The Benefits of Video CVs

Debra Rutherford
30 January 2020
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The Benefits of Video CV’s

You have heard it time and time again, in the fiercely competitive job market your CV needs to stand out from the crowd, a recruiter only spends a few seconds looking at each CV so you need to grab their attention etc etc. But how do you do this on one side of A4? It seems like an impossible task.

The answer is you don’t. If you truly want to stand out then a video CV is the answer. In a world fuelled by technology with video content at the forefront, there are huge benefits of ditching the word doc and getting yourself in front of the camera.

First, let’s take a look at some general video statistics:

  • Over 500 hours of video are watched on YouTube every day
  • 59% of executives agree that if both text and video are available on the same topic, they are more likely to choose video
  • A person viewing a video retains 95% of the message compared to 10% when reading it

[Source: Invisia]

As you can see video works! Don’t be cast into the pile of mundane, easily forgettable CV’s.

Read on for more benefits of a video CV:

It shows that you are serious about the role

A well thought out, tailored video CV shows commitment to the application. No lazy one size fit’s all cut and paste application here. A video CV takes time, effort and dedication to pull together. A prospective employer is bound to be impressed with your dedication and resourcefulness making you a memorable candidate right from the outset.

It allows your personality to shine!

Many roles are recruited not purely because a candidates experience and qualifications are ideal for the role but because they are a ‘good fit’ for the company. A one or two page CV, no matter how well written can’t fully show off your personality.

Seeing you on screen makes you instantly more memorable, a real person as opposed to a candidate number on one of many, many similar documents.

You can tailor and expand

In a traditional CV, you are bound to the one or two-page rule, there is no room for expansion and explanation. Yes, you can tailor a CV for a specific role but a video CV allows you to really expand on points that you know will help to secure the role. Telling a story of how you achieved something, as you would in an interview can be done succinctly and effectively on your video at the same time showing the real you.

It shows that you are tech-savvy

As we mentioned above video is huge! Technology is unavoidable in today’s workplace and recruiters will be looking for tech-savvy individuals to bring into their team. You can tell them you are au fait with technology in your CV, however, a video displays your technical ability and willingness to embrace new ways of doing things.

It looks professional

When done well a video CV is highly professional. Think of it as a controlled interview. You have the chance to go back, edit and make sure that your answers are exactly what you want. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Film yourself in front of a tidy background, plain if possible
  • Dress to impress – as you would if you were attending an interview
  • Don’t waffle
  • Practice your script so you don’t need prompts and you appear natural
  • Smile

There you have it 5 reasons to film your CV. If you would like some tips on how to make a killer video CV read more here.

Here are some great examples of video CV’s.

And here are some apps to help you pull together the perfect CV:

Good luck!


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