6 Tips for a Great Video Resume

By Stacey Gleeson - Job Search & Interview Coach - Brisbane

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There is quite a bit of buzz around video resumes these days but before you hit the record button, read through these tips to make sure you have maximum impact.

  1. Write a script

A video resume is not the time to "wing it" you need to know what information you want to get across and how you are going to do it.

The areas you should be covering include:

  • Who are you
  • What are you currently doing?
  • A brief outline of your past experience
  • Where do you want your career to go?
  • What you have achieved in the past
  • Thank the viewer for their time

It is similar to answering the "Tell me about yourself" question in an interview. Make sure at the end of the video, the view knows who you are, what you do, who you work with, how you help them and your direction moving forward.

  1. Length

You want each viewer to be engaged and get to the end of your video. Recruiters and hiring managers are notoriously short of time so keep it to 3 minutes. While that is a small amount of time, you can get a lot of information across.

  1. Practice

Once you've created your script, start practicing. Do this in front of a mirror, or better yet, record your practice sessions so you can watch them after. Things you need to be aware of include your body language, facial expressions and hand gestures, your tone of voice and the speed you are talking and how it sounds overall. If it sounds scripted and stiff, keep practicing and fine tuning until it is more conversational and engaging.

  1. Personal presentation

Get dressed like you are going for an interview. Make sure your outfit is perfect (and doesn't blend into your background) and don't forget the small details like your hair and nails. For more tips on personal presentation, click here. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/interview-dress-codes-stacey-gleeson

  1. Background

Make sure when you are filming to have a solid (clean) wall or a tidy and professional environment behind you. You are the star of this video and the focus should be on you.

  1. This does not replace your written resume

Keep in mind, your video resume does not replace a written resume. Video resumes are short and concise, they are a great way of introducing yourself and engaging with the hiring manager. Include a link to your video resume in your written resume to add extra impact and engagement.

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