Catch the employer's eye

Video CVs are increasing in popularity so it's important to make yours stand out. View our tips on how to create a successful video CV below.

A video CV is used to supplement a written application and it showcases your experience and skills as well as your personality.

Video CVs are normally:

  • between one and three minutes long
  • used to apply for roles in sectors such as advertising, creative arts, marketing, media, PR and sales
  • expected to showcase your creativity and personality as well as your communication and technological skills.

Structure

A video CV is commonly structured in the following way:

  1. Introduction: introduce yourself, explain why you created the video and what makes you the right person for the job.
  2. Middle: present your skills and experience that are relevant for this particular job. Provide examples of your work and make sure to use audiovisual support.
  3. End: summarise what you have mentioned and reiterate why you are right for the role. Thank them for watching and include contact details.

Formats

There are several ways in which you can make your video.

Some of these are:

  • Project showcase
  • Mock interview
  • Narrated timeline including experience and achievements

Tips

When creating your video CV, make sure to:

  • use a quality camera (it can be the one on your smartphone)
  • check the audio quality is good
  • use different shots and camera angles
  • have appropriate lighting
  • do as many takes as possible and take the time to edit properly
  • add visual effects (text or images on screen)
  • upload it on a platform (YouTube, Vimeo) and check the privacy settings (make the video available for people with the link; don't make it public).