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Video CV

Video CV

Code: COM8HH005
Extent: 1 credit (27 h)
Timing: Semesters 1–7
Level: Free-choice Studies
Type: Free-choice Studies
Language: English


No prerequisites. There is no enrollment on the course. The students may send their completed learning task to the instructor any time during the academic year, preferably three weeks before the desired registration of the grade.

Learning objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the students are able to:

  • Make a video CV to be able to effectively evaluate their presentation skills and nonverbal behavior

Course Contents

Students study the various sources about how to build and enhance a useful professional video CV on their own. The instructions and assessment criteria will contribute to guiding the study and the learning task. The instructor will assess the final outcome.

Cooperation with the business community

It is recommended that the student gather feedback from peers in the business community before submitting the task to the instructor.

International dimension

The language of the video CV is English and the video CV must be designed for an international audience.

Teaching and learning methods

Independent learning task. There is no tuition, and the learning task may be completed any time during the academic year. See the instructions below.

Recognition of prior learning RPL

The student may present their existing video CV with possible modifi­cations.

Teachers responsible

Matti Helelä

Course materials

Internet sources
Other sources

Assessment criteria

The course is graded on the scale of 1–5 using the criteria in the assessment matrix below.

Modes of assessment and their weights

Video CV 100%

Learning task


A video CV (video résumé) is presentation of oneself in video format. It is meant to be more free-form than a written CV in that the language should not be overly scripted and the style of speaking should be relaxed and rather informal.

On the one hand, there is growing popularity in video CVs due to the easy availability of technology to make high quality videos. On the other hand, they are not yet as popular as one might expect, because video CVs might serve to facilitate racial, ethnic, class-based and age discrimination. Nonetheless, even if not used in the application process, videotaping oneself for self-evaluation is always a true learning experience of one’s verbal and nonverbal communicative style.

The main purpose of this learning task is not to create a video CV that you might use in a job application process. Instead, its purpose is to serve as a resource for you to reflect upon and evaluate your verbal and nonverbal communication skills. That said, you should still aim to make a video of yourself whose content would be appropriate for a job application.


  • Do some research on the Internet about making a video CV (video résumé). One source to check is YouTube. For example, if you enter the key words: Brian Krueger, video resume, three common video resume errors, the video resume close, video resume etiquette, you will come across some good advice for preparation of your own video CV.
  • Watch your own video several times and write your own self-assessment paying attention to the criteria in the assessment matrix below.
  • Gather feedback about your video CV from your peers to improve it before submitting your work to the instructor.
  • Send a notification of your completed task to the instructor by email as follows:
  • From your official school email with your real name.
  • To
  • Write myvideocv in the subject field. Otherwise your email will not be received.
  • Include a link to your video CV or attach your video CV as a file.
  • If you upload your video in YouTube, you may use a password to keep it private.
  • Include a brief text of how you assess your own work using the three criteria in the assessment matrix below.
  • Mention your degree programme in your email.
  • Remember to include your student number in your email.
    • Answer the possible questions that the instructor may ask you by email.


Advice and tips for making a good video CV (provided by students who have already made one)

  • Remember that there are different types of formats you can use, so you do not have to be limited by lack of high-end professional equipment.
  • For example, use still photos of yourself and animate them with music in the background.
    • Write out a script beforehand so that you know what you are going to say and in what order.
    • You can add text to the video:
  • For example, your name, your email address or even make “headers” so that the viewer can see what areas you are covering as you speak, such as skills, education, and work experience.
    • Say your name in the beginning, but also at the end so that viewers will remember you.
    • Practice in front of a mirror before filming so that you can get an idea of how you present yourself.
    • Pay attention to the choice of background you use. A single colour background with contrasting clothing can make a good impression. Other backgrounds can be used, but check to see that they do not steal the show from you.
    • Think about lighting so that your face and expressions are clearly visible without strong shadows.
    • Pay attention to framing, that is, what can be seen in the picture frame. You might unknowingly cut off the top of your head in the frame, or be too much on one side of the frame. If you are not comfortable with gestures, you might want to leave them out of the frame.
    • Target your clothing or other content of the video CV to the job you are applying for. In short, there is no one correct or right way of doing it.
    • For the script, you could investigate the company and customize it to match a specific job you are seeking. Also remember to include specific examples of your practical experience, if you have some worth sharing.

Assessment matrix


Assessment Criteria



Verbal expression

Non-verbal expression


You present your skills, education, work experience and/or career aspiration very clearly and professionally. The big picture is very clear and very well structured. You use keywords very wisely. Very creative content.

Correct, very fluent, very clear and very creative language. Rich and accurate vocabulary. You emphasize the keywords and use pitch variation very well to make listening to your speech very pleasant.


Excellent and appealing body language and contact with the audience. Very convincing self-confidence. Very pleasant or creative appearance. Very good choice of the background. Very good use of the camera, very well framed.



You present your skills, education, work experience and/or career aspiration clearly and professionally. The big picture is clear and well structured. You use keywords clearly and professionally. Creative content.

Correct, fluent, clear and pleasant language. Versatile and accurate vocabulary. You emphasize the keywords and use pitch variation to make listening to your speech pleasant.

Well controlled body language and contact with the audience. Very good self-confidence. Pleasant appearance. Good choice of the background. Good use of the camera, well framed.


You present your skills, education, work experience and/or career aspiration mostly clearly. The big picture is mostly clear.

Mostly correct, fluent and clear language. You use important keywords and make it easy to listen to your speech.

Mostly fluent body language and contact with the audience. Positive self-confidence. Positive appearance. Mostly good use of the camera, rather well framed.


You provide relevant but scattered information. The big picture is partly unclear and unbalanced.

Understandable and mostly clear language, or often incorrect language. Monotonous speech or your speech does not flow well. General vocabulary.

Some body language and contact with the audience. Somewhat low self-confidence. Somewhat poor choice of the background, or modest use of the camera, poorly framed.


You provide partly relevant information but the big picture is unclear. The profile is not appealing.

Your language is under­standable although incorrect or not fluent. Often unclear or very monotonous speech. The listener has to make an effort to catch your message.

Hardly any body language or minimum eye contact. Low self-confidence. Poor choice of the background, or poor use of the camera, poorly framed.


Your profile does not serve the purpose.

Your language is unclear and mostly difficult to understand. Poor vocabulary or inaccurate use of words.

Unprofessional appearance.

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.