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Video Resumes and How to Make an Effective One

As you can probably imagine, a video resume is something you would make when you’re applying for a job. And like a conventional print resume, a video resume may be targeted to a certain position or company, or general. The content will naturally be no different – your skills and experience relevant to the job you seek.

You can make your own video resume or you can hire a professional to do it for you. In any case, you have to remember that it will not get you a job. However, it can help you market yourself in the job market – if you do it right. Otherwise, you may not get an interview at best. Don’t include anything that might be embarrassing in any way.

If you’re thinking of submitting a video resume to prospective employers, let these tips be your guide:

Maintain professionalism.

No matter how much time has changed, behaving professionally, which includes dressing professionally, is still the way to do a video resume. So don’t even try cursing or slang. And check the the background – it should be clean and presentable.

Use a script.

Adlibs are good, but sometimes they make you waste people’s time. While you want to sound natural and sincere, you should have at least a guide of what you want to say and what words you want to use. Don’t read straight from a script though as that would make it too boring or uninteresting to watch. Instead, practice your script while trying to sound as naturally as possible. The main points of your video should include your major goals, accomplishments and skills.

Consider who’ll be watching.

While planning your video, know who will be watching it. Obviously, what works for a banking position may not work for a creative position and vice-versa.

Use visuals.

A good way to keep your video interesting is to use visuals in showcasing your talents and skills. For instance, if you’re setting your signs for a graphic design position, you can film yourself with your Photoshop while working on a design. Or if you have any previously shot videos of you creating your designs, add that.

Keep it short and concise.

This can be crucial, knowing that people are mostly busy today, no matter what industry they’re in. Keep it as short as 30 to 90 seconds if you want someone to actually watch it to the end.

Ask for feedback.

Finally, before actually submitting your resume video, ask some friends and family members to sit through it and give you constructive feedback. It’s always helpful to remain open to the opinions of others. There’s no need to forget what you had planned and follow them blindly though. You’re still in charge since this is still your video, but grab the chance to know what they think and ponder on their advice.

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