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Tips For Video Resumes: No Excuses!

tips for video resumesIt’s understandable if some people feel funny in front of a webcam. Kind of like how it sounds funny when you hear your own voice, it can be a bit odd to watch yourself on video. However, video resumes are a great way to set yourself apart from the job search competition. You may also be a bit confused on what to say, fear of looking goofy (or is that just me?), etc. However, all of these excuses for avoiding video resumes can be negated with some simple tips and tricks. Got an excuse? We’ve got an answer, and some tips for making a great video resume.

I don’t know how to work a camera/equipment
For many video resume platforms— like Spark Hire— you only have to know how to click “record” and “stop recording.” The platform automatically connects to the webcam on your computer. You even get to see yourself while you are recording!

Newer webcams and digital cameras also have very simple options for recording video, if you want to go that route. The biggest piece of advice for these recordings— since you will likely be standing in front of the camera, instead of sitting at your desk— is to put the camera on a level surface or tripod. It is very difficult to watch a shaky picture!

I don’t know what to say
The great news here is that your video resume should be around one minute long. No sweat! During that 60 seconds you should: introduce yourself, describe the kind of position you are applying for, cover brief work history, achievements, and education. It would also be appropriate to include professional goals, a quick anecdote about your successes at work, or an example of your commitment to your job.

I’m afraid I’ll look goofy
Maybe this is just me. I hate looking at videos of myself or hearing recordings of my voice. It just seems weird. Three tips for this one:

  • Get over it. You’re not the only one who feels this way. You don’t want to be the only one letting it stand in the way of professional success.
  • Practice, practice, practice. The more you practice making video resumes, the less uncomfortable the process will seem.
  • Have a friend look at the video resume with you. He or she will be able to tell you honestly how it looks, and possibly help you re-shoot anything that still looks funky.

What are your excuses for not making a video resume? Leave a comment below, or send me a tweet: @ithinkther4iamb We’ll talk about it! #videoresume

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Kristin has a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa, with an emphasis in creative writing. In her free time she enjoys long walks, kitchen adventures, and making puns.

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