If you want to stand out in 2022, you need to find a new way to showcase your skills. In creative industries such as live events, the classic CV format might not always make the cut. Instead of relying on a portfolio, you could explore video as a way to show who you are, what you can do, and why you’d be perfect for a particular role.
Video resumes are popular with employers because they offer a three-dimensional view of who you are and what you can do. It’s also far easier to absorb the contents of a video than it is to extract the information from a written CV.
While they might be more creative, video CVs are not without their risks. For example, if you don’t have the technical skills to make something show-stopping, you could end up delivering something that hurts your chances.
And some employers will still request a written CV, so you might put a lot of time and effort into creating something that is still secondary to a piece of paper. Before going ahead with creating your video CV, make sure you are aware of the benefits and limitations of the format.
What is a video resume?
A video resume is an audio-visual representation of who you are and what you do. If a picture is worth 1000 words, then a video is priceless. A video CV doesn’t have to follow the same format as a written CV and you can be far more creative in your delivery.
If you’re working in the events sector, then including footage of events you have staged and testimonials from attendees is a great way to highlight your skillset.
Since the video CV is still a relatively new format, you’re free to bend the rules a little when it comes to scripting and producing your video. You could simply talk to the camera, documentary-style, or you could include a montage of footage and a voiceover. The possibilities for creative video CVs are endless.
Who should consider a video resume?
Almost everyone can shoot and edit high-quality video, thanks to the smartphones we carry in our pockets. You don’t have to invest in high tech equipment to achieve great results. Anyone keen to stand out from the crowd should consider shooting a video CV in 2022.
Examples of video resumes
The following are some great examples of video resumes to give you an idea of the type of content you could produce. As you will see, they are all incredibly different, and they are all highly effective for communicating something unique about the individual.
This video CV is a great example of creativity in action. The candidate uses humour to get across his personality, but he’s also not afraid to get into the nitty-gritty. It is very well produced and delivers a high-quality finish.
If you would prefer to keep things simple, this video CV is a perfect example. Talking directly into the camera and making use of props and secondary footage is very effective in this case.
This cinematic CV is perfect for demonstrating the skills of this cinematographer. If you’re hoping to show off your technical and creative skills, using your video CV to achieve this is a great idea.
This stop motion CV is a great example of creativity in action. It is unique in its approach, and perfect if you’d rather not be the focus on the video. While Mailys features in the video, she doesn’t provide a voiceover or face the camera directly, but we do get to see a photo of her in the beginning.
This slick video CV could easily be presented as a PowerPoint, but the use of background music and the video introduction helps to bring personality and warmth to the production. It provides a blend of personal and professional information to help give a well-rounded impression of the individual.
This video CV was crafted specifically to get the attention of one employer, which is a bold move. Mounia speaks directly to the camera to share her passion for all things publishing.
What to include in your video resume
Since the video resume is still quite new, it’s difficult to say what needs to be included and what you should leave out. There are a few guidelines you could consider to help keep your video CV on track and to the point.
Keep it short, ideally around the two-minute mark. Just as no one wants to read a CV that is four pages of single-spaced text, no one wants to watch your 15-minute video CV outlining every step in your career. Think of this as the highlight reel.
Make use of subtitles. If you are talking about key aspects of your career like your education or experience, don’t rely on audio. Use subtitles or visual representations so that no information is lost.
Make it personal. If you aren’t confident speaking into the camera, consider recording a voiceover. And if you aren’t confident with this, make sure you include yourself in some way. Relying on stock footage and not including any images or videos of yourself could lead the video CV to appear quite impersonal.
Keep it professional. It might be a more creative way to express your personality, but it is still a professional production. Make sure you keep this in mind while you plan the content. You want to express your personality – like in the examples above – but this shouldn’t take priority over the core message. And the core message should always be about your experience and skills.
Upload it somewhere accessible. Sending large video files will never be popular and many corporate email accounts will simply divert large attachments to the spam folder. Upload it somewhere accessible like YouTube so that you can easily share it.