Backdrop – If you would like an artificial background and have access to a green screen (chromakey) please use it. If not, please use a plain, flat backdrop. Alternatively use a background you are comfortable having on screen and avoid backlighting.
Camera resolution – Please try to have your webcam settings set to 1080p HD. 4K (UHD) and greater is excessive. Video will be stored at SD.
Time limit – 2 minutes (120 seconds). Try to keep under two minutes. Humans have short attention spans!
Lighting – Avoid backlighting and try to have a bright direct source of light front-on.
Audio – use a quality microphone positioned away from sources of background noise and in a close, direct line to your mouth.
Camera position – Ensure the camera is positioned as close as possible to your eye level.
Less is more – Respect the time of your potential employers by keeping your video resume short. Video resumes that last between one and two minutes often produce the best results.
Don’t improvise, use the script – Put your ideas on paper, that will make them much easier to remember once the camera starts rolling.
Focus on what you’re good at – You have a limited amount of time to explain why you are the right candidate for the job, don’t waste that time on talking about your weaknesses.
Don’t forget your audience – Try to understand what the people who are going to watch the video like and what they don’t like. If you manage to do this, your video resume is going to grab the attention of its viewers.
Teleprompter – Two scrolling options:
- Voice recognition: Text scrolls responsively at the pace you read. Use the microphone button at top left trigger this setting.
- Standard, uniform scrolling: Text scrolls uniformly at a speed you select. Use the chevron ‘V’ button at top right to access scrolling settings.
Core Teleprompter Instructions
- [[STARTS]]: indicates the start of the script.
- [[ENDS]]: indicates the end of the script.
- [[PAUSE]]: indicates for the client to pause speaking, useful for managing scene transitions and/or catching their breath.