Profile tips (photo/video guidelines)
Your profile is your chance to leave a great impression. In fact, until you get hired, it’s your ONLY chance to leave an impression. Just follow these tips to make your profile more attractive:
- Describe yourself: Make your description attractive, detailed, and informative. Talk about your studies, previous events experience and skills. A little personal touch can differentiate you from other candidates.
- Upload high-quality photos: Your photos stand out on your profile, and customers will look at them first. Keep the photos professional and avoid selfies at all costs.
- Be truthful: Lies about your skills/languages, posting false pictures of yourself or being misleading previous experiences will upset customers and you will get bad reviews that will make it more difficult for you to work in future events.
Photo and video guidelines
Having great profile pictures will increase the number of viewings to your profile which can translate into more number of bookings. As the saying goes, pictures are worth a thousand words and they can tell a lot about you: your demeanour, your personality, your likability, professionalism, and so forth. Think of your photo as your first step to making yourself stand out from other hosts and hostesses.
Keep the following in mind when posting your photos:
- Minimum of 3 pictures and up to a maximum of 10 pictures.
- Pictures can’t contain watermarks or logos.
- Bikini, lingerie, half-nudes, or unnecessarily revealing pictures are strictly prohibited.
Your photos are so important that we recommend you having them taken by a professional. However, if you don’t have any and can’t afford a professional photoshoot, don’t panic! Here are 6 tips to help you pick a strong photo from the ones you already have:
Choose a photo that looks like you.You’d think that would be obvious. But make sure your profile pictures are up-to-date (within the past few months) and reflects how you normally look: your hair, glasses, makeup, and so forth.
Choose the right expression.Smile with your eyes. You want to appear warm, friendly, and approachable. Don’t fake smile though, but again, don’t look too serious. You don’t want to have a fake grin on your face either, but don’t look too serious.
Wear what you’d wear to work.You don’t want to be over or underdressed.
Choose a background that isn’t distracting.After you put all that effort into having the perfect picture, it would be a shame if the background were to distract the viewer. Keep the background simple – even white works – so you are the hero in your photo.
Strike the perfect poseThe perfect pose is a natural pose. Try not to appear stiff or otherwise uncomfortable.
Avoid selfiesRemember, when signing up to Chooz, you decided to take a professional path. So keep the photos professional too and avoid selfies!
Putting a professional video in your profile is an excellent way to market yourself to prospective clients. Adding a video to your profile is optional, but if you want to increase your chances of being booked, take advantage of this feature and create a high-quality video that highlights your expertise. Don’t just upload any video; if your video is off topic or unprofessional, it will hurt rather than help your chances of being booked.
What can I show on my video?
Customers normally look at your mannerism, gestures, languages, and communication skills. If you speak an additional language, make sure you say a couple of sentences that accurately reflect your proficiency and your pronunciation.
Follow these 6 steps to create a great intro video:
Plan out what you want to say
Your script should introduce you to the customer and express your motivations, professional experience, languages, and skills. Communicate these points in 30 seconds or less as people generally lose interest if the video exceeds half a minute. Make sure you practice a few times before recording yourself!
Try this script template out if you’re out of ideas:
An introduction (5 seconds)Who are you? Where are you from? What did you study?
Objective (5 seconds)Why do you want to work as a host/hostess?
Career highlights (15 seconds)What work experience do you have? Do you speak any other languages? What other skills do you have?
Conclusion (5 seconds)This is where you can win over a customer in one concise statement: why should they choose you over anyone else?
Quality is keyIf you don’t have a digital video camera, you can use the video mode on your smartphone, or webcam on your computer. Just make sure you shoot the video in high definition or 1080p.
Good lighting, please!We recommend that you film indoors in a room with plenty of light. Just make sure you don’t have strong light behind you. If there’s lighting above you, make sure it doesn’t cast shadows on your face. Bad lighting can create an impression of poor quality to the viewer, and shadows can make some people uncomfortable.
Clean and simple backgroundA clean, plain background will help ensure that the focus is on you and not the things around you. Also, make sure you’re in a quiet place (no noise) and that the only sound on your video is the sounds you want your customer to hear – your voice!
Make yourself presentableBefore you start recording, you have to get yourself ready. We recommend that you dress in business casual attire. Be yourself so customers can get a sense of who you are and how you can help them. Speak to the camera and don’t forget to smile! Also, shoot from the waist up and make sure your face and hand gestures are visible as you talk in the video as this makes you appear more natural.
Review your video
It might take you a few tries until you get the perfect video introduction for your profile. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. Not all of us are Hollywood directors. Before your video is ready to share, double-check the following:
- Did you speak clearly and not too quickly?
- Are there any awkward pauses?
- Can you hear your voice in the video?
- Can you see your face clearly?
- Is the background clear (i.e., no one else in the shot, no personal belongings, etc.)?
- If you asked someone to record you, is the shot steady and not shaky?
- Did you smile in the video?
You can then upload your video to youtube, and add your video to your chooz profile. Find out how here.