The European labor market is constantly changing, but that won’t make it any easier to find employment. With all the new technologies that are becoming current, applicants are getting more and more competitive. Put an edge on your resume, and start incorporating some of these new technologies before you even start on the job!

Video Resumee is the future

We’ve seen it already used for entertainment and educational purposes, but why not use it for work as well? Video and video chat is a quick and effective way of communicating information over long distances. Adecco, a leading human resources company, gives some tips on how to set up your video-CV.

1. Make sure the background is appropriate; either a blank wall or maybe an office environment. The important thing is that the background is neat and tidy, and does not distract from the focus of the video: you!

2. Use a camera of suitable quality. It doesn’t have to be professional equipment, but don’t use something as low-quality as a cell phone camera or a low resolution webcam.

3. Prepare what you want to say beforehand so as to make sure your presentation goes smoothly and you don’t forget to mention any important information.

4. Include all necessary information in text to avoid misunderstanding: your full name and contact information, the position applied for, etc. This can be edited into the video or included with it on a typed sheet of paper.

5. Don’t forget to include specific information about past work experience and exceptional skills! If you speak another language, a video-CV is your chance to demonstrate oral proficiency.

6. Dress for the job! Make sure your physical presentation is as neat and tidy as the background of your video so as to appear professional and prepared.

7. Remember: the focus of the video is you. Try not to include external elements such as music or clips from other videos that might distract the employer from your actual credentials.

8. Keep it short. A written CV should not be longer than 2 full pages, nor should a video-CV be longer than 2 full minutes. Otherwise, you risk losing the attention of the employer.

9. Once your video is done, make sure to put it online! Videos are large files and can complicate the process of sending it via email. Instead, include a link to your video in the body of the email.

10. Don’t stop at a video-CV! Videos and Video-calling technology can also be used to facilitate interviews. Offer in your video-CV to set a date for a video call if you don’t live near the company you’re applying to.