you below:
- Plan it out
Plan out your video. Do you want to record it on your smart phone or your desktop? Do you want a friend to take a video? Do you want to give a presentation with a voiceover? Video resumes provide you with a lot of freedom, so you can be as creative as you want.
- Know your audience
The information in your visume should be relevant to your target audience. What you want to achieve from your visume is to sell your skills and experience and convince your audience that you are someone that they want to hire.
Figure out what they want to see and give them it.
- Be professional
- Just like a traditional written resume, you need to keep your video resume professional.
- Dress the same way you would dress for a job interview.
- Make sure the background and location of your video is appropriate. Cluttered, unorganized backgrounds are distracting and hiring managers’ notice. The safest and best thing to do is film in front of a solid colored wall.
- The title of your video is important. Titles with your name and the words video resume make it easier for recruiters to find your visume.
- Don’t read off your resume
Reading off your resume is the most common visume mistake. The main purpose of a video resume is to show the employer who you are, not tell them, because they can read it themselves.. The video will not replace your traditional resume; you still need to submit a written resume in most places.
- Short and sweet
Successful video resumes are usually short and to the point. It is best to keep the video resume between 60 to 120 seconds. There’s a lot you can say in two minutes. Introduce yourself clearly, and end the video by thanking them for taking the time to view your resume.
- Watch your own video
What matters most is how you see yourself. If you appear confident, have listed all the needed attributes and conveyed what you needed to say, then you have your video resume. Other points you want to take notice of are the background noise, the angle of the camera and the lighting source.
- Don't Be Afraid to Be Creative
If you're opting for a video resume, then go the whole hog and make it spectacular. Be creative, whether that's with the concept of your pitch, use of humor, clever production values or brilliant editing.
However, stay classy. "Be creative, but professional.
Review it again and again. Try not to miss any crucial details such as the background or any wrong pronunciation. Most importantly try to make other people watch it for feedbacks and work upon those. Edit and make changes according to the remarks.
- End with a clear CTA
It is a great idea to end your video resume with a clear, distinct, and straightforward call-to-action to encourage the interviewer to proceed to the next step.
You can conclude it by sharing your contact details or a link to your portfolio where the interviewer can take a look at your work, or view your LinkedIn profile for example.
- Practice makes perfect
Creating a good video resume is simply a skill. Practice recording your video and show versions to a friend till you are happy with a version of your video resume that is ready to share!
Remember: First impressions are everything, so always smile and stare straight into the camera.
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