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10 dos and don’ts of a video resume

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10 dos and don’ts of a video resume

Any job that’s advertised today easily attracts 250 resumes or more. In such a competitive environment, how do you stand out from the rest, attract attention and make your mark?

One of the ways to achieve this is by creating a video resume. Yes, you can complement your traditional paper resume with a video resume as they are now widely accepted by  organizations around the world.

A video resume offers many advantages over a paper resume – you can express your enthusiasm, your personality and showcase your communication skills easily. Remember, a video resume should not be submitted in place of a traditional resume but as a compliment or if the employer specifies so. It’s not difficult to record a video resume. All you have to do is get a digital camera or any common smart phone can do the trick.

Here are the top 10 dos and don’ts of creating and editing a winning video resume.


 1. Write a script

Be prepared. Write and practice often so you can be flawless while filming.  Feel free to edit the script often to be clear and concise in your presentation. Planning your script carefully ensures that your best qualities are highlighted.

2. Impress with your wardrobe

Make a strong first impression on your audience. It’s important to dress appropriately for the position you are applying for. Always dress formally, in exactly the same way you would go for an actual face-to-face interview.

3. Smile and maintain eye contact

Keep your eyes focused on the camera and speak directly to the target audience. Always maintain eye contact to create trust and show your confidence. People who smile often are seen as approachable and are remembered, so smile a lot during the interview.

 4. Organize the structure

Start with a crisp and clear introduction of who you are. Follow this up with an introduction of your skills and experience that is relevant to the job. End the video by restating who you are and always have a strong call to action. This is where you can place your contact details and also clickable links to your LinkedIn profile and portfolio.

5. Keep it brief

Don’t go overboard as attention spans are notoriously short. Keep your video short and straight to the point by recording and editing it under 90 seconds or two minutes. You will have little time to capture and retain the viewer’s attention. So stay organized and on point.


 6. Don’t read from a script

You can write a script and rehearse it but during recording don’t read from it. This won’t allow your personality to shine through. Plus, making up lines on the spot can make you seem disorganized. Also ensure that you don’t take your eyes off the camera – as this may indicate that you are reading from a prompt which is an absolute no-no.

7. Don’t rush through your material

While it’s important to keep the video under two minutes, it doesn’t mean you should rush  through the material. Speak calmly, clearly, and confidently. And you can thoughtfully plan and execute all aspects of the video in a professional manner.

8. Don’t have body movements

Don’t move around a lot. If you are unconsciously fiddling with your hair or adjusting your clothes during the recording, you can avoid it. In short, stop doing anything that will draw attention away from what you are saying. Simply face the camera, relax and speak calmly.

9. Don’t compromise on light

Invest in good lighting. Having a shadowy or poorly lit video can distract from what you’re saying and make the video come across as unprofessional Using professional tools and researching lighting techniques can make your video stand apart.

10. Don’t compromise on sound

Make sure you have high quality sound. People need to struggle to hear what you’re saying. Ensuring high quality sound will demonstrate that you put effort into creating the best  outcome possible and will show the same enthusiasm at your job.

Adding a video resume can boost your odds of landing a job.  Make your video resume stands out by following these essential dos and don’ts and get that interview call.

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