How to Create a Successful Video CV

Video CV

As video CVs are becoming a prevalent recruitment technique, it is important that you know how to create the very best video CV to bag the job of your dreams.

To help you achieve this, we have created an essential step-by-step guide to ensure you stand out from the crowd:

1. Look the Part

As with any interview, it is important to look your best and dress smartly, after all, first impressions stick, and you want it to be a good one. We’d suggest you opt for the traditional shirt or blouse as this will show you are making an effort, even from the comfort of your own home, and can help put you in the right mindset. Recruiters will appreciate this and gain a positive impression of you from the onset.

Try to avoid the pyjamas and dressing gowns but what you wear from the waist down is up to you!

2. Speak Clearly

Our speech can tend to change when a camera is put in front of us, some people become so nervous they ramble and speak so quickly that it sounds as if they have made up their own words. Others struggle to get a word out and some mumble and let fear take over.

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

3. Avoid Just Reading Your Paper CV Outloud

A common theme we have seen and heard from many candidates is that they just read their paper CV out loud. This is not going to be beneficial as you’ll look like a robot and not show your true potential. We know it’s tricky 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.

4. Keep it Informative Yet Concise

Now, this is one for when you have too much to say. It’s very easy to get carried away when telling past stories or listing all of your great qualities, so it is essential that you whittle your list down and keep your video CV concise. Aim for no longer than 3 minutes as this is long enough to get your main points across but also leave the recruiters wanting more, that way you are more likely to be contacted and chosen for the next stage.

5. Cater to Your Audience and Industry

Once you have found the industry you’d like to work in, it’s important that you format your CV for the job. Ensure you talk about relevant experience and cater your skills to the position you are applying for, this will give the recruiter confidence that you know what you’re talking about and should be hired for that role.

6. Be Professional

This one is probably the most obvious, be professional, communicate in a way that shows you are engaged and can be taken seriously. Don’t be seen as an amateur; try to avoid using slang and talking the same as you would with friends.

If you are still unsure on how to create the best video CV or would like to discuss this information further, please feel free to call us today on 0203 507 1717, email to or fill out the contact form on our contact page.