With the unemployment situation in New Zealand, the need to stand out of from a saturated pool of applicants is extremely important in order for a potential candidate to be offered the job by a prospective employer. Having a video resume that has been carefully put together is one such way that jobseekers are able to achieve this.
Finding work in New Zealand has become increasingly more difficult as a result to the current unemployment situation in the country today. With a saturated pool of potential candidates, and so little job openings available, more and more jobseekers are looking for ways for them to stand out of the crowd and grab the attention of prospective employers in order that they will be the ones who will be offered the job.
One way how jobseekers are able to achieve this is through the submission of a video resume alongside their curriculum vitae. Jobseekers use this as a means not only to showcase what they have accomplished. Unlike the traditional curriculum vitae, a video resume gives jobseekers the opportunity to exhibit soft skills like presentation and communication skills, which are considered to be extremely important regardless of the industry.
Part of tapping into the advantage you can gain from submitting a video resume is to make sure that this is carefully put together. Here are some helpful tips on how to put together a video resume.
Keep the Video Short
One thing to remember when creating a professional video resume to send to prospective employers is to make sure to keep it short and simple. Although the average length of a video resume is between 3 and 5 minutes, it is highly recommended to try to keep this just 3 minutes or shorter, if possible. Recruiters do not have that much time to watch a video longer than this. This short timeframe also provides a potential candidate the ability to communicate just enough information for recruiters and prospective employers to learn more about them, while still leaving some information out to warrant an interview to be scheduled.
Maintain a Professional Approach
Unless you are applying as an actor, dancer or a television host, avoid adding crazy camera antics on your video resume. How you conduct and present yourself in the video resume gives recruiters an idea what will happen during the actual initial interview. That being the case, it is important to act and talk in the same manner as how you would during an actual interview. Dressing up professionally also helps add to the seriousness and professionalism that you would like the video resume to communicate.
Edit before Sending
One of the biggest mistakes committed by many jobseekers creating a professional video resume is not editing the work before this is actually sent. As with any video, editing plays a crucial part in having a video resume that will bring in results. Take time to watch the entire video that was taken and check for things that could distract the viewer such as stuttering, mumbling, and excessive hand gestures. Editing your video also gives you the ability to include text into your video such as your contact information, which a prospective employer can use to get in touch with you for an interview.
Finding employment today has become increasingly more difficult. It is now time for individuals to take control of how they are portrayed in the job market. Come and take a look at what my team at Urban Swarm down in New Zealand has created to help proactive job seekers promote themselves and employers to find great new employees. http://www.urbanswarm.co.nz