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Posted: 27.07.2016

A video resume is a presentation of yourself to hiring managers or employers to get yourself viewed and considered for a job position. In essence, it is a video resume that you can use to apply for a job without actually going through an interview. This saves time and the need for scheduling.

These ten tips are divided into 3 key themes; Introduction, Strengths & Weaknesses and Expectations.  For every sub-heading, there are guiding questions which will assist in creating the video resume. These questions are aids to craft the video resume content and should be answered with relevance.

There will be a total of 10 short video clips for all 10 tips. Each tip has a recommended timing for a video to ensure that it is kept clear and concise. There is also a Do & Don’t section to guide in your content.

But before that, know what is a Visume and how will the end product will look like. 


1)Brief introduction 

Share more information about yourself?

You should provide the basic, name and ethnicity. This is will be a good ice-breaker to tell more about yourself such as hobbies and voluntary work.  You can also use this opportunity to inform hiring managers or employers the reason you are the best candidate for the job.

Do: Keep to basic information
Don’t: Do not exceed 120 Seconds limit

Recommended video time: 120 Seconds


Share more about your education background?

You should highlight your highest qualification, mention speciality of the school and your co-curriculum activities. If you have received any awards in school, do share. It is a plus point.

Do: Share uniqueness of study
Don’t: Do not share education history from kindergarten 

Recommended video time: 90 Seconds


Share more about your experience?

For Fresh Graduates: Share with the Hiring Manager or Employer, internship opportunities you had in school. You can highlight your responsibilities and key learning points.
For Experienced Workers: Share highlights of your career progression with examples of successful projects. Keep it to a maximum of two to remain concise.

Do: Share relevant experience 
Don’t: Mention examples without explanation 

Recommended video time: 60 Seconds

Strengths & Weaknesses 


What do you consider as your greatest strength?
How do you use your strength to help others?

This should be the video clip where you highlight some values that are work-related. Examples would be, commitment to work, being results driven and possibly how you use your strength to resolve conflicts/problems.

Do: Share how your strength has/will benefit others (E.g. Good listening skills enabled me to identify concerns faced by colleague)
Don’t: Do not belittle others with strengths (E.g. Taking initiatives on behalf of others)

Recommended video time: 30 Seconds


Describe your weakness?
How do you overcome them?

You can mention your weakness and the steps you made to make it better. An example would be public speaking where during your free time you would attend public speaking classes to improve yourself.

You can also mention how your weakness can also be your strength. An example is where you are slow in reading an email but you can use it to your advantage where reading carefully helped ensure a client/ project specific needs were met.

Do: Acknowledge your weakness (E.g. Slow learner, require more time to understand concepts, Unable to multi-task)
Don’t: Does not find a need to improve mistakes (E.g. Does not adopt an improving attitude)

Recommended video time: 30 Seconds


6)Job Role 

What is your expectation of the job?

Share values of the jobs such as the need to be meticulous in analysing data. Creating new accounts and even dedication if the job role requires to take on projects.

Do: Demonstrate values expected in the job
Don’t: Share values which are unrelated to job role

Recommended video time: 20 Seconds


Would you rather work with others or alone?

Demonstrate your flexibility in both work settings with examples wherein a team you have to prepare your work in order to share your findings and consult with the team to come up with a strategy.

Do: Share example of collaborative works
Don’t: Unwillingness to work in a team (E.g. Prefers to work alone and does not consult with team members)

Recommended video time: 20 Seconds


What work-related goals do you have in the next few years?

The standard answer would be to have more opportunities for personal growth, greater responsibilities and taking on a management role. Try to make it more specific and applicable to you. You can also share if you are keen on taking part-time studies to improve your work.

Do: Able to set achievable goals/plans in few years’ time (E.g. Demonstrate ability to plan and achieve work-related goals)
Don’t:  Unachievable goal setting

Recommended video time: 20 Seconds


What salary range are you looking at?

Understand what the market rate is and mention that you are looking at a competitive salary. You can also mention in previous jobs where there are bonuses based on performance.

Do: Set a realistic salary range (E.g. $30,000 - $40,000: Varies depending on SME/MNC)
Don’t: Give an unrealistic salary range (E.g. Above market rate salary range)

Recommended video time: 20 Seconds


Are you looking for any employers and are there any offers?

This is to gauge how interested in the job you are. You can share that you just started looking for a job and have scheduled a few other interviews in the next one week. Lastly, do mention that you are keeping your options open. This to show that you have not considered others yet.

Do: Keeping opportunities open (E.g. To demonstrate having considered all options before committing to one)
Don’t: Do not mention that the job is the last in consideration (E.g. Give the wrong impression of lack of interest)

Recommended video time: 20 Seconds


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