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How to Create a Video Resume to Land Your Dream Job in 2021

If you’ve been job hunting for a while and had no luck when handing in the regular paper resumes, we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Stand out when applying for your dream job in 2021 by expressing your X-factor alongside your credentials with an unforgettable video application.

Video applications can distinguish you from other candidates and leave a lasting impression on your future employer. So, how do you make a great video resume?

This blog will discuss why video resumes are a powerful tool during one’s job hunt, as well as all the tips and tricks you need to know to create a successful video resume using Clipchamp. 

  • What is a video resume?

  • Why should you make a video resume? 

  • Should video resumes be portrait or landscape ratio?

  • Should you post your video resume to LinkedIn?

  • Top tips when creating a video resume to land your dream job 

What is a video resume?

A video resume is a short 90-second video created by the applicant directed to the employer. The video usually has the candidate either in the center of the frame or a voice over, sharing details about their undefiable qualities and how they can be an asset to the business. Strengths that you usually can’t put on a regular resume can be spoken about, such as your humor, character, and ability to hold someone's attention. The video resume can then be uploaded to the internet or sent directly via email.

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There are no limits when it comes to creativity. You can either simply sit in front of a smartphone, camera or laptop and film yourself speaking, or create a fun-filled short film about yourself. Keep in mind that the video resume you create isn’t necessarily going to secure you the job. It will however assist you in marketing yourself to prospective employers. 

A great example is YouTuber Mark Leruste's resume video. It's is packed with information about himself that an employer would like to know, entertaining yet short and sweet. If you have a few employers in mind, customize each video for them. Check out this awesome video resume example:

Why should you make a video resume?

Remember the iconic scene in Legally Blonde when Elle’s video resume is the winning ticket into Harvard Law School? Her application wasn’t the norm but she stood out from the crowd, making the enrollment committee excited to accept her application (despite her extremely unimpressive credentials...). Similarly, your video resume can make your future employer take notice of your application and even give you the desired interview. 

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Employers receive a large bulk of applications for one job opening. Being unique is key when applying for a job thousands of other people are probably also interested in. A successful video resume entices employers to not just throw your resume in the draw, rather take a look at the entertaining video you’ve created. Employers are able to see your personality shine, hear about your skills and assets immediately. You’re more likely to be noticed with video resumes as 9 out of 10 employers say they would rather watch a video resume over reading through the traditional method. They’re easy to review and save employers a lot of time.

Should video resumes be portrait or landscape ratio?

All video resumes should be filmed, edited, and uploaded in landscape 16:9 ratio. Save your video in 720p with maximum compression selected for the fastest upload and sending speed. If you have filmed your video resume in portrait instead, you can easily edit the video ratio using Clipchamp and resave it directly to your device or email. You can also compress already made videos if your file size is too large to send with Clipchamp's Compressor

Should you post your video resume to LinkedIn?

Are you unsure whether to post your new video resume on LinkedIn? Let’s take a look at the statistics. Users who have a video resume on their LinkedIn profile are on average 7 to 10 times more likely to receive a view from a potential employer. This means video resumes are extremely beneficial to your LinkedIn public profile, allowing you to gain more exposure, meaning more job possibilities. So the answer is a big yes! Don’t hesitate to share your video resume on your LinkedIn profile. Remember, a video resume is an excellent tool when trying to build a personal brand. 

Top tips when creating a video resume to land your dream job

When creating your new video resume, be sure to keep our top tips in mind: 

1. Video resume background

Before you start filming your video resume, make sure to find a quiet location with a minimalistic background. Your background can either be a plain wall, couch, painting, or pot plants, just be sure it looks tidy. The attention has to be focused on you, not what your little brother is doing in the background. Having lots of natural light is also important when filming. Try to find a room with lots of natural lighting and windows. Your audience needs to see you clearly with no distracting shadows covering half your face.

2. Prepare your elevator pitch

The video resume is to offer your potential employer greater insight into you and your personality. They will learn about what you have achieved and how capable you are of advancing your skills in the future. It’s best to be natural and off the cuff, but you should have a sense of what you would like to talk about.

Your elevator pitch can be as minimal as dot points or a few sentences to start you off under pressure. Avoid reading your pitch word for word. Think about why that particular company should hire you and keep your main objective of how you can benefit their company. 

3. Short and sweet

Make sure to keep your video resume short and sweet. No employee will watch a 20-minute long presentation of you talking about yourself. Aim to keep your video between 60 - 90 seconds. The longer the video, the less likely recruiters will watch. 

4. Keep it professional

There’s nothing worse than candidates going on tangents about what they’re doing on the weekend or what they had for dinner the night before. Keep your video professional, always prioritizing the main objective.

Dress in interview attire as you would for an in-person interview. Throw on a nice jacket or tie, as videos are usually shot from the waist up (they don’t need to know you’re wearing pajama shorts on the bottom). Stay away from using any slang and only say appropriate jokes. 

It’s now time to film, edit and upload your very own video resume. Remember to stay professional and consider the industry and role you’re applying for. Having trouble finding a nice background? Clipchamp has already made corporate backgrounds you can use instead! Take a look at our Zoom Backgrounds Corporate template collection and other professional templates

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Written by Christie Passaris on December 10, 2020
About the Author

Christie Passaris is a freelance writer by day, and fashion designer by night. While she enjoys creating iconic looks and teaching others about Clipchamp's latest features, her true love is for her dog, Billy the Beagle.

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