Tips for Creating a Video Resume

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If you're considering creating a video resume as part of your , keep these tips in mind:
- Be professional: Dress as you would for an interview and a professional demeanor. Avoid slang and, of course, cursing. Be cautious when it comes to jokes. What's funny to you may not make others laugh.
- Find a good background: Pay attention to the background of shots: make sure it looks tidy and that there are no noises in the background. You'll also want to make sure the is good. A shadow across half of your face can be distracting.
- Prepare a script: Don't ad-lib your video. You want to seem natural and off the cuff, but should have a sense of what you want to say and how you want to phrase it. Do not read directly from a script or from your resume, as that leads to a dull video. Think of the video as a pitch for why a particular company should hire you. As such, your main objective should be to express what benefits you'll the company, as well as your goals, skills, and accomplishments.
- Know your audience: As you plan your script and filming location, consider who will watch the video and accordingly. For instance, a video prepared for a position at a bank might differ from a video created for a start-up.
- Show, don't tell: Use visuals to what you're saying in the video script, ones that showcase your talents and skills. For instance, if you're applying for a job where presentations are a significant part of the role, you can film B-roll of yourself assembling a PowerPoint. If any of your presentations were recorded, use that footage in your video resume.
- Keep it brief: Videos should be between 30 and 90 seconds. Anything longer than that is unlikely to be watched.
- Share with friends and family: Getting from others is an important step. Ask a few people to watch your video, and make edits and changes based on their comments.
Always keep in mind that once your video is on the internet, you no longer over who sees it or how it's shared. Take feedback from friends and family seriously. If they think it's a misfire, do not send the video to potential employers.

Don't your personal life with your professional one. If you have information on your Facebook or Twitter page that you'd prefer employers don't see, don't link your video resume to them.
Don't expect your video resume to replace your resume. Not all employers are interested in a video resume, and others are worried about , such as hiring candidates because of how they look and sound rather than their qualifications. However, a well-done video can bolster your candidacy for employment.