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29 July, 2020 9 min read

how to record a video cv

Have you jumped the hurdle of why do I need a video CV or pitch and are ready to record? Take a quick read of these tips to help you get started. If watching a video of yourself makes you cover your eyes like you’re watching a scary movie, then take a look at the practical tips to help you make a video that doesn’t suck! 

Your video pitch - It's all about what you say

WRITE IT DOWN. Every word of what you want to say on your video - WRITE IT DOWN. 

But ‘it’s a video, why do I have to write something’ I hear you say… Creating yourself a script for your personal video pitch will keep you on track and help organise your thoughts. Do you want to create a professional or personality version of your video profile.  What’s the difference I hear you ask!

A professional version of a video pitch might be something not listed on your traditional CV that you want to bring to life.

  • Did you have an unusual job early in your career that taught you perseverance and teamwork? 
  • Was there a job where you had to adapt quickly to a changing environment?

Share a short anecdote to demonstrate your skills and make a connection with potential employers.

Once you have written what you want to say, time yourself reading it out loud.  If it’s longer than 60 seconds review and edit your script.

Let your personality shine but keep it professional. Most people aren’t naturally comfortable in front of a camera so rehearsing a few times is a good way to make you feel less awkward when you do record your video pitch. It shouldn’t be a full length movie. Be clear and concise to get your message across.

Recording your video profile

Now that you have aced your video CV script and rehearsed, it’s time to record it. With the ZOOM and video conferencing reliance over the past few months, you may have become a video expert but just in case you still have ‘technical issues’ at the start of every meeting, here are a few tips. 

Expensive or fancy equipment is not required for filming your video CV. If you have a fairly modern smartphone, laptop or computer with camera then that should do the trick. Do a quick check of your device before you start filming. 

  • Is the device recording sound? If you regularly use headphones or plug in an external screen to a laptop you might need to check your default settings for the microphone.
  • The camera lens is clean and free of cracks. Gently wipe with a soft cloth or specific lens cleaner wipe if you are looking a bit smudgy.
  • You can find the recordings once you have made them. (It might sound obvious but sometimes files do like to hide!)

Location, location, location

The location you shoot your video CV is important. And when I say location, I don’t mean sandy white beaches or scenic cliff tops (unless you are a tour guide then these locations would make total sense). The location I mean is much closer to home, in fact it should be at home or somewhere that is free from distractions. 

  • Choose a room with minimal background noise. A laundry with both the washing machine and dryer going is probably not the right place. I live right next to a train line so I timed my filming between trains.
  • Check your lighting. Either face a window so you have some light on your face or position a lamp so that you have a favourable side light. If you do want to splash out on some new gear there are clip on lights for smartphones and laptops available. 
  • Be conscious of your background. An enormous cat tower might not be the professional backdrop to go for. A tidy space or plain background is often a safe bet for a video CV.
  • Whatever room you choose, positioning your camera at the right angle is important. A pile of books or boxes can help to position your smartphone at a favourable height if you don’t have a tripod or height adjustable desk. Make sure the base is stable and secure! Another option is to get a friend to record it for you.

Lights, camera, action

OK so this is not a Hollywood production, but it will be worth rehearsing to make sure you get a great video when you do hit record. After you have recorded, take a quick look to see if there are any details which might be distracting.

  • Has your hair fallen into your face too many times?
  • Have you got something stuck in your teeth?
  • Did your dog play roly poly behind you throughout the recording?
  • Is there an annoying fly circling the room?

The whole point of this video profile is to ensure that potential employers learn a bit about you, so you don’t want your super cute puppy stealing the show.

How to share your video profile

I am sure your mum would love to see it via email but if you want to reach a wider audience of potential employers then consider these options.

  • Build your own website and pop your video on there.
  • Put it on your social channels, just remember if you share your social profiles with an potential employer they may be able to see all your other activity on that social channel as well.
  • Create your free nextmile profile and we provide all the tools for you to easily record your video and include it as part of your profile.  

Whilst video profiles or CV’s aren’t a brand new invention, the ability to share this to a wider audience in the context of a professional job seeking profile is something that the nextmile founder Josh Snow, felt was important. Here’s what Josh had to say,

“A traditional CV lists out important things like work history and education, but it does a pretty poor job of showcasing your soft skills and personality. Simply stating you have great communication skills doesn’t carry a lot of weight when everyone says the same thing! I want to help people connect with a hiring manager even before the first conversation, that’s why we put the option to include a video in your nextmile profile. I hope it gets people closer to finding their next job.”

 

Create your nextmile profile and record your video profile!