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Video resume

What is a video resume?

A video resume is a short video that introduces you to a hiring manager or potential employer. The video usually highlights your previous work experience, achievements and professional qualifications. When applying for a job with a video resume, you usually also have to submit a cover letter and a written resume.

Video resume length

A video resume shouldn’t last more than 90 seconds. It should be succinct, not rambling. A video resume isn’t an opportunity to tell your life story. It’s a summary of your professional experience and qualifications.

What should you include in a video resume?

A video resume should have four parts:

  1. Introduction: Say your name, current title and other pertinent information like where you’re based.
  2. Summary of past work experiences or portfolio: Briefly discuss work you’ve done in the past and highlight positive results and achievements.
  3. Qualifications for the position you’re applying for: List the skills and abilities you possess that you think the hiring manager or employer is looking for.
  4. A quick thank you at the end: Always thank the viewer for taking the time to watch your video.

How to make a video resume

To make a video resume, you need to create an outline, write a script, rehearse, film the video and then edit.

Step 1: Create an outline

To make the outline, answer these three questions:

  1. Who is going to watch the video?
  2. What do I want the viewer to know about me?
  3. How do I want to come across in my video?

Step 2: Write a script

After making an outline, write a script for your video. You don’t have to stick to it exactly, but writing everything out will help make the final result more polished.

Step 3: Rehearse

Once you have your script, do a few practice takes. Film yourself saying your script and then watch it to see if anything looks or sounds unnatural.

Step 4: Film and edit the video

You should film yourself doing your resume video at least a few times so you can choose the best take. Then, edit your video. Add some simple graphics or light background music to make it look more professional.

For more tips and inspiration for making a video resume, read our ultimate video resume guide. You can easily make a professional-looking video resume using streaming software, like Restream Studio or OBS Studio. Simply use the software and its editing and customization features to do a recording rather than a live broadcast.