What to Include in a Video CV
- Be professional: Dress as you would for an interview, and maintain a professional demeanor. Avoid cursing and slang. Pay attention, too, to the background of shots, and make sure it looks tidy.
- Prepare a script: Don’t ad lib your video completely. You want to seem natural and off-the-cuff, but should have a sense of what you want to say, and how you want to phrase it. Do not read directly from a script, or from your resume, since that leads to a dull video. The main points to express in the video are what you’ll provide the company, and your major goals, skills, and accomplishments. Think of the video as being a pitch for why the company should hire you.
- Know your audience: As you plan your script and filming location, consider who will watch the video, and calibrate accordingly. A video prepared for a position at a bank might differ from a video prepared for a start-up.
- Show, don’t tell: Use visuals to illustrate what you’re saying in the video script and showcase your talents and skills. For instance, if you’re applying for a job where presentations are a major part of the role, you can film yourself assembling a PowerPoint. Or, if any of your presentations were recorded, use that footage in your video resume.
- Keep it brief: Videos should be between 30 to 90 seconds. Anything longer than that is unlikely to be watched.
- Share with friends and family: Getting feedback from others is an important step. Ask a few people to watch your video, and make edits and changes based on their comments.
Video CV Don’ts
- Don’t mix your personal life with your professional one.If you have information on your Facebook or Twitter page that you’d prefer employers don’t see, don’t link your video resume.
- Don’t expect your video resume to replace your traditional resume.Not all employers are interested, and others are worried about discrimination issues i.e. hiring candidates because of how they look and sound rather than your qualifications. However, a well done video can bolster your candidacy for employment.