These times are quite interesting. We have a number of smart tool to help create change. When i was writing my first book in 2004 on job search, i hardly had a secure internet connection and could only use the internet for few hours or minutes in a day. Even the mobile phones were not as common as today. The video making was limited to specialized camera only.
However, now that we are sitting in 2021 it is hard to imagine that there was a time without internet and such flexibility of camera, taking picture and making videos. I am though, not in favour of capturing everything in pictures and videos….i think one should enjoy the moment fully instead of getting into the trouble of saving it in pictures and videos to enjoy it later and later and then later.
Anyway, now that we can make videos easily, one should also use this medium professionally and productively and enter into a new way of sharing your profile. Video resume is a new thing and one should not leave this opportunity go unexplored.
What is a Video Resume: It is a simple presentation of yourself, that shall present your communication and personality in the PRESENT TENSE. In a video resume you share in a short and quick way about your self. You also help the hiring manager know who you are and why you are suitable for the position.
As a good resume can help you reach the next level, a bad one can reduce your chances. Similar is the case with the video resume. If you can not make a good first impression through the video, reconsider making the video resume and stick to the conservative paper resume. This is because a bad video quality (bad voice quality, bad image or anything else) will rather irritate the hiring manager. You might have been very good professional and capable otherwise, but a bad video will reduce your chances.
HOW to Make a good Video Resume: Though there are many ways and means of making a quick personal video. I would suggest when you are making a video resume do it professionally and observe the following key protocols.
When not to use a video resume: Since you are seeking a professional entry into another company and do not want to irritate your hiring manager. Do the same research about the company as you had done in the case of your paper resume making. Seek to understand the company and its culture. Though it is good that through the video resume you might have a chance to stand out, but if the company culture is conservative and they have asked for your resume, stick to the conservative method of resume i.e. paper resume.
Umer is an Author, Speaker, Trainer and HR Consultant. He is currently CEO of Abundance Business and Consulting and provides his services through Training, Coaching and Consulting to organisations and individuals