Record video resume? With these tips you bring yourself to the attention
17 Jun 2021Updated: 4 hours ago | people are reading
© Maaike Oude Geerdink Record video CV? With these tips you bring yourself to the attention
Do you already know it? A video resume? It is a self-recorded video in which job seekers present themselves briefly. And, for some companies it is already a regular part of the application process. Because many people are now sitting at home, because of the corona crisis, a video CV has grown in popularity.
Making a video CV is the way to get your attention to bring. Especially at a time when vacancies are scarce and personal acquaintance is not possible. Recruitment agency Walters People is giving away some golden tips for recording an impressive short video pitch.
Video Resume Tips
1. Know what you want to tell
In a video resume you not only tell about your work experience and skills, but also show your personality - something that is not possible on a normal resume. Start with a short introduction about yourself, then you can tell something about your work experience (what makes you unique?), Tell what you are looking for and close strongly. And by a strong ending, we mean you want to get the viewer to take action. For example, at the end of your video, ask the viewer to contact you.
2. Practice, practice and practice
Now that you know what you are going to tell, it is important to prepare well. Make sure you know the text for your video resume by heart. Write down the text in advance and practice it a few times, as this will prevent you from chopping. Struggling to keep looking into the camera? Then practice in front of the mirror.
How long should a video resume last? Between 60 and 90 seconds. Does it take longer? Then people quickly lose their attention, and when your recording is shorter you can tell just too little about yourself.
3. Technical preparation
Before you start recording, it is also important to look at your surroundings. You want to be clearly visible, so that good lighting is an advantage. Make sure the light comes from the front or the side, not from behind. In addition, also provide a quiet background, such as a wall. There may be a painting or plant in the background, but avoid your bedroom, for example.
Are you recording the video with your phone? Then place it against something during filming, so that the image does not move. Charge your phone properly, because it would be a shame if your video breaks down halfway through. And finally: film horizontally and make sure you look representative and professional.
4. Record Text: check. Preparation: check. Time to shine! Be aware of how you appear while recording the video. Do not stand too far from the camera, this can appear impersonal and this will make you less connected to the viewer. Place your camera at eye level, stand in the center of the frame and keep the distance you would normally keep when speaking to someone face-to-face.
Record the video while standing, so come you automatically become more confident and stronger about it. Do you prefer to sit? Then make sure you sit up straight. Speak calmly and clearly, and make sure you are clearly understood. And, don't forget to keep a smile on your face.