Archive for June, 2010


In this new job market it is important to create separation between you and the next person.  It is very common to get an internship and build your resume.  However, this isn’t going to separate you from the competition.  In order to actually be able to compete in the new market a video Webume needs to be created. With a video Webume you can show not only your creative side, which does not get seen in a traditional resume, but also your presentation skills.

When an employer/hiring agency sees your resume or cover letter they only see one dimension to whom they might be hiring.  The employer/hiring agency sees what the person has done and their writing skills, which is very important because you shouldn’t be hired without the basics.  Now you need to take that resume to the next level and create a video Webume.  With this video Webume you show another facet, another dimension in fact, to the skills you can bring to the work place.

With the video Webume it needs to be creative yet professional.  It is important to not just present it where it is professional but to also show a piece of you that can’t be seen in your resume.

Not everyone has the resources to film a professional video Webume. However, anyone who has access to a video camera can create their own video Webume that have just as great an impression as a professional video resume by keeping these pointers in mind.

First of you need to find an appropriate background.  This doesn’t have to be complex.  Your background can be very simple. It can be as simple as a white background, it all just depends what you are trying to convey through your video Webume.  After you have found a good background you need to setup your camera equipment.

Choosing an angle is not dependent on which side of your face you’re most comfortable with. It’s best to keep the camera at eye level and look straight directly into the camera.

Once you have your camera equipment setup and found a nice looking background, the number one thing to keep in mind is lighting. Good lighting is an essential part of your video. Make sure you can be seen clearly and not hidden in shadows. Also keep in mind that too much light can over expose your face, making it distracting for the viewer.

Speak clearly and slowly. To help you with the thought process, write down what you’re going to say first before you step in front of the camera, but DO NOT read off of the paper once video recording commences. Be confident!

Remember that video Webumes are 90% video and 10% sound.

Your video is as good as none if the sound isn’t great. Find a location with low or no noise, free from door creeks, barking dogs, screaming pedestrians, or refrigerator hums.
If you can’t avoid noise such as central air conditioning, or furnace noise, then do the best you can to be heard clearly.

Music is not an essential part of your video Webume. Music at times can enhance your video, but can be too distracting if used improperly. Use at your own risk. (Music not owned by you is strictly prohibited, but you can use a loop which is under 20 seconds) So it’s best to avoid adding music completely unless you know how to edit the music properly to loop under 20 seconds.

Keep your video Webumes under two minutes, 1 minute is preferred.  Think of it like an actual resume where you are supposed to be as succinct as possible, you want to get your point across with as little words as possible.

Be sure to dress in professional attire and present yourself as you would in a personal one on one interview.

Keep these pointers in mind when you are ready to take the job seeking process to the next level.  There is a great site that exemplifies taking career management to the next level.  If you are interested in taking your career finding to the next step check their career management tools out.