A video resume is a fantastic tool to show off your skills and personality to prospective employers. But it’s not as simple as getting in front of a camera and talking. A good video resume (just like a written resume) takes time, preparation and practice. Here are tips for a video resume to get you started.
Prepare. Have a list of talking points you want to hit. You don’t need to have a complete draft of everything you plan on saying (in fact that’s one of the things you want to avoid because it makes you sound scripted) but it’s a good idea to have a list of points you want to highlight and then talk freely about them.
Look the part. Think of a video resume as a meeting with the recruiter. You want to appear professional and dressing smartly is a good way to do that. Also consider the backdrop of your video. It’s usually a good idea to keep it clutter free. After all, the only thing you want to stand out in your video is you.
Do a practice run. Don’t be afraid of re-recording. Watch back what you recorded and don’t worry if you don’t nail it in the first try, few people do. It’s also not a bad idea to get feedback from a fresh set of eyes. Ask a friend or a relative to take a look and give you feedback.
Beware of technical issues. No matter how good your video pitch is, nothing ruins it faster than technical problems. Make sure the video is appropriately framed and you can hear the audio clearly without any distortions. Being stationary while you are recording should make things easier.
And last but not the least, be natural. Do it as if you were speaking to an actual person and not into a camera. Be yourself.
Be professional but don’t be overly serious. Be enthusiastic, confident and smile. It’s also a good idea to keep the video free of any distractions. That means dressing professionally and recording in a clean, clutter free environment. The sole focus of your video resume should be you.
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