A video resume (CV) allows you to speak directly to your potential employer about what makes you uniquely qualified for the role. It can be a strong addition to your application and help you better distinguish yourself from other applicants, through your personality and creativity. In this article, we discuss what a video resume is and explore how to create one that is effective and engaging.
A video resume is a short video created by a job seeker, and uploaded to Endorse Jobs for prospective employers to review. In the video, the candidate shares detailed information about their clinical skills, experience and their ideal future role.
Typically, this video is used to compliment a paper resume. As with a print resume, it’s possible for the video resume to be either general or targeted toward a position or healthcare employer. It can be created by a professional for you, or you can create your own. Endorse Jobs provide a means for job seekers to incorporate video resumes into their profiles, catching the eye of employers and getting ahead of other candidates.
Video resumes can help job seekers gain the attention of employers, build a rapport and secure jobs. Healthcare employers need a compassionate and skilled workforce who understands the needs of their organisation, a video resume could be a helpful add-on as it shows employers your passion and career aspirations, assuming them you are the right person for the job. Whilst it is important to keep in mind that a video resume isn’t going to get you a job. However, it can assist you in marketing yourself to prospective employers and getting shortlisted.
Creating a video resume is an optional task for job seekers. It’s quite rare for companies to require or request a video resume from candidates. A Endorse Jobs survey suggest that most hospitals (78%) use traditional resumes, only 3% were interested in video resumes or infographics. However when asked if they would like to use video resumes as a form of shortlisting 74% of employers would prefer this to reduce time wasting and improve the quality of candidates.
For some job seekers, particularly in healthcare, a video resume can highlight valuable skills. For instance, a video resume is useful for showing spoken language ability. Also, a video resume can be an excellent way to show off your personality; for people in patient-facing roles, whose work involves reassuring patients, a video resume may be beneficial.
You should be mindful that it’s easy to miscalculate in a video resume—that is, there’s a high risk of the script, filming style, or location being inappropriate, reducing your chances. If you make your video resume yourself and have little filming experience, your video might come across as unprofessional. Keep in mind that, as with anything on the internet, once your video file is out there, you cannot control how it’s shared.
An unprofessional or inappropriate video resume can hinder your chances of getting an interview. In a worst-case scenario, a poorly conceived and executed video resume can knock you out of contention and embarrass you. So, while a video resume can be a great way to get noticed, consider your options carefully before getting started to ensure that a video resume is the right fit for you, and a good use of your time.
Dress as you would for an interview and maintain a professional demeanor. Avoid slang and, of course, cursing. Be cautious when it comes to jokes. What’s funny to you may not make others laugh. Ensure you speak clear and loud enough for your video to capture everything you’re saying
Find a good background and Lighting:
Pay attention to the background of shots, make sure it looks tidy and that there are no noises in the background. You’ll also want to make sure the lighting is good. A shadow across half of your face can be distracting.
Prepare a What to Say:
Don’t ad-lib your video, you want to seem natural and off the cuff, but should have a sense of what you want to say and how you want to phrase it. Do not read directly from a script or from your resume, as that leads to a dull video. Think of the video as a pitch for why a particular hospital or organisation should choose you. As such, your main objective should be to express what benefits you’ll provide the company, as well as your goals, skills, and accomplishments.
In addition to what the video looks like, you should also outline what you want to say. If you want to sound more conversational rather than rehearsed, consider writing bullet points of the specific skills, experiences and qualifications you want to highlight. If you’d prefer to sound rehearsed and be a bit more polished, write out exactly what you want to say.
Know your Audience:
As you plan your script and filming location, consider who will watch the video and calibrate accordingly. For instance, a video prepared for a position as a Staff Nurse in Saudi Arabia might differ from a video created for a Staff Nurse Position in the United Kingdom as you may wish to show your Arabic or English language skills.
Video Several Takes
Using your script, record each segment of your video resume. Record your video several times using different expressions and vocal tones to ensure you appear comfortable, engaged and polished throughout. If you are stationary while speaking, consider splitting your speech in shorter segments so you can easily restart or try something new. This step can help you select the best takes and may streamline your editing process.
If you are recording action, you can record a longer segment of repeated actions without having to stop and restart. This step allows you to select a single area of your action footage to include, and it may also make the action seem more natural rather than rehearsed.
Edit the Video Before Uploading
Review all of the footage you’ve captured and select the best takes. Using your script or outline, you can begin cutting and assembling footage to fit the story you created. You can also add in the additional visuals, such as references to achievements or awards, under the audio of you speaking to visually demonstrate what you’re discussing.
To compile the video, you can easily use a smart phone, mobile apps or editing software that allows you to cut, organize and save videos. Many computers, tablets and smartphones come equipped with video editing capabilities as well.
Keep it brief:
Videos resumes should be between 30 and 120 seconds. Anything longer than that is unlikely to be watched. Share with friends and family, getting feedback from others is an important step. Ask a few people to watch your video, and make edits and changes based on their comments.
Take feedback from friends and family seriously. If they think it’s a misfire, do not send the video to potential employers.
Don’t mix your personal life with your professional one. If you have information on your Facebook or Twitter page that you’d prefer employers don’t see, don’t link your video resume to them.
Don’t expect your video resume to replace your traditional resume. Not all employers are interested in a video resume, and others are worried about discrimination issues, such as hiring candidates because of how they look and sound rather than their qualifications. However, a well-done video can bolster your candidacy for employment.