Video CVs are becoming increasingly popular with jobseekers wanting to go against the grain. Whilst there is nothing wrong with a traditional paper CV, videos enhance job applications by providing employers with more insight into an individual’s personality
Is using a video CV a good idea?
Whether you use a video CV or not depends on the sector, the role you’re applying for and you as a person. Video CVs are a great opportunity to show your presentation skills. They are particularly effective for creative and customer based roles such as sales, media, marketing and advertising.
However, just taking the time and the effort to create a video CV for any industry will show your employer you are willing to go the extra mile to succeed.
Webcam availability is now everywhere and broadband and mobile connection speeds are great, meaning that the quality of video CVs can be fantastic and professional looking. People are intrigued to see video CVs as they are new and more visually communicative than a paper CV
What makes a successful video CV?
One of the best things about video CVs is that they come in many different formats which express individuality. There are not any particularly set rules with a video CV, whereas traditional CV’s tend to have a set format.
There is also a lot you can say in 60 and 180 seconds, so one of the best places to begin with a video CV is to make one between 1 and 3 minutes’ long.
Introduce yourself clearly and tell the interviewer why you’re the right person for the job. Remember you only have a few seconds to engage them – then you have to keep them interested. End with something along the lines of ‘Thanks in advance for taking the time to read my CV’.
It’s also important to dress as though you’re attending an interview. If you are seeking something formal, than wearing a suit or something professional would be wise, whereas for a role in an industry that is relaxed and creative you can go for a more casual attire.
Other important factors include:
- Filming in a tidy environment
- Speaking clearly
- Not fidgeting
- Not looking at notes off camera as it is obvious if you look away to read.
- Act like the video CV is an interview
- Portraying a polite and friendly personality.
if you believe you have something unique to offer and you can communicate this on film, then providing employers with the option to click on a link to a video CV may just give you an edge over other applicants. It could be the difference.