Using video to support your CV is becoming increasingly popular. It’s a great way to stand out from the crowd and impress prospective employers and whilst video might not ever replace the traditional CV, people are intrigued by video. Companies that are hiring want to see the face of the person they are considering for a job, so here’s how to use it to your advantage and use video to support your CV…
So, why use video to support your CV?
60% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, which is why we believe that whilst CVs are great for information, with video you get the bigger picture. Visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text and while a picture might be worth a thousand words, a video is worth 1.8 million. Body language and verbal tone play a huge role in conveying a message and creates more interest with a viewer, much in the same way it would face to face.
Video creates room for context and understanding with 89% of employers stating they would rather watch a video resume than read a CV.
- Create a great first impression, you can do as many takes as you want!
- Showcase your personality
- Display your communication skills
- Talk in-depth about your experience
- Explain a portfolio, project or design work
- Show your enthusiasm for a role
- Stand out from other candidates
- Cut out travel to first stage interviews
How we use video at Hanover
For all the roles we recruit for, we offer our candidates the opportunity to do a video with one of our consultants. The consultant will arrange a time that suits you and send you a link to the video platform along with a list of questions that the hiring company is looking for answers to. This will give you a clear idea of what information to cover in your video.
You can then have a chat with the consultant who will prepare you before the video starts recording. It’s a casual conversation on your background, skills and why you think you’re right for the job. Your consultant can also offer prompts so you can cover all the points you want to talk about. It’s a relaxed and friendly way to pitch your suitability to employers and you can do as many takes as you like!
Tips for a great video
Test your equipment
The last thing you want is a technological meltdown midway through your video. Test out your laptop and webcam and the tech you’re using for the video or video call. Make sure your software is up to date, assess the sound and picture quality and try calling a friend to ensure that they can see and hear you properly.
Pick a good location
You won’t be the only thing on screen during your video, think about your background. Set up your laptop in an area with good light, minimal clutter and a neutral background. You want to make a good impression and the viewer will subconsciously judge your surroundings. Set the camera at the right angle, it should be at eye level so you’re not bearing down on your viewer. Stack books under your laptop until the webcam is at the right height, it makes all the difference! Lastly, ensure you’re somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed.
Do Your homework
If this is a video interview or you are pitching to a company, you’ll need to prepare in the same way as you would for a face to face interview. Thoroughly research the company you’re interviewing with, have a copy of your CV to hand and also have a few notes. However, don’t read your notes out like a script as it looks awkward and unnatural. It’s better just to have few bullet points to refer to just off screen.
The Dress Rehearsal
Do make time for a dress rehearsal! Wear what you think is appropriate for the company you want to work with, set everything up in the way you would for the real event and contact a friend to make sure it looks and sounds okay. If you’re happy with all the elements then you’re ready for the real deal!
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