Video Resume: What To Do and Not Do To Impress Employers

Video Resume: What To Do and Not Do To Impress Employers (Episode 83)

video marketing podcast Nov 18, 2021

You’ve always eyed that dream job and built your credentials to support it, but so do other people. To up your chances of landing that job, you turn to the new black of the online world: video resumes. But as soon as you start writing your script and try recording your pitch, you realise it’s a different game on its own.

Welcome to 'Get Coached', the Video Made Simple podcast segment where you submit your video marketing questions and Chris will help coach you through them.

In this episode, Chris Schwager, Video Marketer from Ridge Films, will coach you through the do’s and don’ts in creating a video resume that will increase your chances of getting that perfect interview and landing your dream job.

Listen to understand how video resumes work and how it should complement your written resume, not replace it. Remember, your video should be the first thing they look at, and it’s your chance to let them see what is hard to transfer in writing: your personality.


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Video Transcription:


Welcome to the Video Made Simple podcast. I'm your host, Chris Schwager, and today's Get Coached question is from Mitchell. And Mitchell wants to know, what are the do's and don'ts of creating a video resume? Wow, what an interesting question. And if you want to stay ahead of the game and clinch that dream job, then your resume must make the best possible impression that it can. And what better way to stand out than to make a video to showcase your skills and your personality. So Mitchell, let me help you.

You just graduated, let's paint the scenario here, with honors, and have colorful credentials that can help you land your dream job, but so do other people. You're not alone. So you've loaded up your video experiences and made your video resume but you are unsure if what you've produced is enough. While your resume provides detailed information about your work experience, education and skills and achievements and all that wonderful stuff, what your video resume can also offer is that intangible quality that will showcase your strength, your wit, your warmth, and good communication skills. And we all know how important good communication skills are in today's landscape. So here are the do's and don'ts of creating a video resume.

Point one smile and look at camera. Your smile will light up the camera, it'll certainly have a positive first impression. You don't want to move around too much and create too much distraction. You just want to smile, be pleasant and be clear about what you're saying.

Point two be prepared. You know how important it is to be prepared in an interview. It's the same type of thing. Don't sound like you're reciting a script, be conversational, prepare yourself, but be natural and relaxed that will help to make the audience relaxed as well.

Point three, and this is a great next step is showing off your personality. Don't worry about covering everything, you know, leave them wanting more. And if you do show that you are capable, but also have the art of communicating effectively. And you can do that succinctly and you have the personality to deliver that, it will resonate with your audience and they'll get to see that really beautiful shine coming through in video form.

And finally, point for end the video sounding confident. Don't stress it too much. Make sure that you are short and sharp about the way that you communicate. Get to the point. Avoid using words like hope. I hope I can be, I hope this was useful. I hope I'm a good candidate. Avoid those types of words, those flaky words. Be certain, be direct, and they will love you for that.

Creating good video resumes is an excellent way to showcase your unquantifiable skills, but only if you do it right. Remember, your goal is to make them look at your resume for more details. But you want the video to be the first thing that they look at. Your video should tease them and leave them wanting more, deliver what they ask of you. But don't over deliver. Don't give them too much information because you'll bore them. And if you bore them, they'll lose interest.

Good resumes that include video will get you that interview. Bad resumes without videos don't stand out and you want to show that you're different and a valuable candidate for the position. Creating an effective video resume will not only help you stand out but will save a recruiter time and increase your chances of landing that dream job. If you need help clarifying your message to get a better on screen presence then you need to jump on a call with me so I can talk you through on camera presentation training. We've helped hundreds of professionals just like you so click the link in the show notes and land your next job like a pro.

And Mitchell, thank you so much for asking your question "what are the do's and don'ts of creating an effective video resume" and if you use these methods I've coached you through to clinch that dream job, I'm sure this is going to be hugely valuable and help increase your chances of showcasing your skills and making a better impression.

And for listeners. What has you feeling overwhelmed? Submit your video marketing question to for your chance to get coached by me thanks for listening and see you next week.

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