How to Create a Video CV

Showing a potential employer a 2 minute Video CV instantly demonstrates that you are original, professional, and personable... You can link to it at top of a CV, send it off via email, or put it in the ‘additional comment’ section of an application form.


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    Make a list of between 5 and 10 things that you want to mention in the video! Use your written CV as a guide, but think outside of that as well. These could be trips you have been on, a specific story you want to tell, your A-Level results, a hobby etc... be creative!
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    Divide this list into three qualities that you want to demonstrate to the employer. Again, if you can't quite think of three, or want to add a forth... go ahead! Just try to think of qualities that honestly and best show you off. Use the list above to help spark some thoughts, but try to think outside the box.
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    Start building your PowerPoint.You should now have 2/3 points for each characteristic. Begin collecting pics of previous jobs/trips, logos/buildings of old companies... You may even find some old school snaps! try to set the photos to full screen on the PowerPoint and put as little writing on the slides as possible; you want them watching you!!
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    Have a think about timing. Having put your slides together you might have a better idea of what you want to talk about. Importantly you want to keep it snappy, preferably under 2 minutes; leave them wanting more. Have a look at your three sections, think about what you might want to say, and practice timing it. Importantly, if you find its too long, try not to speak faster, instead cut content!
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    Prepare yourself! Wear what you would do to an interview. try to find a good web cam and set it up so that its level with your head – you don’t want to talk down to them! Check what’s in the background of the shot – have a quick tidy!
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    Lights, Camera, Action! So now you should be ready to record! Take your time, be energetic, smile, and be passionate. Watch it back and if you’re not happy, re-record. The snip function even allows you to record in sections if you feel more comfortable that way.
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    Share, Impress, Enjoy!

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