Technology has made it easier than ever to apply for your dream job, but in such a competitive market, it’s getting harder to stand out from the crowd. Job Market Expert, Rob Meier, explains that “98% of job seekers are eliminated at the initial resume screening” while only the “Top 2%” make it to the interview“.
The problem is that with platforms like LinkedIn, everyone can apply quickly, so instead of a handful of applications, you are now competing against potentially thousands of qualified candidates.
Cue video resumes – they are a relatively novice way of getting to that Top 2% and can be very effective in adding some quality content to your job application. However in order to give yourself an edge over the competition, your video resume should be of a high standard and show a good amount of effort you invested to make it look professional. Until recently this was quite difficult and expensive, either by using hard-to-learn video editing software or spending big on hiring a professional to help.
Luckily these days with new tools such as our in-browser video editor “Create”, video creation is completely free and possible even if you’re a beginner. We’ve specifically designed it with simplicity in mind with many of our users already creating video resume content and many other types of projects every day.
Read on for a step by step guide to help you create a high quality video resume using Clipchamp Create. Our post includes a number of tips of what to say and how to present yourself (see the “Tips” section at the bottom) and shows you how to get started with editing your video.
Step 1: Start by opening a free video editor account at Clipchamp
You can use email, Google or your Facebook account to sign up – make sure you’re on the latest version of Google Chrome and access the editor on a laptop or desktop computer.
Step 2: After logging in, click on “Start a new project“
You’ll see this overview page when accessing your account. This is where you can start a new editing project by clicking the “+” icon or also access an existing project if you already started one earlier.
Step 3: Next, name your clip & choose an aspect ratio
We recommend you select “Widescreen (16:9)” since that is the standard aspect ratio for the vast majority of videos these days. Recruiters are likely to watch your video on a range of possible screen types (laptop, desktop, smartphone, tablet) and 16:9 is the safest bet to look good on as many screen sizes as possible.
Next up, click on “Create Project”, which will open the editor view where you can add video files and other media to create your resume.
Step 4: Add your video, audio and image assets to the project
In the video editor window, click on “Add Media”, or drag your file(s) into the dotted box to add videos and other supported files to the project. If you don’t have a recording available already, our webcam recorder is a good option to film yourself using your computer’s webcam. You can record up to 5 minutes of video in full HD or up to 30 minutes in the Business plan.
Another option is to use your smartphone – any modern device includes a camera that shoots good quality footage and there are a number of things you can do to make your recording look professional even if you’re on a budget.
Step 5: Then, edit your video resume
Create comes with all the basic editing features to let you create a good-looking resume. E.g. if your recordings are not 16:9, you can use the auto-fit tool to adjust their ratio and get rid of black bars on their sides. You can also change the speed, trim, crop, rotate, colour balance, add filters, text and coloured backgrounds.
With regards to audio, adding a background track makes the video feel more professional and interesting, music is half the magic! If you don’t have readily available tracks, you can use our stock library with more than 100,000 audio and video assets to select one you like.
When you’ve added all media to the project and are finished editing, you can export your video as the last step and save it to your computer.
Tips for good video resume content
When it comes to the content of a great video resume, it’s important to keep in mind that resumes (like any video) are like a great story that should capture your audience and not have them get bored or switch off after a few seconds.
That’s why opening with an introduction to the character and the challenge is a good start. Make sure to introduce yourself by mentioning your name, your prior and current expertise, and level of experience at the beginning of the video. Also make sure that you record in a tidy environment!
Here’s a great example of a video resume:
You’ll notice that Nick starts by introducing his name, age and expertise. His use of cheerful background music and interesting animation in the first 10 seconds really grabs the attention of viewers. He then talks briefly about his personal background and goes straight into skill sets and work experience.
Not only was he able to talk about his software development skills, work experience and projects he’s worked on. He was also able to showcase his approachable personality, creativity and his great sense of humour.
These are important soft attributes recruiters consider, as highly skilled candidates often don’t make it through the final stages of interview due to cultural misalignment with the company.