Guide to Recording a Video CV

Video CVs are an engaging way to connect with employers. Unlike a written CV, there is no set format for creating one, meaning that you have scope to be creative and really showcase your personality.

Here’s a quick guide to getting you started on filming your own video CV.

Preparation

Equipment

You'll need a computer or mobile phone, and internet access. Ideally you should use editing software such as Microsoft Movie Maker or Apple iMovie.

Duration

You’ll need to plan for your video CV to last for around 90 seconds. You’ll be able to pack a lot of information into this time.

Content

Preparation is key, so write down what you’d like to say. Ideally you need to avoid reading from a script when filming, but writing one can help you decide what you’re going to say, and in what order.

Then practice! Learning your script beforehand, or even ad-libbing a little, will result in a more natural and relaxed performance.

Location

Decide where you’re going to film your video. Choose somewhere quiet to avoid background noise, and with good lighting.

What to include in your video CV

1. Start with an introduction. Introduce yourself with your name, age and town where you live, and explain what type of role you’re interested in.

2. Talk about your unique selling points, your skills and experience. Relate them to the type of role you want.

The Working Heads Video CV Questions article gives some great examples of questions you could prepare the answers to insert link to questions article. Make a note of the key points you want to make, and attributes you want to show, and work back from there.

3. Be genuine and let your personality speak for itself. This is your chance to demonstrate your soft skills – for example, your passion, creativity, determination, and how likeable or confident you are.

4. Be mindful of your body language (include link to body language article). Relax, stand straight and use subtle hand gestures. Maintain eye contact with the camera, smile and look positive.

5. Dress as though you’re attending an interview, and dress according to the type of role you’re looking for. For example, a suit would be appropriate for a job role where you would be expected to dress formally. Smart-casual clothes would be appropriate for a creative work environment. Insert link to guide to what to wear at interview.

6. Take your time and speak at a comfortable and clear pace. Avoid mumbling or talking too quickly,

Don’t read obviously from a script. Try to approach your video as though you’re attending a face-to-face interview.

7. Practice, practice, practice! This will help you feel confident and prepared.

8. At the end of your video, thank the viewer for watching. A little courtesy goes a long way.

Guide to Filming

When you’re ready to film your final version, make sure the quality of your audio is good. Employers need to be able to clearly hear what you’re saying.

Film your video in front of a plain wall or background, with no furniture or objects visible around you.

Consider making the video dynamic by using different shots and camera angles.

Do a few takes – you then have plenty to choose from when you’re editing your film.