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How to make a great video CV

26th April 2018

How to make a great video CV

Getting in front of the camera can be nerve-wracking. But it’s a great way to show off your dazzling personality in just a few seconds, and people who use video CVs increase their chances of being hired by 30%! Here are some expert tips for making one.


1. Prepare

If you can step in front of a camera and make a flawless video in just one take, we salute you. But not many of us are that lucky. A good bit of preparation beforehand should allow you to relax, be concise and avoid any umms and ahhs. We suggest writing a few bullet points reminding you of any key points to stick to as opposed to writing a full script. But everyone’s different, so just prepare in a way that feels natural to you.

2. Dress the part

Dressing formally gets you in a professional state of mind, so we suggest dressing in the same type of clothes you’d wear to an interview. We know it’s tempting to stay in your PJ bottoms, but trust us on this one.

3. Keep it short and sweet

If you’re using Hotedin to find your next job, you won’t have much of a choice on this one, as we only allow video CVs of up to 60 seconds. There is a reason for that! People are busy, and no matter how interesting you are, they probably don’t have time to sit through various long videos about each of their candidates. Keep it short by getting to the point quickly.

4. Check your surroundings

Don’t record it on the bus. Don’t record it in the loo. In fact, don’t record it anywhere where there may be distractions such as loud noises, other people or pesky pets who are craving your attention. Aim for a quiet space with a plain background.

5. Check your sound and audio

Don’t forget to check your video CV before you upload it. There’s nothing more awkward than thinking you nailed it in the first take, only to find your microphone was off. Ooops.

6. Take it slow

When we’re nervous, we tend to talk fast. The good thing about a video CV is that you can watch it back and re-take. We suggest showing the video to a friend before submitting it to make sure you’re clear and easy to understand.

7. Be relevant

Look at the role you’re applying for and only mention relevant experience and skills. If you’re applying for a job as a hotel general manager, the recruiter probably doesn’t need to know about that lifeguard job you had in your gap year.

8. Don’t be a robot

Don’t just read your CV out loud. This is your opportunity to let your personality shine through. Use it! As we mentioned before, have an idea of what you’re going to say but try not to make it sound like you’re reading straight off of a script.

9. Be yourself

Companies want to hire people for their personalities, especially in the hospitality industry. Let your true personality shine through and remember, you’ve got this.

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