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Video CV (II)

(Video CV I)

Numerous examples of this innovative way of getting ourselves known in the labour market can be found on the Internet. However, we are now going to look at a few aspects that should be considered when creating your own video CV.

• You will need a video camera and an Internet connection.
• It should be no longer than two minutes.
• Squeezing information about extensive professional experience into such a short time can be difficult, so you should rehearse until you have the perfect result.
• Essential information to include:
-Personal details
-Contact details
-Education
-Professional experience and/or internships (summary)
-Skills / Abilities
-Foreign language skills
-Professional interests
• Clear, concise and convincing communication Try to sound natural.
• Non-verbal communication. Pay attention to your gestures, you can reinforce your arguments with hand movements, try to avoid a stiff posture in front of the camera…
• The recording should be made in a quiet place where no background noise can be heard.
• Correct lighting is essential to see the image properly. Rehearse as many times as necessary before starting to record your video CV.
• Editing. Several video editing tools are available, which are easy-to-use and can be downloaded for free from the Internet.
• Remember that you can not only upload your video CV to websites directly involved in video broadcasting activity (Google Video, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) or the social networks, but you can also send the corresponding link to those companies in which you might be interested in working.

María Corces
Human Resources ACCIONA

Video CV (I)

In such a complex, competitive and internationalised labour market as the one in which we live today, where companies receive CVs in quantities that can sometimes be 100 times greater than the number of vacancies they need to fill at any one time, it is particularly important to successfully stand out from the crowd in any process of actively seeking employment. Hence, presenting your CV in video format can be a sophisticated way of submitting your profile to the recruitment process.

A video CV is nothing more than a video presentation in which a candidate talks about themselves, their professional career, their skills and abilities, and their professional achievements and interests. In essence, it is a kind of “promotional video” about yourself.

While the United States pioneered this type of initiative, it is increasingly more common to see European jobseekers upload their video CVs to websites directly related to video broadcasting activity (Google Video, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.) or the social networks (e.g. LinkedIn), giving themselves the option to send the corresponding link to those companies in which they are interested in working.
Numerous examples of this innovative way of getting ourselves known in the labour market can be found on YouTube.

 

María Corces
Human Resources – ACCIONA