Enhancing your resume with a video can make all of the difference in landing that internship. Read on to find out how.
What is a video introduction?
A video introduction is a short video created by a candidate that describes the individual's education, experience, skills, and qualifications. A video of this type can be used when applying for an internship and is typically a supplement to a traditional resume.
It's important to keep in mind that a video resume isn't going to get you an internship – only you can do that. It can assist you in marketing yourself for prospective internships—if it's done right. If it’s done poorly, it can hurt your chances of securing an internship. So, only post a video resume if it’s high quality.
Your video resume, even if it’s well done, won’t help you unless you also submit a high-quality written resume. In most cases, you must attract attention by communicating your value through traditional means, which includes a strong written resume. Take a look at other videos, considering both what works for you and the internship you want, and what doesn't.
Sample Video Resume Introduction Script
Hello, my name is Rachel Milligan and I just want a few minutes of your time to explain why hiring me as your marketing intern will ultimately benefit your organization.
Currently, I’m completing my junior year at Ohio University where I’m studying for my Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in marketing. I already have a great educational base in marketing having completed courses in the Management of Promotion, Consumer Behavior and Business Information Systems Design.
In the last two years I’ve been able to combine this educational base with hands-on experience attained through two prior summer internships. In both of these internships I gained experience on marketing to consumers through website analysis, design and optimization. I also gained experience in creating and distributing other marketing materials such as press releases and newsletters.
Along with my technical skills, my past experience has also taught me to be a great collaborative team-player, and my relationship-building and communication skills have been praised by my prior employers.
While my education and experience would add value to your organization, when you combine these with my passion, dedication and commitment to innovative marketing, I believe I provide the total package. I guarantee that you won’t regret making the decision to hire me.
You can contact me through internships.com with the Search for Interns tool and then we can discuss my qualifications in greater detail. Thanks so much for taking the time to listen.
Do’s and Don'ts of Producing a Video Resume
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Before You Post
Before you post or send out a video introduction, study what image you present. Look at your appearance and mannerisms and listen to how you sound. Ask friends, family or your career center to review it. They are more likely to pick up imperfections than you are.