Take Centre Stage With Video CVs


People looking for employment are becoming more innovative and original with their CVs, some of which are even turning to video to keep one step ahead of the competition. We always encourage our key candidates to create video CVs but it’s understandable that they don’t always know where to start.

Keep these tips in mind when you start filming your next video CV.

Stay Professional

In the exact same way you write your regular CV, your video needs to be specifically filmed with the employer and their business in mind. Treat your video CV as if you’re in the room with the employer and remember the following:

  • Wear the appropriate attire
  • Film in a clean, well lit area – a cluttered background is distracting and unprofessional
  • Speak clearly
  • Be confident and relax

All of these as well as your body language will project an image of yourself and how you’d behave in the workplace.

The beauty of video CVs is that if you’re not happy with how it comes out, you can film, review and retake as much as you like until you’re happy. Remember, you’ve only got at most 3 minutes to impress employers so make the most of it!

Don’t Just Read Your CV

You need to catch the employer’s attention in the first few seconds of the video and then keep them interested throughout. So don’t just read your CV – be creative with it!

Express with enthusiasm why you’re the best candidate for the job and what skills, experiences or interests you have that back up your point. You can even plan what you’re going to discuss beforehand but we’d recommend that you don’t read from a script whilst filming.

Again, all of this is dependent on the sector you’re looking to work in so make sure you’ve done your research.


At Key, we strive to innovate the way the recruitment sector operates and will continue to provide candidates with the help and support they need whilst job searching. So if you’d like to get on the career ladder, join us as one of our key candidates today!


Published about 1 year ago by Mary Hendry