How to Create a Powerful Video Resume

By Tess Curle Taylor, PHR, CPC

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Preparing to graduate from college or switch jobs can be daunting, especially if you do not know how to direct your job search. One of the first things you need to do is put together your resume. But, instead of writing only a tired resume on paper, why not consider a video resume?

Video resumes are becoming more popular these days, especially since they are so easy to make. Video resumes let companies get a feel of who you are as a person by seeing your personality shine through on the screen. If you choose to go this route, the video resume should be part of a regular application with a paper resume, a cover letter and a LinkedIn or Google+ profile page. 

Steps for Developing a Great Video Resume 

Learn how to put together a powerful video resume that will impress even the more difficult companies you are targetting for your next career adventure. Here are some tips for creating an outstanding video resume, even if you've never done so before. 

Be Different on Video

One thing that you must absolutely understand is that the video resume must be different from your written resume. You need to use the video as a method of standing out from the rest of the candidates. Do not just repeat everything that is written on your resume in the video word-for-word. Instead, use it to show-off your business talents and skills. Let recruiters know what you bring to the table and how it sets yourself apart from the crowd.

Short and Sweet

You must know that a video resume is not a feature film. Instead, it should be no longer than 90 seconds in length. If you can, keep it to 60 seconds, but make it a strong 60 seconds. The video needs to be directed at yourself and what you offer the company. To accomplish this, create a script or a checklist of things you would like to talk about. Start with a strong introduction, share some interesting tidbits about yourself personally and professionally, then wrap it up with a powerful call to action. 

Post on Social Media Sites

If you are actively seeking employment as graduation from college looms large, consider posting your video resume on your social media pages. This can help you get noticed by more employers than you realize. This is especially true for your LinkedIn profile page.

You have more than likely already uploaded your paper resume to your profile page, so why not add your video resume? You should only post your video resume online if you are searching for a job while unemployed. Do not do this while working for another company.

Always Be Creative

We mentioned it earlier, but it is worth repeating; do not read your resume verbatim on a video resume. You need to be as creative as possible on a video resume so potential employers know what you bring to the table. Even though the video should be short, you need to consider filming yourself acting out a skill that you have, using appropriate business-related props or even filming in varying contexts of an office setting. You can still be creative in a short amount of time, so be sure to be as creative as possible.

Follow the above tips and practice your video resume script a few times in front of a mirror before recording the final version. Have a friend help you get the right look, use bright lighting, and remember to look directly into the camera lense and smile for the best results. 

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