As I wrap up my Masters degree and begin the job search, I wanted to create a unique resume. I researched creative ideas for resumes and nothing really stood out to me until I started watching video resumes. I noticed that most video resumes were people sitting in front of a camera reading their accomplishments. Those video resumes seem to have an unnatural and fabricated feel to them. There was a lot of this is what I do, this is what I did, these are my skills, and so on. This made me think about how I can make mine unique without the fabricated feel.
I knew I wanted a career in marketing, specifically social media marketing. So I started brainstorming ways I could show my creativity and my ability to engage audiences with social media. Then it hit me like a slap across the face….make a stop motion video resume.
I knew going in that stop motion wasn’t easy and I had never made a stop motion video before this one. So far, I have received awesome feedback from friends, family, and even people I have never met before. To me, creating a video resume has really helped me network with other marketing professionals. Here are some tips I have learned from the process of making my video resume.
1. Watch Other People’s Video Resumes
Google video resumes and see what other people have created. This isn’t for you to take their ideas and copy them, it is to help you realize what you like, what you don’t like, and maybe something might trigger a new idea for you. Then you can start brainstorming what type of video resume you want. There are so many different approaches to video resumes, so explore and figure out what suits you best.
2. Plan What You Will Include
I researched this extensively before going through with my video resume. One rule that came up a lot was NOT to repeat everything on your resume. Don’t include information that the hiring managers could just read on your actual resume. Some information is important to include, because it pertains to the job you may be applying for. Be sure to include:
- WHAT YOU ARE SEEKING
- VERY BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF AN ACCOMPLISHMENT
- PERSONAL INTERESTS (OPTIONAL)
- INDUSTRY INTERESTS
- A PART WITH YOU TALKING (THANK YOU, CONCLUSION)
3. Show Personality
I can guarantee you that sitting in front of a camera and reading your experience isn’t going to work as well as you hope. Show the hiring managers your personality, whether you are creative, upbeat, funny, hardworking, etc. There are so many different ways to show personality in your video resume. I assume you know your own personality better than anyone, so show it in your video.
I researched this extensively as well, because there were so many different time length recommendations out there. Some said between 30 seconds and 1 minute (which I thought was way too brief). Some said between 1 minute and 1 minute 30 seconds (which to me is still somewhat short). The popular choice was 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes. My video resume was 2 minutes and 36 seconds long, and to me, the length of the video doesn’t seem to matter too much (as long as it’s not 5, 10, 15 minutes long). If it is engaging enough to keep the viewer (hiring manager) engaged for the full length of the video, then you shouldn’t have a problem. Do what works for you.
I hope this helped you with creating a video resume, so have fun and create a great video. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and take a risk. Please feel free to check out my website (hiremark.tumblr.com) for more videos and content. Good luck!