Lights, camera, action! Get your video seen and provoke the reaction you desire.
By Lisa Vaas
Townley Paton, president and owner of InterviewClips.com, shared these additional tips on how to best produce a video resume.
- Employers review most paper resumes in less than 10 seconds; bear that in mind and keep your clips short.
- Don't bother with VHS tapes, DVDs or CD-ROMs. Provide a link to the video resume instead.
- Don't use YouTube, Vimeo or any other video-server service where other material may provide distractions. Many companies block their employees’ access to those sites anyway.
- Divide your presentation into video segments with a progress bar below the frame so employers understand how much longer the clip will run. Don't use online video players that remove the bar.
- Never use a Tele-Prompter. Employers will think of it as cheating.
- Never edit an answer or patch together the voice track. It erodes viewer trust.
- Beware of poor production values. Not using a tripod; low camera quality; poor sound; rough compression; or worst of all, poor lighting, will kill your chances of making a good impression.
Lisa Vaas covers resume writing techniques and the technology behind the job search for TheLadders.