Just a few years ago, applicants would sit before a computer and type out the skills and experiences that make up their curriculum vitae. But technology has reshaped how we do things. Now people can create impressive videos that details their qualifications which will help them stand out from other applicants.
It is not enough to simply do a video CV; it has to be done right. Creating a video CV is not as intimidating as it sounds, and we have put together this guide to help you.
Just like a traditional CV, quality and presentation matters. Even if you are using an old cam coder in your sitting room, you have to ensure that the picture and sound of your video is of professional quality. A video CV with poor picture and bad sound is dead on arrival. It may need to consider using a professional video service in order to get a high quality video
A video CV is not only a way to publicize your qualifications, it is also an avenue for prospective employers to meet the real you. You may not get another chance to impress if you don’t get it right the first time. Put a lot of planning into your appearance. The job role can determine how you dress but it is important that you appear as if you are going for a real interview. The setting for your video also matters, a cluttered environment can show you are a hands-on kind of person; it can also be interpreted to mean you lack organizational skills. You need to look for a mid ground that would pass the right message.
Prospective employers can tell how suitable you are for the job role based on the content of your video. Your acumen or lack of it can be measured from your introduction, your career objectives, right use of language and your summary. It is a good idea to first put down your content on paper and rehearse before doing it on video. Practice not only helps you identify errors, you also get new ideas to help you develop your existing content.
Unlike traditional CVs, in a video CV, there is no limit to how creative you can get. Your creativity is shown in your appearance, your setting and even your language. A video CV gives you certain freedom that a paper CV will not. However, try not to get carried away and be careful to use only materials prospective employers will appreciate.
There are lots of things that can be done with your recording to give it a more professional look. Captions, titles and effects are just some of the finishing torches that will make your CV standout. While it is not compulsory to do this, it will show prospective employers that you are willing to go the extra mile for what you believe in.
Hopefully, the following suggestion will help you put together a winning video CV. However, remember that you may not get the perfect video CV you want on the first try. You should be ready to keep at it until your video CV is perfect.