Tips for Creating a Video Resume

With the advent of technology, the hiring process is destined to be transformed. Sooner or later in your career search, you may find that the video resume might be the best way of standing out from the crowd.

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Creating a Video Resume

A combination of an increased use of technology and a desire to stand out from other job candidates has led many people to make video resumes. If this is something you're thinking of doing, here are some tips to ensure you're creating the best one possible.

Video Resumes

Video resumes are short (usually no more than a few minutes) videos that give you a chance to tell a potential employer a little more about who you are and what you have to offer. According to U.S. News & World Report, it is one of the latest trends in human resources departments. Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help put you at ease and create a successful video resume.

What to Say

Think about the most important things you'd want to share during an actual interview. Do you have particular skills or unique experience that you want a potential employer to know about? Or do you want to share specific ways you think you could be an asset to their company? The answers to these questions will give you a starting point. If the video resume might be your first introduction to an employer, you need to make sure you are giving them the information that is the most likely to get you a call for an interview.

Once you have everything you want to say planned out, practice it a few times in front of a mirror before you actually film. This will help you get more comfortable so that once you are in front of the camera, you are less likely to stumble over your words. It could also make you more aware of bad habits like saying 'uh' a lot so you can correct them.

How to Dress

When it's time to film, dress just like you would for an actual job interview. Remember - you're trying to create the best impression possible, so a shirt that says 'beer pong champion' might not be a very good idea. Instead find some nice business attire to wear. You also want to make sure you comb your hair and look completely put together, not like you just rolled out of bed.

Where to Film

Find a place that is nice and quiet, because you don't want your roommate's loud music in the background. You also should make sure there is a solid background to avoid having anything distracting or possibly inappropriate behind you.

When It's Time to Record

Once you actually start to record, be sure to sit up straight and looked poised. It can be hard to make a good impression if you're slouching with your legs stretched out. You also need to make a conscious effort not to get fidgety and do things like play with your hair. When you begin talking, speak slowly and clearly while being short and to the point. Avoid rambling or going off on tangents.

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