Video CV Tips and Tricks

In today's market, using a video CV or video resume as a tool to get that first face to face meeting is becoming more common in gaining employment. Creating a video CV or video resume is a fairly simple task. The creation of a good video CV or video resume takes planning and thought. It shows more of the applicant that does not show in the resume or support documents. For this reason you need your video CV or video resume to show off a positive view to compliment everything else the prospective employer might see. So what makes a good and bad video CV or video resume?

What Works

Some of the points you want to come across in your video CV or video resume

  • Professionalism - this is the employers' first sight of you, dress and act accordingly.
  • Positive attitude - show enthusiasm for the position you are seeking.
  • A 'can do' attitude - discuss details on how you can get the job done.
  • Be prepared - have an idea of what you are doing, and have it rehearsed.
  • Be a match - make yourself stand out as the perfect fit for the job.
  • Stress relevant details - show off skills and attitudes that compliment the resume and you.

What Doesn't Work

Some things you don't want to do

  • Doing something you wouldn't do in an interview.
  • Move around - lots of hand gestures, head movement, looking away from the camera.
  • Make a long show - keep the video CV or video resume to 3 minutes max.
  • Give more personal information than needed - try to highlight and compliment items already in your resume but not much more.
  • Read from a script or the resume itself - it makes you look unprepared and unprofessional.
  • Cute or funny - unless you are an actor or comic leave out the gimmicks.

Other Useful Tips

There are a few other things you can do to help create a positive, professional appearance.

  • Conservative attire - dress as if you are going to a first interview.
  • Simple backgrounds - clean, single color backdrops with a light tone highlight you and not the backdrop.
  • Keep the noise down - keep the pets, kids, and cell phone in another room during the video. You want the employer to concentrate on only you.
  • Make the video indoors - this causes less distraction and gives you more control of the video.
  • Look at the camera - you are looking at your employer not the wall or computer.
  • Take the time - you need to have the time to give this your best effort. Make many dry runs before sending out a finished video CV or video resume.
  • Don't turn bland - don't hide your personality; show how your personality can fit into the job.
  • Remember to introduce yourself and thank the employer for their time.
  • A brief summary at the end helps tie up the video.

If you keep these points in mind, the video CV or video resume you create can help you gain a step up above the crowd. Proper preparation and planning will allow you to sell your best qualities and skills to the potential employer.