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A Graduate’s Guide to Creating the Best Video CV

Now that you have finished your degree, you should be feeling confident and ready to take on new opportunities and put your skills and knowledge into action. You’ve completed a number of years at university and we’re sure you don’t want them to go to waste. Therefore, it is essential that you are prepared for the recruitment process, especially with video-led recruitment on the rise.

Many modern companies will ask you to create and submit a video CV so we have listed some of our top tips on how you can ace them to bag your dream job.

What is a Video CV?

A video CV is a short video snippet that is submitted alongside a written CV or job application. It gives jobseekers the chance to show off their professional strengths and provides recruiters and hiring managers with the opportunity to gain a first impression and a better understanding of the candidate’s communication skills and cultural fit.

1. Preparation is Key

When it comes to preparation, there are two main things you must focus on; dress code and location:

Your Impressive Dress Code

As you’re on camera, it is vital that you look your best and dress smartly, after all, first impressions stick, and you want it to be an amazing one. From this, we’d suggest that you opt for the traditional blouse or shirt as this will show that you are making an effort. Recruiters will see the effort you make, and it will only add to their opinion of you. Dress to impress.

Location

As you are recording your Video CV, it may be hard to find the best setting. For example, you may live in a loud household, you may not be comfortable showing your home or your local cafe is may be very busy and loud. Therefore, you need to find an alternative location where there is little to no background noise. Why not pop to a relative’s or a friend’s? as this is somewhere you won’t feel on edge or distracted during your interview.

Not only should you make sure you find the right location, but you also need to clear the area to avoid clutter. Tidy your space and ensure all notes and distractions are removed. Your background will also determine your profile – are you a well-kept individual who takes pride in themselves? or could you not care less?

2. Practice, Practice, Practice

Speak Clearly

Now you’ve determined your location, you must ensure that you speak clearly. Sometimes our speech tends to change when a camera is put in front of us and we become so nervous that our words tend to merge together or we ramble and make no sense.

While this may be an uncomfortable or unfamiliar task to start with, it is vital that you approach it with confidence – talk clearly and don’t overthink things. If you do make mistakes then don’t get frustrated, carry on and remember, you can try again or edit out your mistakes later on.

Get Your Notes Ready, But Ensure You Don’t Just Read From Them

During your preparation it is important that you look at your paper CV and jot down all of your new ideas and key points to ensure you are fully prepared. However, a common issue with jotting down notes is that candidates can tend to end up just reading their paper CV and notes out loud.

This won’t help as you’ll look like a robot and not show your true potential. We know it’s hard trying to remember everything you’ve planned so just ensure you make a bullet list and place it nearby. If you start to wonder what’s next, have a quick look at the list sitting next to you, don’t start staring and overthinking things.

3. Ready, Set, Record

Introduce Yourself

At the beginning of your video CV, you must introduce yourself; say your name and give a little bit of background information, choosing relevant information to show them that you have catered your online video CV to the role. Don’t keep it so general that you make it look as though you are applying for multiple positions in multiple different industries.

Be Professional

Acting professionally in your video CV is probably the most obvious way of leaving a good first impression and, if you have experience in the workplace, it should come naturally to you. To do this, you should use your experience and utilise your strengths, see the camera as a colleague or manager and keep your head held high, treat the camera as another professional.

Feel Free to Retake

So, you’ve just attempted to create your video CV and it hasn’t gone very well, the frustration is kicking in, and you’re beginning to let fear take over.

You shouldn’t let this stop you, it’s time to retake and ensure you don’t let your frustration show. Keep cool and take a few practice runs if needs be. You’ll get there in the end and prove to yourself that you are capable of making an excellent online video CV.

4. Reviewing and Submitting

Now that you have created your video CV, it is important that you watch it back, perhaps a few hours later if you have time as you will have a fresh mindset. From this, you should look for mistakes and ensure you are fully happy with it. Once you are, it’s time to submit. Follow the steps are clearly as you can to make sure you are submitting it correctly, if you have any questions then feel free to ask your recruiter or the video software provider.

Then it’s just a waiting game… good luck.

How Can We Help?

Jobzilla is the first recruitment agency to significantly enhance engagement between our clients and candidates by embracing modern video technology to revolutionise the recruitment process. Our Video Assessments ensure each candidate has the opportunity to express what makes them who they are and provides a valuable tool to help employers make quicker and more effective recruitment decisions.

If you’d like more information on how you can prepare for your upcoming video assessment or would like to know more about the service we offer, why not contact Jobzilla today on 0203 507 1717, email to enquiries@jobzilla.co.uk or by filling out the contact form on our contact page.