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Tips for creating a video CV

The increasing popularity of video sharing websites like YouTube and Vimeo has encouraged job seekers to become creative in preparing their job applications. In some situations, employers will require applicants to submit a standard, written CV, as well as a recorded video CV. In fact, some online sources say that up to 85% of hiring managers around the world would prefer to watch a video CV over other application types. Research shows that while a traditional CV will highlight your qualifications, skills and experience, a video CV will allow you to share more of your personality and charisma!

However, keep in mind that although submitting a video CV may help boost your chances of being hired, it may also affect you negatively if it isn’t completed right. To help you through the job application process, here are some tips to remember when creating a video CV.

Dress smartly

Try and treat your video CV as if it were a real job interview. By making sure you present yourself well in the video, employers will know that you are taking this seriously and a great first impression is made. Men, try and wear a suit and stick to neutral, corporate colours such as black, navy, or brown. Also, make sure you have a neat, presentable haircut and a clean-shaven face. Women can opt to wear a suit, dress or perhaps a jacket. Just be sure to keep it very formal. Remember, first impressions are everything!

Keep your video at the right length

Plan your video carefully so that it is not too long or too short. Typically, video CVs should be about one to three minutes in length. Make sure you do not ramble or talk about anything in the video that is not relevant to that specific job. You should edit your video with short, sharp cuts to make sure it is to the point and that there are no mistakes.

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Ensure video quality

Attempt to make your video CV as high quality as possible. Poor vision or sound can make your video mediocre and may not help you stand out from the others. Again, try and make sure you edit your video’s length, lighting, and sound with simple video editing programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro or iMovie. Finally, make sure that you are presenting in a formal setting with no distracting elements in the background of the frame…the focus should be on you!

Prepare and practise

Make sure that you know exactly what you want to say and practise it as much as possible. You can strategically structure your presentation and highlight some important information about yourself, such as sharing your expertise, interests, and most importantly, what separates you from all the other applicants!

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Keep it relevant

You want to create a video CV that is appropriate for the company or industry that you are applying for. Sectors such as PR, marketing, advertising, sales, or customer service will want to hire people who are innovative, creative and well-spoken, therefore your video should highlight your creativity and presentation skills. By highlighting your attributes, potential employers can see exactly what assets you bring to the table.

Be confident

Speak to the camera as if you are in a real interview, addressing a real employer. You want your potential employers to know that you are confident in yourself, well-spoken and easy to communicate with. Remember: smile, relax, and keep your words simple, yet professional at all times. A huge “no-no” for any employer is anyone who reads anything from a piece of paper during these videos! One last thing to remember: your video CV should enhance, not replace, your written CV.

A video CV is a great tool that can help make your application more personal and unique from other applicants’. It is also a great excuse to get creative and have some fun with the job application process! However, before creating a video CV for a specific job, just remember to check if this type of application is accepted.


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