7 Video Resume Tips for Job Seekers
Video resumes are short videos created by job seekers to enhance their chances of being noticed by potential employers. Most candidates use the video to share more detailed information about what’s already on their traditional resume.
Whether you’re a freelancer or are applying for a traditional job and want to get a leg up on the competition, video resumes are a unique and creative way to get employers to notice you. However, doing it right is key.
Take a look at our seven tips for creating a successful video resume:
1. Do it right or not at all – Just like any traditional resume, your video resume should look professional and attract the type of employers you want to work for. An organized and well-thought-out video resume with a purpose will get you much farther than if you were to do one take and upload the raw video.
2. Be professional – Dress for success like you would for an interview. If you’re sitting in the video, make sure you’re sitting up straight and not slouching. Speak to the camera as you would to a potential employer interviewing you. Although you’ll be talking about your experience and expertise, you should show the employer that you’re a put-together professional.
3. Use what you have – An expensive camera and recording studio aren’t required for filming a video resume. In fact, with good lighting, a steady hand, and a solid color wall, your smartphone camera will do just fine. Natural light and crisp, clear sound are most important here. If you’re filming at home, make sure the visible areas in your frame are clean and tidy.
4. Keep it short and sweet – Video resumes should run no longer than 3 minutes. Employers don’t want nor need to hear your whole life story. Instead, use these few minutes to highlight and expand on your skills, goals, and accomplishments. In essence, a video resume should supplement your traditional resume, not replace it altogether.
5. Prepare a script – Rambling will get you nowhere. Before sitting down to film your video resume, write out what you want to say and how you want to say it. Use your words wisely and try not to sound redundant. Remember, you only have a few minutes to sell yourself, so make them count!
6. Edit – Don’t just upload the raw video of you talking at the camera. Use this as an opportunity to literally show off your talent and past work by inserting footage of you giving a presentation or working on a visual project. It’s also best to use professional editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, a free editing software, to make sure your video looks high-quality.
7. Post your video where everyone can access it – YouTube is the best place for video resumes to live because it’s free and anyone can use it. You can set the video to private and only allow those with the link, such as employers, to view it or keep it public for more exposure. Make sure your video’s resolution is set at 1080p or higher for the best viewing experience.
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