7 Video Resume Tips From a Video Pro

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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.

  1. Employers review most paper resumes in less than 10 seconds; bear that in mind and keep your clips short.
  2. Don't bother with VHS tapes, DVDs or CD-ROMs. Provide a link to the video resume instead.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Never use a Tele-Prompter. Employers will think of it as cheating.
  6. Never edit an answer or patch together the voice track. It erodes viewer trust.
  7. 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.

Topics: Resume