You may not realize it, but you just might have that job you’re aiming for in the palm of your hand. No, we’re not talking about professional burrito tasters. Smartphones today are equipped with cameras good enough to make a snazzy video introduction or resume that can shoot you right to the top of a crowded list of applicants. Your video isn’t limited to the quality of your smartphone but the creativity of your mind.
Be properly equipped
Most smartphone cameras provide enough sharpness and added features to give you what you need to put out a quality video pitch. Some smartphones, however, are a little better than others. The Sony Xperia Z1S smartphone, for example, has a 20.7-megapixel camera and a few video editing and effects features that can make you look better than you really do. The AR effect enables you to take photos and add virtual characters like Spiderman and scenes like fields of butterflies. While these may not help you get a job with the local accounting firm (you’ll have to supply your own white shirt and black tie), they can add fun in the right situation. The Sweep Panorama feature allows you to get a panoramic shots just by sweep your smartphone across the image(s) you’re shooting.
Other apps can help you enhance your video if you don’t have a mega-high resolution camera. Windows Movie Maker provides you with the basics, such as a variety of themes, adding text, music and transitions. The VSDC Free Video Editor is a little more complex to work with, but offers even more features like correction tools, filters and several export options that, if you can master this app, can really make your video pop.
One smartphone accessory you might want to include in your video-making production is a tri-pod to keep a steady shot throughout your video. One cool positioning device that is the Life-Phorm, which has spider-like legs that can be positioned in just about any way and hung on just about anything. If spiders freak you out, there are plenty of other non-themed tripods.
Think outside the box, but don’t blow it up
Your creativity can be the key to getting that job, but it can also be your undoing. Combining your skills, whatever they may be (perhaps you can sing and dance or draw rad pics?) and showcasing them on your video doesn’t just tell your potential employers what you are capable of, it shows them. Overlapping a song you wrote to play along with a video skit of you and a cartoon you drew could be the right kind of “wow” factor for a comics or music company, but not so much for a law firm or dentist office.
A series of frame-by-frame photos played together to make a stop-motion video about yourself may be a bit time-consuming but it offers a great and fun way of showing off your creative design capabilities. This effect may not be anything new in the video-making world, but making still photos come to life to tell your story is still impressive.
The Splice app assembles clips, music, text, photos and audio and synchronizes sound effects and voice-overs. Use a video recording of a famous person and manipulate it to make it look as though they are having a conversation with you about your best qualities. Having a video depicting you talking with, say, film director Steven Spielberg is now possible using only a smartphone and apps.
Quick tips on video making
Having some fun with creating your video is just as important as showing off your talent to potential employers. Refrain from videotaping yourself just reading your resume. Make this a pitch, a 3D professional summary. You want to be engaging, show off your personality and magnetism. Focus on the most important specifics about yourself that can relate to the types of positions that you’re applying for.
Also, keep your video short. Your video could be excellent, but if it lingers on, it might put off some employers who are pressed for time. Aim to keep your video no longer than a minute and a half. A good measuring stick is testing it on family and friends. If you don’t feel you can show them then it’s easy to say it shouldn’t be sent to a company you’re aiming to be hired by.