What is a video CV?

In an increasingly competitive job market, you need to be able to stand out from the crowd.

That’s where having a video CV can be a major asset.

A video CV is a promotional recording where the star is you: the person looking for work.

With the modern capabilities of transmitting video via the internet, video CVs can be effective in helping to showcase your ability beyond a traditional résumé.

Imagine as an employer you receive dozens, sometimes hundreds, of applications for just one vacancy.

The individual who is prepared to do that bit extra to attract their attention can increase their chances of success.

A traditional CV is still useful and shouldn’t be ignored, because it outlines your skills, qualifications and experience.

However, a video CV gives potential employers a real insight into your personality, while you’ll be able to demonstrate your presentation skills too.

Not only that, some employers will now only consider candidates if they include a video CV with their application.

Filming ourselves has become the norm.

A video CV will not only make people sit up and take notice of you, and your expertise, but will also demonstrate you understand the relevance and immediacy of new ways of engaging with others.

Having said as much, a bad video CV is so much worse than having no video CV at all.

Yours needs to be structured, yet professional, with maybe a little creative spark. We have listed below a few of our top tips to create a video cv.

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To create the best video CV you should…

  • Practice in front of the camera

Before you start, you need to get used to being in front of the camera.

First off, you can prepare by reading from a book, singing, dancing – anything that gets you relaxed.

Also, find a position that is well-lit so you look your best.

When you’re ready, you can try speaking directly to the camera.

Maybe talk about something you’re passionate about then, when you’ve recorded yourself, take a look and assess how you’ve done.

Are you talking with confidence? With clarity too?

And are you looking directly into the camera?

  • Decide what to say

You don’t need to go into the details of your previous employment or education because you’ll have included that on your conventional CV.

Instead, the idea is to make a more personal impression.

Start by introducing yourself clearly, and explaining why you’re the right person for the job.

Tell them something meaningful about you, what you are passionate about, and the principles that guide you.

Remember your body language too; maintain eye contact with the camera and try to relax.

  • Ask questions

Create a set of questions that you’ll answer in your video CV.

Once you’ve listed them, experiment putting them in a different sequence until you get them in an order you’re comfortable with.

Detail courses you’ve attended, character references from colleagues and hobbies (ones that are relevant in some way to the role).

  • Dress to impress

Remember the video CV is a first impression your (hopefully) future employer will get of you and the way you look is important.

Dress as if you’re already at the interview.

You may want to wear a suit if you’re applying for a formal position in which you are expected to look sharp.

But you can be more casually attired if you’re applying for a job in the creative sector.

  • Don’t go on too long!

The time it takes to grab someone’s attention is about 10 seconds.

After that, you need to keep it concise.

Two or three minutes is probably enough time to get your character and passions across, so after you’ve filmed all the material edit it down and try to keep the job you’re applying for as the focus of your film.

Things to avoid in a video cv

You’re showing who you are, your personality, and how well you can communicate. Reading a script ‘off camera’ isn’t a good idea.

Stilted script reading comes across as exactly that, and you risk being perceived as insincere.

It’s best to have a few silences or umms in there instead because you’ll come across as human and more likeable.

Background is important; filming in a scruffy environment not only doesn’t look great, it’s distracting.

Speak clearly and try to approach recording your video CV in the same way you would a face-to-face introduction.

It may be that you don’t feel you can bring yourself to life on paper, for example, or that you have something unique to communicate and you’ll be able to show that with an immediacy a normal CV doesn’t.

Of course, it does give an employer the chance to reject you before they’ve even met you.

However, generally, the positives outweigh the negatives.

A CV presented as a video clip can be considered as the first interview, something that is more relevant than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic when Zoom exchanges and other online interaction become part of the job seeking process.

It can convey what a sociable, confident individual you are and will tell the recruiter more about you as a person.

At the top of that list is that you are bold enough to place yourself in front of the camera.

The traditional interview process tends to be a mixture of things, including an opportunity for you to learn about the mechanics of an organisation.

Meanwhile, a video CV is an opportunity for it to be ‘all about you’.

And, remember, if you can handle the pressure of an interview, then you can make a video CV. Unlike a live interview, if you mess up the first few times you do it, you can keep on trying until you get it right.

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If you would like to know more about how to make your own video CV, and the best way to use one to impress recruiters, contact us at cvvid.com

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