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How to make a video resume

Introduction

Video resumes are the ultimate hack to getting hired – 89% of recruiters want to see a video resume and the majority of them improve their perception of a candidate after watching a video resume. In this article, I’m going to walk you through how to get your recording set up at a level that will make recruiters think you’ve had expert help! After you are done reading this article, I highly recommend you head to Voomer, where you can quickly and effortlessly record, host, and share your video resume!

Location & background

Everything we’ll discuss today depends on your setting, so where you plan to record is really important. You want to record your video resume somewhere that is quiet and well lit. While recording outside during the day might be great for lighting, there will be a lot of ambient noises you can’t control, such as wind, traffic, dogs barking, and stuff like that. So I definitely recommend you record indoors. Chose a professional-looking background that isn’t distracting – such as a bookshelf. You can always choose just a regular white wall.

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You can always choose a plain white wall as a background!

Turn ceiling lights on to light up your background – you don’t want to be shrouded in darkness.

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Turn on all lights before recording your video resume.

Beware of any mirrors, windows, or other light sources in your background! Those can cause glare or leave you backlit – both are really distracting to the recruiter watching your video resume.

Lighting

We just talked about lights in your background, but you have to be well lit too! Fortunately, this is easy to do – just place a lamp behind your camera so that your face is well lit. Ring lights are very popular these days but any old desk lamp will do just fine!

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Point a light at your face to brighten it up!

Record a short video and adjust your lighting as necessary until you are happy with the result.

Audio

A video resume should only have your voice on it. So either make sure you record in a quiet, secluded place or ask the people around you to be quiet while you record. Try and place your microphone at a reasonable distance to your mouth – that way your voice will come through loud and clear.

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Place your microphone in front of your mouth.

Record a short video and watch it – does your voice sound great or is it tinny, muffled, or crackling with static? If that’s the case, you can invest in a decent lapel microphone for as little as $10 and your audio quality will improve significantly.

Eye contact

For some people, recording a video resume might feel a bit weird. After all, you are on camera by yourself, not with someone else on facetime having a good time. Because of that, some struggle with maintaining eye contact with the camera. A simple hack is to make the lens really obvious to you – place a sticker next to the camera so you know where to look.

Camera angle

If you want to record your video resume while sitting at a desk using a laptop, that’s fine – except for one small issue. You’ll most likely end up recording yourself with a really weird angle, looking up at your nose – simply because the laptop camera will be way below your eye level. Fixing this is really easy – just raise your camera up to eye level using books or any other sturdy object.

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Use a stand or other sturdy objects (such as books) to raise your camera to eye level.

Dress code

What you wear on your video resume should match whatever you wear to a regular interview. Industries and roles tend to have similar dress codes – so match your own dress code to what people usually wear in that industry.

What to say on your video resume

OK – so you’re in a quiet room, lighting is great, your audio is loud and clear, the camera is in position and you are ready to go. What are you going to say? What is your video resume going to be about? The best way to structure your video resume is into three, simple sections:

  • Executive summary
  • An achievement
  • The future

Check out the video below where I go into far more detail on each of those sections so that what you say is as great as how you say things. https://youtu.be/lKck0J-0JzA

Energy

Now there is one final ingredient that is critical to an amazing video resume that will boost your chances of landing that dream job – and that’s energy. If your video resume showcases a happy, upbeat person full of energy it is going to be far more interesting than if the video resume showcases someone that is tired and doesn’t really care about presenting themselves well. So even if you are an introvert like me, do your best to smile and speak energetically – it makes all the difference!  

How to make a video resume

Now that you know the basics, make sure you end up with an amazing, AI-optimized video resume at Voomer. You can upload, host and share your video resume for free at Voomer and on top of that, you can use AI-powered tools to ensure your video resume is the best it can be – ensuring you have the best show and making an amazing impression on recruiters and hiring managers! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments or drop me an email at [email protected]! I usually reply within a day!

By Patrick Lemouche

Patrick Lemouche is co-founder of Voomer.

A former hiring manager, he is extremely interested in the opportunities created by the intersection of video and hiring.

He is a P&G alumni with an international career that has spanned multiple countries.