ConnectCV is happy to announce another new feature to our fantastic online resumes – Video resumes. Video resumes are gaining more and more traction in the market place and are a great way to show off your personality and differentiate yourself from other candidates.
Below are the Top 10 things to consider when making a video resume:
- Video Quality. Just like a paper resume, presentation and quality are important, so attention to detail means a lot. A good-quality video resume can range from something that someone shot at home on an old camcorder, computer camera like used here to a professionally-shot video that could have been paid for, not unlike a resume writing service. We recommend using a high end video camera or computer camera.
- Appearance. Dress professionally like you would for the actual face to face interview. Get prepared just like you are heading into the interview.
- Language and Professionally. Speak clearly and with knowledge on the subject matter. Again look to your resume and our resume writing tips for the correct language to use and use these terms as your talk through your goals, employment history and interests.
- What to include. As with your ConnectCV online resume, we recommend the following: an introduction, objectives, history, knowledge or special skills, education, and a summary. It won’t always come out exactly in this order, or you may be missing some of it.
- Creativity. Video resumes gives you an outlet to showcase some creativity and let your personality shine. Keep it professional – there is no need to showcase your Sing Star credentials here.
- Background. Remove any distractions from behind you – hallways, pictures and make sure to check mirrors and reflective surfaces. If you are looking to be more creative and have a video camera then change up the location and add a person touch.
- Character. The strongest aspect of video resumes is that it shows off your character, personality and professionalism. All elements that may play a significant role in an employer judging if you would make a good fit.
- Editing. Review it for mistakes, errors, accuracy, and content. If you are new to reviewing video resumes, you can miss critical errors like something in the background or something that was said or was not said. So, ensure you watch your video resume a number of times and check the content and clarity of what you have said and the message that your portraying.
- References. If possible you can also video your references at the end of your video resume. High quality references can go a long way toward presenting you as a high-quality candidate.
- Length. The best video resumes are not epics. We think it is best to aim for 2-4 minutes.
How do I upload the video to ConnectCV?
Once you have completed your video and checked over the content you will need to upload your video to YouTube. If you do not have a free YouTube/Google account you will need to register with them. Upload your video, create a title (e.g. Resume for Joe Smith), add in the correct tags (resume, cv, connectcv).
After you have uploaded your video resume go to the video:
- Select “Share”
- Select “Embed”
- Copy the text that appears. It will look something like this – <iframe width=”560″ height=”349″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/AAAAAAAA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
Then on your resume page:
- Open the resume you would like to add the video too
- Select “EmbedYouTube” in the top right hand corner of the resume
- Paste the code you copied from YouTube into ConnectCV – <iframe width=”560″ height=”349″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/AAAAAAAA” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>
- Select Submit
Best of luck in creating your video resume.,
The ConnectCV Team