Video Job Application Tips

Some organisations or jobs might request you to submit a video application, or you might decide to break the mould and create a video application of you own.

Here’s some information that you may find useful:

Be prepared

Do your research and write a “script” of what you’d like to say.

 

Practise

Your video will have most impact if you look confident and natural. Which is going to require practise (the good news is each time you do it, it will feel less alien and cringey).

Ask someone else to listen to you or watch your pre-recordings for tips on how you could come across more professionally and at ease.

 

Get creative

Don’t just read your resume out line by line – you’ll probably be submitting that along with your video anyway. This is your chance to really showcase your personality and talk in a bit more detail about your strengths.

 

Have the technical side organised

Decide how you’ll record the video and make sure you know how everything works and that it’s all charged and ready to go.

Know how to edit and submit your video file. Double check the size and length of the video and make sure your email will send the file OK.

Ask for help if you need it from family, friends, or your school IT teacher.

 

Scout the best location

Choose a quiet, clean, location with a neutral background which looks professional (no piles of laundry or dirty dishes in the background). Good lighting is important, as is a location where you can shut out any unwanted interruptions (siblings, pets, etc).

 

Look the part

Treat this like an interview as well as an application. First impressions do count, so make sure you look professional, well groomed and smart (even if you have trackie pants and thongs on under the desk).

 

Things to include

Start with a greeting and a brief introduction about yourself – include your name and the job you’re applying for.

Go on to provide a brief, clear summary of yours qualification, skills, and experience. Explain why you’re interested in the role and why you’ll be a great fit for the role.

Let them know about any relevant achievements, share a few hobbies or interests that could connect with the job or organisation.

Keep it brief and stick to any stated time limit. Be confident and enthusiastic, check your posture and body language, smile and be friendly (but avoid being overly casual or using slang).

 

Get more help with getting a job

Find out how to get prepared for the world of work, get tips on finding opportunities, acing interviews and more, in the Getting a Job Guide.

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