You go online looking for a job so you register on a job posting site to apply. The recruiter tells you that they want a video resume. This is the first time you’ve ever heard of it.
A video resume is basically what it says it is. It’s your resume in video format. This is the newest method of job application influenced by today’s technological advancements.
If this concept is still new to you, then here are the step-by-step ways on how to create a video resume:
Think of what you want to say and show in your video. Plan accordingly because it will most likely have a time requirement. Also include which file format of the video you will save it to because you have to consider the compatibility of the file to the site or platform you will upload it to.
Other than that, plan on how will you approach the recruiter through the video. You may talk in front of your phone’s camera or if you are not comfortable with that, you can have a friend interview you behind the camera however way you think you can get your message across.
In addition, dress up for the occasion. Your clothes do not necessarily have to be formal but make sure that you look the part you want to play.
2. Take note of the “technicals”
Make sure to note of this important stuff:
- Lighting – the location where you will shoot your video must be well-lit.
- Sound – check your audio before and after recording and talk as clearly as possible.
- Quality of your video – see to it that your footage is crystal-clear
3. Ready a script
When we say a script, we are not talking about your resume but an outline of what you need to say in your video. There is no need to recite your resume while on camera. Instead, you should talk about your experiences and/or notable projects, that make you a suitable candidate for the job you are applying for.
4. Edit your creation
If you have no editing experience, do not worry. There are a ton of editing instructional content online that you can use as a reference. Moreover, there are also countless video editing softwares out there that are beginner-friendly. It is better that you also learn how to edit your resume because you yourself know what it should look like.
5. Get feedback
Let your friends and maybe family members view your video and then ask them for comments. They might see something from their perspective that can improve your resume. Take what you can get and decide if you should record again or if there is a part you should edit out etc.
In addition, here are a few more tips to pick up on:
- You can put photos and graphics in your video. You do not have to tell everything when you can show.
- Re-shoot if needed. Shoot as many takes as you feel like taking.
- Make changes over time once you have things to add.
In closing, following these steps and tips will certainly help you with your career not just in the present but also moving forward as the competition on the job market continues to heat up in the coming years. The new wave that is the video resume is sure to stay and will be a part of the career seeking business for quite some time.