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Common Mistakes to Avoid when making a Video Resume

Every day we wake up to a more technologically advanced world than the one we left the night before, and the job-seeking game isn’t exempt from this. We need to get with the times and trade in that old, dusty, bland paper resume and replace it with a state-of-the-art, sexy, tech-savvy video resume that will set you apart from the fierce competition out there.    

Now, before you press play - or get Siri to do it for you - we want to share a few top tips on what NOT to do when creating your video resume. There are only so many chin shots, tacky ‘special’ effects and distracting background objects that employers can take.

Polaroid to Panasonic – Does it matter?

The answer is no! A video resume is about you, the potential employee, not the technology you use. The video content is far more effective than clever cinematography. Don’t be disheartened if you decide to go solo with a vintage camcorder, if you can sell yourself to the camera then you can sell yourself to the employer and voice just how valuable you are. 

Be Flawless from the First Impression

The first impression is the ‘make or break’ and that even applies to employers and candidates. In which case be consistent and flawless from the start, and maintain a professional manner throughout your three to five minutes in the spotlight. Don’t be fooled by the fact that you’re in your comfortable, non-corporate home setting. You wouldn’t kick back on the couch in a face-to-face interview right? Stay on target, deliver the messages you want to deliver and dress to impress. You have the failsafe of being able to delete and do-over so do this until the finished piece is perfect!

Don’t be let down by the backdrop

Have you ever watched a movie and spent more time questioning what’s going on in the background than what the main characters are doing? The untidy kitchen, the whistling from the man in the cowboy hat crossing the street, or the bearded barista serving up quality coffee. Distractions are all around us, but when you’re making a quick movie clip it’s in your control. Keeping it minimal is key. Minimise mess, make sure there is no movement in the background, speak clearly and eliminate any shuffling papers or background noise. Don't do anything you wouldn't do in a face-to-face interview.

Get your good side, with the right lighting

Light is a powerful entity, especially when producing a video. Light is incredibly clever and can control the mood of your video, direct the eye of the viewer, emphasize and de-emphasize elements within a frame, add texture and color and can make people look beautiful, ugly, sinister, or angelic.

Video CVs provide recruiters with the perfect opportunity to reject you before they have even met you, which is why it is important that you convey WHY you are valuable and why the employer needs YOU in their team. What makes you a cut above the rest?

Now, put on your interview face, and ACTION!


By Heather Doherty

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