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Creating that 'Once in a Lifetime' Video Resume

Updated on May 10, 2015
Video Resume
Video Resume

Video Resume? What is it?

For all those who are not conversant with the concept of 'video resume' – it is an impactful form of resume which brings a job application to life. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the job questers to break the shackles and cross the peak points of their careers. Not to promote discouragement, but to communicate circumspection – failure to click the right method of creating this newest variety of resume may unfortunately present you as a laughingstock. So, beware!

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How Does it Come Out as a Boon?

A properly crafted video resume is your passport to the prominent opportunities of your vocation. Where it has become vexed and challenging to get your toe in the interview door, this new resume format makes the job as easy as pie.

A digital strategist created a video resume for one of the job openings at Google Incorporation which fetched him the interview, but unluckily, he could not win the job. However, what that video recording did for him was just phenomenal. “Efforts never go waste,” they say. He picked up some four hundred thousand visits on his website and induced quality job interviews from other leading firms. Besides, he was successful in arresting global media attention, which was much beneficial for his career growth.

Wasn't that exciting? Of course, it was!

Apart from being an essential tool in an employment seeker's toolkit, this strategic implementation – video profile – is also a great boon which blesses the applicants with a fine platform to unwrap their personality facets which, otherwise, could not be conveyed through a paper document.

Video Resume Equipment
Video Resume Equipment

How Should I Gear Up?

Clamp light, microphone, and camera – these are the three necessary gadgets that you need to be ready with before you shoot your video resume.

Microphone – It is indispensable to have an efficient microphone that can produce a clear audio recording for going a long way in the process. Condenser microphone such as Rode smartLav is good for smart phones while Canon or Nikon varieties are good buys for DSLR cameras or camcorders.

Clamp light It is very important to have your face nicely lit up and the room highlighted to make a convincing impact on the recruiter while she is assessing your video profile. FlareAlert 75-Watt PVC Clamp Lamp or any other incandescent clamp lamp could do the job for you.

Camera If you want to put up a real hard-hitting and imposing video for the web recruiters then you should have a high quality camera to make them have a 'coup d'oeil' at your portfolio. Using a DigiBeta camera won't attract many eyes; consider a DV or HDV instead.

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How do I Make One?

These are some of the must-read tips that you need to pay heed for creating a result-oriented profile video that would grasp the curiosity of the recruiter to dig out more information about you.

Climbing the first step Recruiters of top companies have confessed that resume recordings up to a minute have successfully super impressed them until now. So, make your best, trimmed down script that fits itself well in those two valuable minutes worth gold dust. Pick up a good outfit, preferably bearing light colors to have a formal look. Besides, study the type of audience and discuss about the important highlights of your profile.

Differentiating from the traditional pattern – What would you gain when your video resume gives the potential employer same as what a traditional resume gives? Don't just verbalize the content on paper (you will be attaching your resume with the application); give out the real crux of your portfolio by exposing your job relevant skill sets and experiences. You may talk about your passions and special interests that relate to the applied job profile.

Getting the technicalities right – Ensure that you have a plain, soothing background (not necessarily white) to have the camera focus well on the subject, i.e., you. Beware of the sunlight (if shooting during the day), additive lighting (if any), unwanted shadows, and poor light, as these might hinder the camera lens and affect the video quality. Allow sufficient head room for the top section of the frame and change shots from full length to medium close-up (side angles also add good effects) wherever possible. Sound confident, be relaxed, and present a nice standing posture in front of the camera. It will be better if you use some editing techniques as well.

Got It!
Got It!

Got it? That's Great!

The best thing about video resume is that you can refine and remake it a thousand times until you have perfected it to give an eye-popping experience for your prospective employer. Guess you are all prepared to hit the record button. Happy recording!

© 2014 Steven Chopade


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      Covington Professional Resume Services LLC 2 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Great article.