Are you in the middle of a job search and looking for a more effective way to market yourself to potential employers? A video resume might be just what you need. While it won’t replace your traditional resume, it’s a great way to pop out from the stack of paper on a recruiter’s desk.
Many job seekers are wary of going on camera, but these short video clips are a way to present yourself to a potential employer as not just a name on a resume. In a video resume you will be able to highlight your experience, as well as convey many of the soft skills you may possess that are difficult to convey on a paper resume. Here are some tips to get you started:
- Keep it short. A paper resume is best if kept to one page. A video resume needs limits, too. Try to keep it under a minute, and make sure you don’t go much longer.
- Be professional. Treat your video resume like a job interview. Dress professionally and keep your body language positive, with open-handed gestures. Treat the camera like your future boss, making sure to keep eye contact to project confidence, and remember to smile!
- Prepare your words. Time is limited, so make sure you say what you need to say. Work on a summary of your professional achievements and goals before you tape your video resume, and memorize what you’re going to say. Reading from a piece of paper is visually distracting and of course discouraged. Be yourself and answer honestly, just like you would in an interview.
Overwhelmed with the idea of doing a video resume? Burnett’s Staffing can help. All you have to do is show up at our office and we’ll do the rest of the work. We’ll work with you to get the best possible video for you, help you present yourself, and even send the final result to companies looking to hire. Contact us today to get started with your own video resume!