Sure it’s tough to get a job today, and you can blame COVID-19 all you want for those misgivings.
And since you’re wondering what happened to the hundreds of CVs you’ve already sent, we have a suggestion for you: Video CVs.
The idea is not new but getting noticed today requires some fanciful methods that only Video CVs can achieve.
But instead of replacing traditional CVs, a video CV is used to supplement a written application.
Video CVs are most commonly used to apply for creative and customer-facing roles in sectors such as advertising, creative arts, marketing, media, PR, and sales.
The purpose of a CV in this format is to highlight a candidate’s skills and experience while giving employers an insight into their personality.
Video CVs are usually between 1 and 3 minutes long.
It helps to do some research into the culture of the organization you are applying to for suitability purposes.
Video CVs can help you stand out from the crowd because they’re not as common as text CVs.
Thus, they are more in tune with a digitally transformed boss and enterprise and you’re better able to display your personality, and skills compared to a written CV or cover letter.
Practicing, rehearsing and editing can help hide your flaws or inadequacies facing a camera.
Steps for doing a video CV
You need a well thought out but uncluttered script, a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end between which you can ad-lib a little, but try not to lose track of what you want to say. You don’t want to be reading your script so a lot of practice needs to take place in order to sound genuine.
Location location location doesn’t just apply to real estate but also a video shoot. You need a quiet, well-lit, tidy space to film in, without the dog barking, kids screaming, or toilet flushing.
You are what you wear. You may want to purposely change appearances but be careful about the looks you are projecting. They need to fit the job description.
What should your video include?
Essentially, a video resume isn’t a verbatim list of your accomplishments and employment history turned into an awkward movie. That’s what paper resumes do as part of your employment application.
A video resume conveys the strengths you can’t put on a resume, qualities such as warmth, clear communication, charisma, humor, creativity, and social media abilities.
Look for some strategies like:
Targeting a single employer
If you have a few dream employers in mind, you can increase your chances by tailoring a video for them.
You don’t have to be a video editor to create appealing visuals. Achieve polished results with a professional template.
Get it right, get it tight. Get the key points you’d like to discuss in a conversational manner without smoke and mirrors.
Put your skills on display
Your face may not be as important as your skills. Show your entire suite of abilities graphically and creatively. Use visual prompts to accompany your points rather than camera monologues.
Here’s a look at some interesting video ideas that use creative graphics, animation, music, and humor that showcase the job seeker’s skills, personalities, and experiences.