Do’s and don'ts
Strongly consider the importance of production quality. Job seekers who know how to produce and edit a quality video (or can hire someone to do it) have a strong advantage. It would be a shame to post or send a video that actually hinders your search.
If you know your video is Internet-bound, there are a few things you can do when you are shooting to make it look better on a computer screen and make video compression a simple process. The less a video changes frame to frame, the easier video compression becomes. The following tips will help your video look better online:
- Dress in professional business attire, just as you would for an interview.
- Keep your video short, no more than 1-3 minutes in total length.
- Look directly into the camera.
- Remember to smile.
- Prepare and practice what you're going to say ahead of time so that you speak easily and clearly without interruptions.
- Watch your video and edit it so that it showcases you in the best way.
- When possible, shoot your video on a tripod or from another solid surface or use your webcam.
- Use enough lighting. Computer screens tend to make videos look darker, so added brightness can improve image quality.
- The video should be a close-up (headshot or head to waist) – don’t target too large an area – this will enable good video compression and look best.
- Film against a solid color surface – no floral or wild prints behind you and get rid of any clutter.
- Don't speak too fast.
- Don’t chew gum.
- Don’t wear too much makeup.
- Don’t gesture with your hands too much, that is distracting.
- Avoid using the words: “like,” “um,” or “ah” too often in your video – if you are about to use one of these, just pause for a moment and then resume talking.
- Make sure there isn't background noise while filming (like music, talking, phones).
- Don't mix your personal life with your professional. If you have information on your MySpace or Facebook page that you'd prefer employers don't see, don't link your video resume to those locations.
- Don't expect your video resume to replace your traditional resume. Some employers don’t utilize video resumes due to concerns about discrimination issues, i.e. hiring candidates because of how they look and sound rather than based on their qualifications. However, a well done video can boost your chances when done well.