Video resumes are becoming increasingly common. While they won’t take the place of a standard CV, it’s likely that they’ll only become more and more popular as technology steers the job hunting vehicle. So, what do you need to know when your dream job hangs in the balance of a great video application? We lay it straight for those who aren’t quite sure what to do with themselves in front of a camera.
Usually, Video CVs demonstrate one clear thing- presentability and great conduct in a very clear perspective. They give a potential employer invaluable insight into the way you wish to present yourself, and also the way you wish to demonstrate your best employable qualities on camera.
Video CVs give you an excellent step ahead – even before getting your foot in the door. It’s possibly the only time during a job hunt- other than the interview you’re trying to land- that you’ll get to make a visual first impression and have total control over the way you express yourself. For those who can become anxious in an interview situation, this is an opportunity to lead with style and act with the confidence you have when you’re not under scrutiny.
Some important tips to remember when you record your Video CV include:
Be immaculate. Dress for the job. Clean, neat and tidy clothes and hair are a must, but if you’re trying to land a fashion sales role or something similar, dress FOR your audience. Your choices should reflect interests in line with the role. You don’t need to go overboard but provide some entertaining clues that your interest doesn’t disappear with the ‘stop’ button.
Environment and Background
Make sure the scenery is either neutral or pleasing. An outdoors video can go down well but you won’t necessarily have 100% control over your environment. Remove any visible signs of untidiness, and ensure your space is not distracting and definitely not untidy.
Diction and Pronunciation
A couple of deep calming breaths go a long way before preparing a video CV. Focus on speaking clearly and ensure that you can be perfectly heard, without pauses that go for too long, and without stalling words like ‘umm’ and ‘ahh’.
Consider a video CV just another way to impress a potential hiring manager. Building a video CV that charms the doubt out of an audience can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. First Personnel is among Melbourne’s best Labour Recruitment agencies. If you’d like to streamline the job hunting process, speak with a member of our team today on 1800 510 640