Putting together a CV, while absolutely vital to securing any job, is often a long, laborious process. Deciding what to include and exclude is difficult: the week-long, Year 10 internship? The stint at Macca’s? The credit average at uni?

All too often, CVs can read incredibly dryly. If you’ve read one, you’ve pretty much read them all. Spare a thought for those poor HR managers tasked with leafing through resumé upon resumé in search of something promising.

For those of us seeking employment, then, the difficulty lies in producing a CV that is at once attention-grabbing, entertaining, informative, and accurate. It’s a tough prospect, given the limiting structures, templates, and scaffolds that most professional, text-based CVs follow. Text-based communication – especially when it’s tied to such a specific format and purpose – can be quite impersonal, and even cold. Never mind the additional difficulty if writing isn’t your forté!

Having said this, other means of contacting prospective employers with your vision and credentials are rising to the fore. Options like LinkedIn have become increasingly efficient in connecting people who work within any given industry, through ‘connections’ and ‘endorsements’. Even services like Twitter offer an opportunity for individuals to ‘cold-call’ role models and potential employers, inquiring about job openings and general advice.

For those looking for more creative, personal avenues to communicate your achievements and skills, video CVs are becoming a popular option. Videos allow employers to put a face to your name, and will help you to stand out from the yellowing stack of paper on the HR manager’s desk. Corporate video production services in Sydney can work with your vision to produce an impressive, professional-standard video CV, demonstrating confidence and initiative to prospective employers.video-cv-barney

The beauty of a video CV is that it can be passed around with great ease. Uploading it to YouTube, and promoting it via Twitter, means that your expertise and qualifications could potentially be broadcast to hundreds – even thousands – of people around the world.

Of course, there are a few pitfalls to avoid. As proven by How I Met Your Mother‘s Barney Stinson, whose self-produced video CV clearly misses the mark. Self-production is also probably best avoided – getting a second, third, or fourth opinion will help to ensure that your video CV manages to straddle professionalism and fun, without tipping too far one way or another. Services like www.scopeproductions.com.au know just what corporate employers are after, given their liaisons with corporate clients through both video event management services in Sydney.

So shut down that Word doc, start drafting your screen debut, and reach out to a production company: you could be the start of your very own film.

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