Video Resumes – Do not Be Intimidated – 7 Easy Tips

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Have you really turned over every stone, looking for that first interview to your next job? If you have not created a video resume yet, then that's one stone that needs to be dug up. Many find just thinking through the process of creating a video resume overwhelming and fail to see its simplicity. Many investigate third-party professional help and find that it's just too expensive especially with their own reduced income.

Do not be intimidated. You can easily create an excellent video resume by yourself. Here are some simple tips using household items and professional videography techniques. You probably spent many hours tweaking your paper resume. So, you have to expect that creating a video resume is going to take a little effort.

1 – You do not need an expensive camera. You can purchase a low capacity digital Flip Camera on the internet for less than $ 70 or borrow a friend's camera or web-cam.

2 – Write out a conversational script answering the question, "tell me about yourself". Use no more than 240 words which equates to a 90 second video resume.

A good outline could be:

15 seconds – Born, raised, education.

30 seconds – Early work history.

30 seconds – Your last position. (Or most relevant position)

15 seconds – Exit statement of why you are here. Thank the viewer.

3. Consider camera and subject positioning.

Use something stationary or a tripod to keep the camera level to avoid bouncing.

A textured background with solid colors works best. Your clothes should contrast the background color.

Sitting in a chair is better than standing.

The chair should be angled about 30 degrees from straight on with the camera.

The subject should be at least 18 inches from the background.

Focus from chest and allow about 2 inches of background to be seen above the head.

Do not zoom-in while the camera is recording. It's too distracting. Record the video in one take.

4 – Consider sound.

Recording should be done in a room with carpeting and drapes to improve acoustics.

Avoid the distracting noises of TVs, talking, coughing, street noise, and animals.

Listen to your video for your voice being too soft or too loud.

Project your voice clearly and display your personality with a smile.

5. Consider lighting.

A single key light on the subject should be positioned about 30 degrees from a straight view of the subject's head.

Use one of the new, spiral, soft white energy-efficient bulbs.

If the light is too harsh on the face, diffuse the light with a white sheet or an opaque food container lid.

Place a plain white poster board on the opposite side from the light source for fill light. Play with the angle of it to produce the desired effect of just a little shadow for depth perception. Viewers should be able to see the subject's eyes without shadows.

6 – What to wear?

You should wear what you would wear to a face-to-face interview.

Let what you say and how you say it is most important, not what you wear.

7 – How to say it?

Look the camera in the eye.

Be professional but not overly serious. Your goal is to be considered a qualified candidate.

Relax, have some fun, and show your personality. Speak clearly.

Smile and show enthusiasm. Deliver your message with confidence.

Make a great first impression without the stress blowing it because of your nervousness in person.

Source by Jerry Cronlund