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What Is a Video Resume and What Makes a Good One?

As you may picture, a video resume is a video you make and submit to a potential employer when applying for a job. And as with any typical paper resume, a video resume may be general or targeted to a specific company or position. The content will naturally be no different – your skills and experience relevant to the job you seek.

You can create your video resume yourself and have a pro do it for you. In any case, you need to keep in mind that it will not land you a job. If done right, however, it can increase your odds in all the right ways. If not, you’ll probably never make it to an interview at best. Never include anything that could be embarrassing in any way.

Keep the following tips in mind if you’re thinking of creating a video resume:

Stay professional.

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.

Make a script.

Adlibbing is good, but not when it starts to 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 right from a script though because that would make you boring or uninteresting. Instead, practice how to deliver the script in a formal but still natural tone. Your video should mainly express your goals, skills and accomplishments.

Consider your audience.

As you plan your video, research who will be watching it. Obviously, what works for a banking position may not work for a creative position and vice-versa.

Use visuals.

To keep your video interesting, incorporate visuals as a way of flaunting your skills and talents. For example, if you’re applying for the position of graphic designer, you can film yourself creating a design on Photoshop. Or if you have footage of yourself working on your designs, that would be great to include.

Keep it short and concise.

This is very important, considering that people in any industry are usually very busy. Keep it between 30 to 90 seconds, or your video will likely be untouched.

Ask your family and friends for feedback.

Finally, before submitting your resume video, ask people around you to watch it and give honest feedback. It’s always good to listen to what others have to say. You don’t have to follow what they tell you anyway. 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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