by: Kenneth Cossin
For almost any employer, creating a video résumé is not the end-all be-all for applying for a job. But a video résumé can be a great way to showcase your portfolio of talents. Here are a few tips in creating this supplemental visual that can really make you stand out from the crowd.
- Maintain the length of your video from one to three minutes; much longer and you will have lost your chances.
- Dress appropriately for the camera.
- Use an eye-pleasing backdrop if you do not have access to a green screen.
- Make your background appropriate for the job that you are applying for. For example, a mountain landscape would be great for a Forest Ranger, but obviously not for a Public Relations Director.
- Be aware of ambient sound, especially outdoors. The audio should be your voice, that is, no airplanes flying overhead.
- Have a script prepared and practice it!
- Be sure to include not only voice-on-camera but also voice-over work while demonstrating your portfolio.
- Use both close-ups and mid-shots. What about long shots? – Not so much… This one is common sense.
- Have several friends and trusted working professionals look at your video before finalizing your post production.
- Hand out your video résumé during the interview if possible. Be mindful of the employer; some may wish to view it after you have left.
- Have fun! Enjoy the creation process. If you are stressed or “stiff” on camera, you will be perceived in that fashion by the viewer.