Step 3 Planning your video
It's time to start making decisions. This is a big section full of advice. Go through it bit by bit.
Writing a script
A script is what you want to say in your V-Resume.
For many it is helpful to know what you want to say before you start filming. By writing a script, you have something you can practice before you start filming.
By knowing what you want to say, you will be more confident and relaxed in front of a camera.
The good news is that you already have a great start in writing your script! In Step One and Step Two you identified what is important to you. These can be used in your script.
Consider having someone sit behind your camera for your first few recordings, so that you'll be presenting to a real person.
Tips for your script
Not too personal
Avoid giving detailed information about you, your family or friends, and pets. You want this to be about your skills not your home life.
When talking about your skills, give details about how much or how many.
Don't repeat your written resume
Don't repeat what is already in your written resume. Show your personality,
Keep it short
With only 1-2 minutes for your whole V-Resume you want to list the most important points.
Practice, Practice, Practice
You don't want to sound scripted in your video resume. Aim to hit the key points while coming across as naturally as possible. You want to sound friendly and confident.
Tiahnee practiced her script many times before it was filmed. On filming day she read her script out loud then looked up and spoke to the camera. She did at least three takes or short videos of the same sentence to get different facial expressions.
Let's write your script
You can write your script in the Jobseeker Workbook, the V-Partner Booklet or use the 'Answers and Script' menu option on this V-Resume website. It is here you can write your script and print it.
A script is best used for when you are speaking directly to camera.
Your V-Partner can ask you questions from Step One and Step Two and you film your answer. So you will be looking slightly to one side of your camera in your final video. It is recommended you sit at a table for this option as it looks more relaxed and friendly.
Stick to those questions that had the 'Most Important' information from Step One and Step Two. Feel free to ask others too.
Use the Timing layout shown in the section above. This helps you stay focussed whilst having a conversation.
- Sit up and smile
- Pretend the camera isn’t there and you are talking to your V-Partner
- You can write a script for your answer, but it is encouraged to just answer like you did in Step One and Step Two
- Have your V-Partner keep a track of each little video you make. Write down what video it is so you can easily find your best ones later on.
The V-Partner’s voice can be taken out of the video if you choose in Step Five – How to put your video together.
Remember to wait a few seconds between question and answer, this will help with editing later on. Ask the same question a few times, a few different versions of the same answer is helpful!
Watch as Keith and his V-partner have a conversation but also film versions of answering the same question a few times.
Let's write your script
If you want to write your script then you can do this in the Jobseeker Workbook, the V-Partner Booklet or use the 'Answers and Script' menu option on this V-Resume website. It is here you can write your script and print it.
Things to consider
Getting Ready to Film
When you are filming yourself talking, imagine your audience is about 2 meters away from you as you will need to project your voice a little further for good sound quality