Today’s topic… Video Resume Styles.
I get a lot of questions about different styles and features for video resumes so I’ve broken it down to 3 categories (really 2, but we’ll call it 3).
The Standard video resume is the candidate (typically head & shoulders)
- introducing yourself (20 seconds of who you are and what you’re looking for),
- explaining why you do what you do (20 seconds of why you love the type of work you’re looking for),
- giving an example of a successful assignment or relevant project (30 second story that describes the situation, what you did, and the result), and
- giving a short summary/call to action (15 seconds inviting them to contact you, check out your LinkedIn profile…)
The Interview style is different because it’s more like a conversation. You have someone either on or preferably off camera asking questions about the things you would discuss in a standard video resume.
- “Tell me a little about yourself”, and “What kind of job are you looking for?”
- “Why are you looking for this type of work?” (or what interests you in this type of work)
- “What is your favorite accomplishment and why”.
The subject then answers the questions much like they would in a job interview, only with the benefit of knowing the questions in advance and having the opportunity to do re-takes.
The Custom video resume is very similar to the standard video resume in that the candidate typically tells their story (as described above). However, portions of the script are used as a voice over, while a photo montage and/or additional video clips are used to showcase previous projects and experience.
There are also features that are often used in a video resume, such as background music (great if you lack enthusiasm in your tone of voice), green screen background images (adds some pizzaz that you don’t get with a plain background), scrolling summary (perfect for emphasizing your credentials if you have a lot of experience), displaying contact information (a must for everyone) and many others.
So what’s the best style for you?
Recent graduates or those who have less on the job experience in the field of work they’re applying for do well with a standard video resume. Discuss organizations, projects and other accomplishments. Throw in a few features for something really impressive.
People who have more experience or do creative work would do best to create a more custom video resume with video clips and a photo montage that showcases skills and accomplishments.
Anyone having difficulty coming up with a script they like, or prefer to talk about their projects and accomplishments (that can’t very easily be shown with photographs), would benefit from the interview style video resume. This gives them the opportunity to talk about and describe their accomplishments in a conversation style setting.
Regardless of what style you go with, ALWAYS remember to thank the viewer for taking the time to watch.
I hope this helps.