Jump the Job Queue with a Video Resume
In a world of on-demand television, cardless cash and Uber-eats delivering your favourite lunch grub within 10 minutes, it was only a matter of time before employers would be saying ‘so long’ to the traditional paper resume. We are a tech-hungry bunch, constantly seeking more convenient and quicker ways of doing everyday tasks. So when it comes hiring, an often lengthy and laborious task for employers, you can save employer’s time and stand out from the crowd with a video resume.
Time-poor employers want to learn about the professional you in a one-stop-shop snippet. Move aside outdated paper or PDF, enter the video resume.
A written resume is by no means redundant, but if you want to get noticed by employers and shine the spotlight on your outstanding skills and work attributes, then create a video.
These days ‘being creative’ and ‘being a professional’ go hand in hand - the new Brad and Angelina. So we’re here to help you marry the two and create an individualised work of art.
Here are EmployMe’s top tips on giving your professional profile the air time it deserves:
More relevance equals more reach
Yes your video resume is all about you, but remember to stay relevant. Remain job-focused and don’t fall into the trap of shining the spotlight on irrelevant achievements (e.g. that fried chicken eating challenge you won last year). Keep in mind that your dream job lies at the other end of the camera, so it’s important to upsell your qualities that would interest an employer. What makes you a great professional? And be sure to include your personal attributes as well as your skills, qualifications, and work experience.
Don’t just read out your resume
Think Shakespeare not Roald Dahl! Don’t just reiterate your paper resume in monotone, but rather add your poetic voice and your flair. Emphasise points with hand actions, change your pitch, use props; basically don’t be afraid to go the extra mile to engage the employer.
Keep it snappy
2 minutes and 54 seconds is the average duration of the top 50 YouTube videos, after which time viewers typically lose interest. Employers want your elevator pitch in 3 minutes or less, therefore rambling won’t grip the attention of time-poor employers. Be concise where you can, and try to avoid repeating yourself or telling overly detailed examples. Employers want the bread and butter, not the kitchen sink.
Practice makes perfect
Rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse again. Politicians do it, News Reporters do it, Sports idols and the Spice Girls do it. Take the time to practice your pitch, feeding in more of your personality with every new clip. There’s some meaty logic behind the old phrase ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, so don’t just settle after your first attempt.
Triple check the technology
You’re almost finished, just one last thing before you hit the ‘send’ button. Make sure you’re not a victim of technological fail! Test the final version of your video resume in different browsers (e.g. Google Chrome, Safari), and on different devices (e.g. tablet, mobile phone, desktop and of possible different types of laptops).
Now, lights, camera, action!
By Heather Doherty
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