Thursday, 16 December 2010

How to Prepare for and Make a Video Résumé

Video résumés are fast becoming the trend. Making one is still as detailed as writing a curriculum vitae.

Wear a suit and choose the colors carefully. Avoid white and choose shades of blue and other pastel colors.
Put a curtain over you background or shoot your video against an empty wall.
Groom yourself properly, put on make-up, fix your hair and clean your hand nails especially if you speak with hand gestures.
Give a brief but catchy introduction. Capture the viewer’s attention and don’t waste time. Get down to the reasons why they should hire you.
Include important information from your CV and answer a few common interview questions. Do not dwell on details; everything should be concise and sharp.
Give your contact information at the end of your 2-3 minute video.
Partner your video with a printed résumé when you send it to your prospect employers.

How to Write an Impressive Résumé

In writing a résumé, you should know what points to emphasize and draw attention to. You would want some parts to be easily remembered by your prospect employer. Give an impressive résumé and secure your dream job in an instant.

Write a cover letter. This is a brief introduction of yourself including your strengths. It should also include why you are the best candidate for the position you are applying for.
Include an objective in your résumé that fits the description of the position you’re eyeing.
Use clear and concise sentences. Place bullet points to convey a message and use strong build-up words such as prepared, managed, monitored implemented and the likes. Focus on the things that have prepared you for that particular job.

Include symbols such as $, # and % to economize on words and to draw attention to numerical value achievements that you have.
Put the most relevant points first to strengthen your image from the beginning of your résumé.