The video resume is one of the practices that have become popular over the past few years. Many people think that a video resume is more complicated to create than a basic written resume. However, most of those who have successfully created one believe that it is not as difficult as expected.
Video resumes are a trend in the recruitment market. More and more candidates are differentiating themselves from the majority with the video resume and the creative aspect it represents. Beyond a simple video, some people have demonstrated their creativity through simulated interviews between 2 characters they played themselves (the candidate and his future employer).
A video CV can complement a classic CV, this is the case for several jobs where the human aspect is essential (Salesman, speaker…). Therefore, written applications accompanied by a video format have a better chance of being selected.
It is also an opportunity to discover the soft-skills of the candidate. Many skills can be highlighted for the candidate such as oral fluency, language level, as well as non-verbal language.
How to create your video CV?
– Prepare the text:
The first step to take is to prepare your text. It is essential to sort out the content to be said. The video CV does not last long (2 minutes on average), so it is necessary to choose the most relevant information that recruiters are looking for.
– Prepare your filming environment:
A quiet and well-lit location is a must in order to have a great result. Don’t hesitate to position your camera or smartphone properly and to adjust the focus. Another important point, it is recommended to test your equipment beforehand (Audio and video) to avoid any interruption during the shooting.
– Start the recordings:
It is almost impossible to make a success of your video resume on the first try. You will have to go through several attempts before succeeding. During the recording, you will need to adjust your keywords, body movements and positioning.
When editing your video, you will need to make it more dynamic. Music in the background at low volume can disguise repetitive silences.
Adding text or icons to the video can make it more enjoyable to watch. Subtitles are also one of the recommendations to rely on. Videos with subtitles ensure a higher viewing time (12% more according to statistics)
Once your video resume is finished, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your friends and family. An external vision can be beneficial and will allow you to find areas for improvement.