Get Hired! Produce A Stunning Video Resume like a ProMayleen Meñez
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. 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 also becoming a staple. Live interviews can happen through messaging apps like Skype or Zoom, or through web apps specializing in video interviewing technology like VidCruiter.
However, video resumes take your application a notch higher.
Here are some tips you can use to produce professional-looking video resumes fast, even with amateur skills and equipment or devices you probably already have in your home.
1. Make a Compelling Script for Your Video Resume.
You can turn your best cover letter into a one to two-minute video resume that highlights information not included in your actual CV. It has 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, and what makes me unique and worth hiring. Others might know more skills and are younger, but I have almost 20 years of work experience backing me.
I am resilient even in times of pressure, can sustain a positive working attitude, and fulfill deliverables even amid stressful working environments. These are values that I knew 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 understand and improve quickly.
You can also include hobbies that you love to do in your video resume. 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 memorize your script by heart, read it out loud and adjust unclear parts. Use simple, conversational language, so you don’t sound textbook and lifeless in your video resume that’s meant to be engaging.
2. Practice Before You Shoot Your Video Resume.
After you have memorized 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 color. 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 for Your Video Resume.
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 with your video resume.
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 colors and prints. Use white or black if you are using a solid background, and use a solid-colored top if your background is white or black. Putting a little pop of color won’t hurt.
5. Shoot Your Video Resume.
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 Resume.
You can use Adobe Premiere to edit your video resume. The software has a quick-edit mode for beginners. It also has a Guided Edits feature that utilizes new effects and shows you ways to edit your video well. You can also use Movavi Video Editor to wow hiring managers with your video resume. This software helps you enhance your video like a pro, and supports all popular media formats. You can also edit your video on Adobe Photoshop.
Softvire has the beginner-friendly versions of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere. You choose to get both programs in one convenient software, Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements, or get Photoshop separate from Premiere.
You can also use CyberLink Director Suite, a complete media creation package you can use to edit and create videos, photos, and audio material. 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, also from Cyberlink, for a free version and an affordable premium version. It would be best if you did 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 Resume Link.
You can save your video resume 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 video 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. You do not have to feel discouraged. Even if you have lost a job or your business needs to close temporarily—there many other ways to earn a living.
You are skilled and have knowledge and insight within you. 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 resume can be about a skill you have like baking, drawing, or arts and crafts. Your video resume can have time-lapse transitions showing you in action. You can 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.