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6 Tips For Creating A Hire-Worthy Video Resume

6 Tips For Creating A Hire-Worthy Video Resume

Unemployment may have dropped below 8 percent in recent months, but as the January 2013 numbers crept back to 7.9 percent, it’s hard to argue the job market isn’t tough. This is especially true for unemployed candidates, 4.8 million of whom have been out of work for 27 weeks or more.

With the market so crowded with job seekers, it can certainly be hard to stand out from the crowd. So it should come as no surprise how little face time your resume is getting with hiring managers and recruiters. In fact, a survey showed the average recruiter is only spending about six seconds glancing over a resume. Not a lot of time to show off what you can do.

This is just one reason to consider recording a video resume. Video resumes display the intangibles you just can’t put on paper — like your personality, passion for the job, and communication skills. Plus with the average video resume clocking in at 60 seconds, you’ve already gotten 10 times the amount of attention from the average recruiter.

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But just recording a video resume won’t help you get hired; You need to record a hire-worthy video resume. So if you want to truly impress employers, here are a few essential guidelines you’ll want to follow:

1. Set Your Stage

Proper scenery isn’t just important in the theater, it’s also important when you’re recording your video resume. You’ll want to find somewhere clean and professional to work as your backdrop. You want all eyes on you, not your background.

Distracting scenery can pull focus from your messaging and even undercut your words. After all, if you’re speaking about your superior organizational abilities in front of a pile of clutter, employers might wonder how these messy personal habits will translate to the office.

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2. Dress to Impress

Just because you’re not physically in front of an interviewer or hiring manager doesn’t mean it’s time to slack off in the fashion department. No one wants to hire the candidate who recorded a video resume in their pajamas, no matter how comfortable it makes you.

If you want to impress, put on your interview attire and imagine you’re meeting in person. This means no suit jacket on top and sweatpants below! A professional appearance will help you project some much-needed confidence.

3. Lights, Camera, Action (Emphasis on “Lights”)

Here’s a big tip for impressing in the video resume: hiring managers want to see your face. If you record a video resume in a badly lit location, you’ve more or less undermined the whole point of a video resume.

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You want employers to be able to personally connect with you, and you want to be more memorable. That’s tough if employers can barely even see you in your video resume. Before recording, find a brightly lit place to record, or even consider setting up your own three-point lighting system. In that old Hollywood saying, lights come before camera and action for a reason.

4. Put Up the Do Not Disturb Sign

Things you don’t want to share screen time with you in your video resume: a roommate walking in the background, your dog sitting on your lap, a phone ringing halfway through your elevator pitch, or emails pinging into your inbox. When you’re recording a video resume, it’s time to put up the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign until your masterpiece is completed.

5. Know Your Lines

Before recording your video resume, you should have your 60 seconds well-planned in advance. This means scripting out what you want to say on film. Following a script is a good way to cut down on rambling and get to your point more effectively. Plus, you can run the script by family and friends before recording your final product.

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6. Have Confidence!

The best way to impress in the video resume is also the best way to impress during most phases of the hiring process: have plenty of confidence. You don’t want to come off as egotistical, but understand clearly what you can bring to the role and why you would be the perfect candidate for the job. Job seekers confident in their abilities will be able to instill a similar confidence in the hiring managers watching your video.

A video resume can be a great way to set yourself apart from the pack and make a lasting impression. Just make sure you follow these six simple guidelines and your video resume will make you a hire-worthy candidate.

What are some tips for impressing in the video resume? Share in the comments!

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

10 Most Successful Entrepreneurs and What We Can Learn from Them

10 Most Successful Entrepreneurs and What We Can Learn from Them

Apart from making crucial decisions for their own businesses, entrepreneurs innovate and grow their ideas. Albeit there being no cookie-cutter answer that fits everyone’s experiences, taking a look at some of the most successful entrepreneurs today, you might spot some similar traits and characteristics.

Starting and nurturing a business entails a great amount of hard work and commitment. However, for aspiring entrepreneurs who are prepared to dedicate themselves to their vision, here are 10 most successful entrepreneurs you can learn from:

1. Melanie Perkins: Know Your Worth and Keep Trying

    Melanie Perkins founded Canva, a Sydney-based business valued at $1Billion having successfully raised a number of rounds of successful funding and boasting more than 10 Million users in 179 countries.[1]

    She told BBC that one of the biggest challenges she faced getting into the business was talking about her company’s accomplishments when she first got to Silicon Valley. She attributed this difficulty to a cultural difference where Australians tend to ‘talk down’ their achievements and this would slow down her fundraising progress for a few years.

    Despite hundreds of rejections, Melanie emerged three years later with a much clearer strategy and stronger investor pitch that prompted a series of fundraising rounds netting the company $82Million of funding in total.[2]

    2. Bill Gates: Keep Learning and Exploring

      If you don’t know Bill Gates, you likely know the company he founded – Microsoft.

      Bill Gates’ story is a prime example of nurturing an idea that might seem out of this world but make sense in the future. One of the most successful entrepreneurs in history did not complete his degree at Harvard University to pursue a vision that the technology would soon become the future.

      He told a white lie to Altair, saying that he had made a computer program for them, therefore pushing himself to create a system that would change modern history.

      “The most important speed issue is convincing everyone that the company’s survival depends on moving as fast as possible.”

      Gates’ success is built on self-improvement and the seeds of an idea.

      3. Elon Musk: Never Stop Innovating

        Traditional thinking suggests that in order to become a successful entrepreneur, one must focus in a single field or industry.

        Elon Musk, however, breaks that rule.

        Today, the multifaceted tech entrepreneur, investor, and engineer advocates for the diversification of skills and businesses by delving into various fields of interest.

        When done right, skills in a single domain can be carried over then applied into contrasting industries to create something new the world might need. Musk owes his accomplishments to a constant thirst for knowledge.

        Having birthed Tesla and a myriad of products across the arenas of aeronautics and software design, Musk continues to evolve as an entrepreneur and plans to innovate for the long haul.

        4. Richard Branson: Develop People First

          British entrepreneur Richard Branson founded Virgin Records in the early 1970s. Virgin Records has since grown into the Virgin Group, today responsible for over 400 companies.

          The billionaire is strongly particular about working with a team that shares his core values and aspirations.

          Branson believes that managing a business can become taxing, thus he acknowledges his employees for putting in the effort that they have.

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          A good leader knows how to raise morale for positive productivity. Utilising emotional intelligence and compassion is a game changer in seeing results within a team.

          Branson’s supports the idea of nurturing a positive work environment, with the belief that credentials must go hand-in-hand with an enthusiasm for work.

          5. Jeff Bezos: A Relentless Focus on Customer Satisfaction

            Having founded Amazon, Jeff Bezos is known to be one of America’s most successful entrepreneurs. The e-commerce pioneer fixates himself on angry customers with the belief that a business’s loopholes are found in the experiences of unsatisfied customers.

            For the 8th year in a row, customers have ranked Amazon as the number one in customer service (according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index).

            While numerous companies ignore unhappy customers, Bezos found success in learning from reviews and surveys. By focusing on customer service, Amazon shows they care, both for their customers and for rising above their competitors.

            While praise and recognition are signs that a business is accelerating, criticism is an opportunity to improve a product or a service.

            6. Mark Zuckerberg: Start Small, Think Big

              Valued at over 55 billion dollars today, Mark Zuckerberg built the first version of what would become a social networking giant in his Harvard University dorm room. As one of the world’s youngest entrepreneurs, Zuckerberg undoubtedly took countless calculated risks to get his brilliant idea to its current status with 2.38 billion active monthly users.

              “The biggest risk is not taking any risk.”

              He’s always daring to explore with a fearless mindset.

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              The young tech entrepreneur never shied away from innovating outside of the box. Soon after Facebook became a hit to users and advertisers, big corporations took interest in buying Facebook from Zuckerberg.

              However, he took the risk and decided to stay with his creation. Turning down billions of dollars offered by Yahoo CEO, Terry Semel, he envisioned turning his brainchild into something much bigger than what it already was then.

              7. Steve Jobs: Live Your Own Dreams

                Steve Jobs lived a rocky path all his life and an aspect of which is a tumultuous career.

                The founder of Apple endorsed his beliefs on the temporality of life and limitations of time. He preached about the importance of working on the very legacies people wish to leave behind, an achievement he’s undoubtedly etched into the the archives of human history.

                Never one to hide under someone’s shadow, Jobs did not live by anybody else’s principles so he formed his own. He tirelessly dedicated himself to building a unique brand of products that became the benchmark for contemporary technology.

                After his highs and lows through his brief battle with cancer, Jobs concludes with yet another lesson to takeaway from his remarkable life. “No matter how much money you have, even the richest man can’t buy time.”

                8. Warren Buffett: Balance is Essential to Success

                  Despite being the third wealthiest person in the world, Warrant Buffett sported a frugal lifestyle for most of his life.

                  After buying a house in Omaha, Nebraska for just above 31,000 dollars, he has lived there since 1958. As a leading investor and a founder at Berkshire Hathaway, Buffett believes in setting aside an amount to save and spend only on necessities.

                  With a long term goal as a top priority in mind always, treating oneself can be sustainable once in a while. He advices to save money by deciding first and foremost what aspects to scrimp on and what aspects to splurge on to ensure a happy and balanced lifestyle.

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                  9. Jack Ma: Never Give up

                    On every journey to success, everybody stumbles and arrives at roadblocks. Some more than most, like Jack Ma, who survived countless rejections and failures only to get back up and brave every storm.

                    Ma is the founder of multinational technology conglomerate Alibaba Group. Despite being rejected to Harvard after every one of his 10 applications, Ma was never defeated.

                    His grit and tenacity is a fine testament to the fact that grades do not determine a future. While qualifications on paper are important, the development of skills and an attitude is just as helpful in making a recipe for success.

                    Despite finding himself in the verge of bankruptcy in the 1990s, Jack Ma possessed the resilience to put one foot in front of the other until he finally made it. “It’s important to have patience,” he says.

                    10. Tan Min Liang: Passion Can Pay Off

                      Tan Min Liang is the founder of the leading high-performance gaming hardware, Razer. Always on the look out for new opportunities to connect and scale his business, Tan has been bold in making many of his life’s decisions.

                      Having deviated from a traditional path set by a family that consists of doctors and lawyers, Tan was to find his life’s work and passion while gaming with his older brother.

                      The idea was simple: there were so many games out there to play, however, there were hardly any gaming equipment to match this.

                      So he dropped out of law and began going a different direction, into creating solutions in the gaming industry. At the start of 2019, Tan wrote to tech luminary Elon Musk to which Musk’s reply suggested of a joint venture between two of the most successful entrepreneurs today.

                      Final Thoughts

                      In today’s cutthroat world, the road to becoming a successful entrepreneur is a long and arduous process trailed with ups and downs. A valuable lesson that a good hand of entrepreneurs would love to convey to aspiring entrepreneurs is to keep the spirit of innovation and to explore uncharted waters.

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                      Learning from experience and failure is one direction to a desired end goal. Exhibiting the same dedication and grit so many entrepreneurs have through their unexpected careers – today’s budding visionaries ought to hang on their dreams and leave room for improvement along the way.

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