Tip 1 - Please, please, don’t read it directly off a piece of paper

First of all, typical resumes offer the hiring manager insight into your personality, so don’t stifle your creativity with intro graphics or slides. But, don’t overdo it. Personally, I have come across video resumes that are ostensibly fixated on the digital components of video editing - this approach, however, redirects an employer’s attention toward one’s ability to “be creative.” Okay, an aesthetically pleasing video resume may pop, but it doesn’t truly show who you are. Are you applying for a position in a graphics studio? Then maybe the said example would be considered appropriate. Now, if you are applying to a prestigious financial firm, do you think HR is interested in a borderline, narcissistic presentation? No. Thirty seconds is the rule (for writing resumes, so make sure it’s not much longer). Just make it quick as employers want to connect work experience to a face without straining their eyes.

 

Tip 2 - Have a friend review the video prior to submission

Let’s face it. we all adore our own creations, and if tough criticism presents itself, we tend to defend our work vociferously. This is because our work reflects both cognitive strengths and stubborn preferences; still, permitting outside criticism is key to producing a video resume that passes the smell test. So, make sure - prior to recording - to perform the script in front of someone who has the time of day and attention span to offer constructive criticism. (Offering Granny a tub of ice cream, while she watches the “The Price is Right,” isn’t probably the best forum for critique). 

 

Tip 3 - “Know Thy Audience” Shakespeare eloquently uttered (I think...)

All too often, applicants assume that the employer understands every single tidbit of a video resume, but, this may end up resulting in rejection. Remember when you wrote an essay? What was the primary aspect that you considered during outlining? The Audience. You may be able to convincingly invoke academic language, but does the employer care for this semantic style? Honestly, take this note: write a resume in a manner that assumes slight ignorance on behalf of the hiring party. 

 

Tip 4 - Don’t Wear your Club Clothes

This really should be straightforward: wear appropriate attire. I do concede that clothing doesn’t make the person, however, it still highlights proper etiquette. Putting on a train conductor’s hat, or dressing like Nicki Minaj, will presumably not all you to obtain the respect you desire. Most important, study the company DNA - does the company have a lax policy? Or, is it strict? A simple Google search may save you from sheer embarrassment.

 

Tip 5 - DON’T EMBELLISH

You know, fibbing one’s resume, in the 50s at least, would possibly fly. Wake up call time! This isn’t the 50s and adding a false job, including inflated GPA numbers, or mentioning unobtained skills is a no-no. A failure to be honest could result in a “red flag” being attached to your employment file across various sectors. Reader beware, there are companies’ solely dedicated to fact-checking an applicant’s resume, so please refrain from deceitful behavior.

By Jason Newell