How to make a video resume
How do you avoid internet infamy and create something potential employers (and your grandma) would love?
SOME THINGS YOU SHOULD DO
1. Draft a script. Get the key points you’d like to discuss down on paper. Don’t use vague phrases like “team player” and “detail orientated.” Show the viewer you’ve got the skills by using concrete examples of what you’ve done.
2. Create with your audience in mind. Who’s going to see this video? What problems do they have? How can you help solve them? Show the viewer why you’re valuable and why they should have you on their team.
3. Keep it short. People are busy. Get to the point quickly while keeping it engaging. Stick to 60 to 90 seconds.
4. Play to your strengths. Are you an in front of the camera or a behind the scenes person? Choose a video format that works best for you and that helps you put your best foot forward.
5. Use quality equipment. If you decide to stand in front of the camera, use a good mic and camera, light the scene properly and film somewhere quiet.
6. Slow down. Most of us have a tendency to speed up when we’re nervous or uncomfortable. Slow down. Remember, you can take as many takes as it takes (now say that three time fast.)
7. Include relevant links. The video resume grabbed their attention. It’s time to bring it home. Include links to your resume, your portfolio and relevant social media channels.
8. Be yourself. Working for a company is a two-way street. You need to fit well together. Breathe, relax and be yourself. Easy, right?
PLEASE DON’T DO THIS
1. Film in your pajamas. This is your first impression, make it a good one. Dress and present yourself like you would in an interview.
2. Sound like a robot. Don’t read off the script or list off all your achievements in a monotone voice. Keep the viewer engaged or you’ll lose them and the opportunity.
3. Parrot your resume. This is your chance to show why you are a good fit and highlight the skills that can get lost on paper.
4. Make something you don’t want others to see. This is the internet. Don’t put something out there you don’t want your mom or your friends (or your enemies) to see.
5. Exaggerate your achievements. Be honest about your skills, your experience and what you bring to the table.