Get Hired! Produce A Stunning Video Resume like a ProMayleen
The turn of a new decade launched the world into one of its greatest battles yet. The recent Covid-19 pandemic has caught the world by surprise and to say that it upended our lives is an understatement. The world scrambled as the pandemic ravaged so many so fast. Economies had to take a break to curb the spread of the virus and protect their population. Most countries have closed their borders and implemented strict quarantine measures, leaving families the world over having to deal with new realities and new ways of living.
Businesses, schools, even government offices had to shift to remote operations to keep operating to some degree. Unfortunately, some had to face unemployment in the wake of this worldwide tragedy.
Traditional, office-based workers now had to shift working at home. The remote working sector suddenly increased dramatically, making the competition fiercer than usual. So how do you stand out among thousands of hopefuls? How do you get noticed and hired so you can start bouncing back?
The usual route is to send a resume or CV to potential employers or hiring teams. In remote working, live video interviews are becoming a staple, especially since employers sift through applicants from around the world. Live interviews can happen through messaging apps like Skype or Zoom, or through web apps specialising in video interviewing technology like VidCruiter.
Here are some tips you can use to produce professional-looking videos fast, even with amateur skills and equipment or devices you probably already have in your home.
1. Make a Good, Compelling Video Script
You can turn your best cover letter into a one to two-minute video script that highlights information not included in your actual CV. It includes more personal information, that answers the question, “What makes you different? What is a unique quality about you that you think will get you hired?”
When I shifted to remote working, I was shocked by the competition and the level of skills I needed to have in my field. But I did not focus on what others had that I had or can aspire to have. I focused on what I have that others don’t. I focused on what makes me unique and worth hiring. I realised that others might know more skills and are younger, but I have around 18 years of work experience backing me. I am resilient even in times of pressure, can sustain a positive working attitude and fulfil deliverables even amid stressful working environments. I am teachable, loyal and hardworking, which I believe are values that are important in hiring someone, beyond skills and knowledge. Since I am hardworking and willing to learn, whatever new skill I need to learn, I mentioned in my resume that I was confident I would be able to learn and improve in quickly.
You can also include hobbies that you love to do. Personality is a critical factor in remote teams because employers need to know if you will be a good fit for the team.
Tell your story briefly and always include a compelling call to action. Avoid rambling, that’s why you need to memorise your script by heart, read it out loud and adjust unclear parts. Use simple, conversational language, so you don’t sound textbook and lifeless.
2. Practice before you shoot.
After you have memorised your script, practice in front of the mirror, watch your facial expressions, mannerisms, body language, and camera angle, lighting, and even eye contact, because you want to capture the best version of yourself on-cam.
3. Choose a well-lighted, quiet area to shoot.
Pick a plain background like white or a solid colour. Choose the brightest part of your house with no visual distractions and background noise. Shooting outdoors may look creative, but it may not necessarily look professional, and it will be harder to manage background noise and other distractions. Besides, you need the employer to focus on you and what you say, not the lovely scenery or a distracting background behind you.
4. Prepare the things you need.
A good smartphone with 10 megapixels or more and that can shoot in 1080p video can be used. If you shoot in a quiet room, you may not have to use a microphone. Even if you don’t have an external microphone, you can use your regular earphones and position the mouthpiece underneath your collar. You can also place a good set of headphones near you, just outside the camera’s view, to act as a microphone. Wearing your earphones or headphones may not look professional, which is what we are trying to achieve.
The best shot to use is either a medium shot (at the stomach to two inches above the head) or a medium close-up shot (around your chest up to a couple of inches above your head). The camera’s angle needs to be at eye level. High-angle shots make you look inferior, and low-angle shots make you look superior. So stick with eye-level shots that make it look more natural and conversational. Use a tripod as well, or place the smartphone or camera on a stable surface.
Avoid wearing busy colours and prints. Use white or black if you are using a solid background, and use a solid-coloured top if your background is white or black. Putting a little pop of colour won’t hurt.
5. Shoot your video
When you shoot your video, put some lead time in the recording before you start speaking and after you finish so your videos are easier to cut and edit. Shoot 2 to 3 takes for safety and a variety of options for editing.
6. Edit your video
You can use Adobe Premiere to edit your video, which has a quick-edit mode for beginners and Guided Edits feature that utilises new effects and show you ways to edit your video well.
If you do not have this already, you may also use a web or mobile app to edit your video resume. I use Power Director for a free version and an affordable premium version.
You need to do cut-to-cut editing to clean the video copy and make sure it is within two minutes.
You can also adjust brightness, contrast, and volume of the audio. Adjust to enhance but keep the authenticity of your video.
7. Send your video link
You can save your video on either your Google Drive or Dropbox. Share the link with the hiring manager or possible employer. You may send the file via email if the file is not too big.
Another way is to post it on social media sites and make it “public.” You can also post it on Vimeo or Wistia, which are more professional-looking options for business purposes, or to YouTube. Send the URL link to your hiring manager, or include the link in your resume.
Conclusion: It’s Time to Bounce Back!
When tough times come, the tough ones arise. The times we face now call for resilience, ingenuity and creativity. We do have to panic or feel discouraged even if you may have lost a job or maybe you have a business that needs to close temporarily. You are skilled and have knowledge and insight within you, and there is a place for you in remote working, whether just for now or for the long haul. Different kinds of legitimate, good-paying employers are looking for all sorts of help. For instance, even in the area of Virtual Assistance, you can pick a niche like bakers VA, crafters VA, or real estate VA. Your video can be about a skill you have like baking, drawing, or arts and crafts. Your video can have time-lapse transitions showing you in action to show your potential employer you are what they need in their team. In a time when the world is almost at a standstill, relaunch your career with boldness. It’s time to bounce back, and it’s the time to do it now.