How to create your first video CV

The job market has changed considerably over the past couple of decades. If you ask one of your grandparents (or anyone over 70) how they got their first job, they’ll probably reply with a variation of: ‘I saw a sign in the window (or the local newspaper) and I walked in (or called up) and offered my services.’

Nowadays, the competition is tough and the process has changed. Technology has revolutionised every industry, and recruitment is no different.

If you’ve been asked to make a video resume (video CV, if you’re in the UK), or if you want to make one to get an edge on the competition, then this article is for you. We’re going to look at video resumes in detail. What are they? Why should you make one? And how?

Let’s find out!

Write a script

The first thing you need to do is put together a script that covers everything would like to include in your video. This will give you time to go over what you’d like to say and it will allow you to phrase everything in the best way. If you’re planning on appearing in the video, it would probably be best to try and memorise the script. The last thing you want to do is read from the script while you’re recording, as this may come across as unprofessional.

Make it relevant

Just like a normal paper resume or CV, your video should be specific to the role you are applying for. A generic video is unlikely to impress potential employers, but a personalised one will show them how much the role means to you and will make for a more memorable application!

Keep it short

In order for your application to be considered, you have to bear in mind that employers receive hundreds of applications per job post so they might not have time to watch a long video CV. According to research by Wistia, the ideal video length for maximum viewer engagement is 1-2 minutes. Ninety seconds is the magic number and anything more than two minutes will face losing engagement.

Get creative and keep it original

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In today’s ever-expanding digital world, video CVs are becoming extremely popular. Therefore it is important for you to make yours stand out. Try and find some inspiration online: YouTube has thousands of video resumes for you to get some ideas from. Gather as much information as you can and put together your own masterpiece.

Make it professional

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This goes without saying, but your video should be professional. So, when you decide to start recording, make sure you have everything you need and, more importantly, make sure the lighting is right. The last thing you want is for your video CV to be completely overlooked because of the dull background.

Collect feedback

When you are done editing your masterpiece send it to your friends, mentors or family to get their feedback. They might notice things that you didn’t or give you ideas to make your video stand out even more. Remember to have a little fun when recording your video CV, and you will be sure to land your dream job.

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