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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 September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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