Within the e-learning world of voice over jobs there is a niche in employee training videos and HR communication. The jobs within this niche include new employee onboarding, benefits information, company policies and procedures, training, and safety information.
HR departments need communication to keep teams informed and up to date as well as getting new employees trained. The e-learning niche was around before the pandemic however, it has grown and will continue to grow as remote working will continue.
Voice Over Talent and HR Communications
Most employees are not comfortable or have the right tone needed for e-learning videos. That is where voice over talent comes in. These videos and onboarding information set the tone for the company. As a voice over talent, you are trained in how to create a tone that matches the company. From financial institutions, IT, banks, software development, each brand needs a sound that will resonate with staff and match the vibe. As the voice over professional, it is about establishing a tone and representing them in your performance. Also many in-person sales training meetings have been replaced with e-learning sessions.
Once hired by a company, there are many job opportunities initially as into the future as the voice of the brand. Many voice over actors find that it is a great stream of income.
When a new employee is hired, there is a lot of information that needs to be given. Voice over for onboarding is gaining popularity as an alternative to face-to-face training. The voice over talent needs to be a calming, informational voice that sets expectations while getting the companies message across. During the onboarding process, the employee is getting a sense of the company, which is why the voice over is so critical.
Benefits and Insurance Information
Benefits and insurance information can be confusing with so many options for a new hire. Narrating benefits and training on how to handle the paperwork and options is another important area for HR. The voice over talent needs to make it as easy to understand as possible and speak conversationally. The other key component is keeping the delivery engaging, as the initial reaction of a new hire is to glaze over when the conversation starts getting long.
Safety training videos are important in many industries, like hospitals, plants, refineries, warehouses, construction, labs, food handling, and more. Safety videos are a huge part of the e-learning experience for employees.
The voice over talent needs to deliver the information and keep the employee interested, so a monotone delivery is not going to work. The audience needs to understand and comprehend in order to keep themselves and others safe when working. This is a huge reason why companies are hiring voice over actors to narrate the safety videos.
Training E-Learning Videos
Many e-learning videos that are being made. Not only for new hires but for all employees, management, and even hiring and firing. There are many opportunities for the voice over talent to create new projects as time goes on.
Whether you already are working in the e-learning videos or not this corporate opportunity niche is only going to gain momentum and continue to be a great avenue for voice over actors. One thing of note: I personally believe that the best e-learning voices have a bit of a "generic" neutral sound to them. They are clear, concise and articulate. For women, I believe slightly deeper, mature strong voices work well. And for men, a clear tenor non raspy voice with excellent diction works best. Yes, you may have noticed that I just pretty much eliminated myself from e-learning voices. My voice is usually too deep, raspy and distinctive for e-learning. My voice often becomes too distracting from the original material to be properly listened to. And of course, it's the material subject matter at hand that is what's important.