When you’re doing anything you consider remotely courageous, you’ll get a butterfly feeling in your stomach. It’s exciting, nerve-wracking and emotionally draining all at the same time. It’s a rush, a buzz, an emotional rollercoaster.
When you’re camera shy, the last thing you want to think about is putting yourself on camera, especially for professional purposes. It’s scary, intimidating, and something you’d rather avoid.
Remember this though…
Anything courageous will give you butterflies in the pit of your stomach. That’s when you know you’re doing something worthwhile, so push past the awkwardness and as Nike like to say – Just Do It!
Take your time with your video CV, because you only get one first impression here. Your first take should never be uploaded. It’ll take a few shoots, so in preparation to ensure you get a good and powerful recording of your voice, in your best presentation, illustrating the most powerful points of your resume… use these:
3 Tricks to Amplify the Effectiveness of Your Video CV
- Plan your speech with a word count limit
Everyone speaks at a different pace, however, when you vary the speed you speak at, you can influence what people understand better from your presentation. If it’s nothing of note that can be skipped, speak faster at that part. Slow down at the vital parts of your CV that you need hiring managers to remember.
When you plan your speech aim to have no more than 375 words, that’s because the speed people are used to hearing and can understand is no more than 125 words per minute. Your Video CV shouldn’t last longer than three minutes, so a max word count of 375 words will take a maximum of three minutes for you to read.
Don’t recite it though. Just rehearse your speech.
- Introduce storytelling to be remembered for what you want people to remember you for
Stories are sticky in all forms. They’re far more engaging and that’s what you need. People are instinctively hooked when there’s a storyline because the brain needs a conclusion. If they don’t view the video until they find out what happened, they’ll be back to find out when they’ve more time. We all need an ending to every story we hear.
Most people who watch your video will remember just three things about you. Use storytelling to influence the three things you want to be remembered for.
In our earlier post titled “No Job Interviews Lined Up? Here’s How to Fix It”, we’d highlighted the video CV of Nick Belling, a software developer. In his video, he used storytelling to tell a few things that would’ve helped him be remembered for…
- Problem solving – Telling the story of some software programs he’d created for a school he worked at and why parents, and teachers found them beneficial.
- Has business acumen – Telling his story about being a founding member of Ngumba-Dal – a group of five schools he’d helped in a number of ways including delivering training seminars to all five participating schools, creating a style guide to maintain the brands integrity, and helping to define the branding and develop best practice policies.
- Prove his passion through the need to relocate to continue his line of work.
He achieved all of this in less than four minutes.
- Lose the monotone voice
To record a powerful and impactful video CV, you need to vary your pitch, pace, volume and intensity. Without the variation, you’ll be speaking in monotone, which will lose your listeners interest. People may close your video or mute you, if you don’t vary your voice.
Take a few shoots of your video and vary how you speak. Raise your voice, lift your pitch for the parts you want people to remember, speak faster at the bits they don’t need to remember, slow down at the important bits.
Keep plugging through a number of takes until you feel you have the engagement part nailed.
Concluding Action Points
Make sure your script is no more than 375 words and that when you’ve recorded it; it’s no longer than three minutes. Allow one minute for every 125 words. If it’s longer than that to get your points across, consider breaking your CV into a series, such as one for your personal introduction, another for your industry experience, and another about your interests.
Use stories to bring your CV to life. Recruiters watch video CVs to find out about the person’s personality traits, their effectiveness with communication, and to get a sense of their creativity. To prove all that you need engagement. Stories give your video the much-needed engagement factor.
Finally, take a few practice runs, varying your vocals at different parts to assess its overall impact. While the words you use have meaning, how you say it has even more meaning so vary your voice tone, pitch, intensity at certain parts and watch it back to see and hear how it impacts on delivery. You’ll notice it’ll get more powerful with each take. Keep practicing until you can see and hear your presentation taking on an exciting vibe that commands attention.