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Video Resumes and How to Make an Effective One

As you may imagine, a video resume is a short video that that you make and submit to a prospective employer when you apply 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 obviously be the same – your relevant skills and experience.

You can create your video resume yourself and have a pro do it for you. But note that it will not fetch you a job in any case. However, it can help you market yourself in the job market – if you do it right. Otherwise, not getting an interview would be the best-case scenario. 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:

Stay professional.

No matter how “casual” this generation has become, impressing prospective employers is still easier when you dress and act professionally. That means no cursing and no 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 straight from a script though as that would make it too boring or uninteresting to watch. Instead, practice your script and try to sound as casual yet still formal as possible. The main points of your video should include your major goals, accomplishments and skills.

Know who’ll be watching.

While planning your video, know who will be watching it. Obviously, a video that will be watched by banker should be different from one that you make for a creative position.

Use visuals.

A good way to keep your video interesting is to use visuals in showcasing your talents and skills. 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.

This is very important, considering that people in any industry are usually very busy. Keep it as short as 30 to 90 seconds if you want someone to actually watch it to the end.

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. There’s no need to forget what you had planned and follow them blindly though. Because this is still your video, you still have to call the shots; but do grab the opportunity to listen to what they have to say, and give yourself time to process it and act on it as needed.

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