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How to create a compelling digital CV

If you’re looking for a way to stand out among the competition and make an impression as a great job candidate, then video content is a great way to go. 

The standard text-based CV is terribly last millennium. It’s designed for at-a-glance filtering of candidates, and is inherently limited in scope and communicative capacity. While it has its place as part of the default job application cycle, you need something that will communicate your true benefit and capabilities in a way that gets the people you want to work with excited about bringing you onto the team. 

Whether you work in a creative industry or not, professional multimedia CVs open up a world of opportunities. Use them to give a better idea of who you are, your past triumphs and achievements, your qualifications, and your goals and passions. Start thinking outside the confines of a limited piece of paper. You can create multiple videos for different purposes and collect them in an online CV that illustrates various characteristics, or a single polished presentation that presents a contained and considered snapshot of your value. 

Of course, creating an online CV is all about presenting a professional version of yourself for the purpose of accessing the most desirable opportunities, so you need to keep it polished. If you don’t specialise in media design, then this might sound daunting, but today’s tools actually make it more achievable than you think. Just use an online animator right in your browser to build your ideal digital CV in a simple interface. 

Creating digital and multimedia content used to require serious computing power, exorbitantly expensive specialist technology, and expert skills. That’s no longer the case. User-friendly online video programs allow you to put together presentations from engaging shorts to complex, multi-segment extended videos. 

Creating an online animation for your digital CV generally produces better results than other video formats. Capturing live video of yourself, while also simplified by modern technology, presents various challenges such as lighting, audio quality and self-presentation. 

While it can be a nice way for prospective employers to get a feel for you as a person, live video can also encourage negative first impressions, discrimination and unfair assumptions if you aren’t comfortable, natural, engaging and interesting on video – which most of us aren’t. It runs the risk of getting boring if your digital CV is just a talking head detailing your many accomplishments. 

Animated video encourages creativity and fast-paced content. You can illustrate what you’re talking about with specific examples and make the viewing experience more interesting at the same time. Good online animation tools also make it easier to look polished and professional from the start. Display professional skills in an engaging way to prospective employers, tell a story, and make them excited to bring you onto their team. 

Creating a digital CV in 2018 doesn’t have to be unduly challenging, and it’s a great way to stand out from the competition and change the power dynamic in a hiring situation. Instead of approaching employers from a position of need and request, create something that will have them coming to you with the ask.

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