Video Editor CV: Example & How to Write (+Template & Tips)

How to write a video editor CV? Check out our video editor CV example, personal statement writing tips, and ways to stand out from the pile of video editor CVs.

You are the best friend of unlucky and incompetent videographers. You can save the most grainy of images, and splice shots together to create magic on the screen. Whether you are editing for TV, or gameplay walkthroughs for Minecraft gamers, you’re going to need a CV at some point.

 

Writing a video editor CV can be tricky, as it requires you to focus on facts and convincing with words, not images. It is not about the subjective art of video, it is about the results you can put out, how much you can edit, in what software, and how quickly.

 

Your showreel and portfolio are surely ready, so let’s get this last scene over with. Here’s a video editor CV example you can copy and use.

 

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Nathan Pratt

94 Wood Lane

Bagstone

GL12 0EP

077 1881 6108

nathanpratt@armyspy.com

vimeo.com/prattnath

 

Personal Statement 

 

Dependable freelance video editor with 5+ years of agency and freelance work including TV programmes, social media video, advertisements, corporate videos, presentations and more. Over £100k billed on Upwork with 100% project completion and 4.85 customer rating for freelance projects. Experience of managing, optimising and training a team of 4 while editing the “Upton Abbey” series for Cornerstone Productions, later sold to BBC for 2 seasons. Seeking steady and organised TV work to further develop my skills and face new challenges.

 

Work Experience

 

Video Editor 

Cornerstone Productions, London

April 2017—Present

  • Chief Editor for “Upton Abbey”, managing a team of 2 trainees for the pilot, who became full-time employees after Season 1 was picked up, and were joined by another professional.
  • Oversaw the editing direction and completed over 35% of editing tasks for Seasons 1 & 2 of “Upton Abbey”, editing 450 hours of raw footage into 36 episodes of 1 hour each.
  • Consistently completing 25-50 hours of editing per week as per project demands.
  • Renegotiated with existing music and stock vendors as well as finding new ones, saving 8% annually.
  • Created a new system of cataloguing B-Roll that eliminated 2+ hours of time spent searching per week.
  • Sole editor on over 80 commercial projects from corporate videos for Nokia to global advertisements for GAP.
  • Managed the training of two fresh-out-of-school trainees into full-time independent editors on major projects.

 

Freelance Video Editor 

Pratt Video Ltd, Director

August 2014—Present

  • 300+ freelance projects totalling £100k billed on Upwork with 100% project completion and 4.85 customer rating.
  • Retaining positive relationships with several UK production houses, allowing for steady exchange of information and professional contacts.
  • Built a network of international subcontractors to assist on projects at very competitive rates.

 

Education

 

(2.1) BA Editing and Post Production, June 2014

Ravensbourne University London, London, UK

 

Skills

 

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • HitFilm Pro
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Blender

 

Awards

 

  • 1st Place (£5000) — 2017 Creative Europe “Creative Video” competition

 

Languages 

 

  • Arabic (beginner)
  • Dutch (Intermediate)
  • German (Intermediate)

 

That’s the storyboard for a video editing CV. Now here’s a scene list to write your own CV:

 

1. Write a video editor CV personal statement

 

The showreel will expose your skills fully to the trained eye. But the first person who will probably be checking your CV will be a recruiter, not an artist. So your video editor CV should show that you are dependable, hardworking, and consistent—as well as skilled and artistic. The personal statement is the trailer, a short, punchy piece that communicates a couple main points across. 

 

To write a striking personal statement, answer the following questions in one sentence each:

 

  1. Who are you, what’s your experience?
  2. What type of projects are you experienced in delivering?
  3. What’s your most impressive achievement?
  4. What’s your second most impressive achievement?
  5. What are you hoping to do in the new position?

 

Just like the trailer, it comes together much easier once the full film is ready, so leave it until last (and that's why it's also called a CV summary).

 

Video editor CV personal statement

 

Dependable freelance video editor with 5+ years of agency and freelance work including TV programmes, social media video, advertisements, corporate videos, presentations and more. Over £100k billed on Upwork with 100% project completion and 4.85 customer rating for freelance projects. Experience of managing, optimising and training a team of 4 while editing the “Upton Abbey” series for Cornerstone Productions, later sold to BBC for 2 seasons. Seeking steady and organised TV work to further develop my skills and face new challenges.

 

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2. Write your video editor CV job description

 

If the personal statement is the trailer, the CV job description is the compilation of best scenes. Focus on your achievements, major projects, and figures that show that you are a consistent, dependable editor that delivers under pressure.

 

Show a wide range of organisational, management and business skills. You don’t need to describe every single medium and project you did. Use the PAR (Problem-Action-Result) formula to help you out.

 

If you have several impressive projects, you could add ‘Key Projects’ under each position or go for a functional CV format (also called a skills-based format).

 

List 3 to 7 bullet points for your most relevant position, and rank them in order of significance under such a heading:

 

[Job Title]

[Company Name, Location]

[Dates of Employment]

 

For older positions, stick to 3 bullet points. 

 

Video editor CV work experience section 

 

Work Experience

 

Video Editor 

Cornerstone Productions, London

April 2017—Present

  • Chief Editor for “Upton Abbey”, managing a team of 2 trainees for the pilot, who became full-time employees after Season 1 was picked up, and were joined by another professional.
  • Oversaw the editing direction and completed over 35% of editing tasks for Seasons 1 & 2 of “Upton Abbey”, editing 450 hours of raw footage into 36 episodes of 1 hour each.
  • Consistently completing 25-50 hours of editing per week as per project demands.
  • Renegotiated with existing music and stock vendors as well as finding new ones, saving 8% annually.
  • Created a new system of cataloging B-Roll that eliminated 2+ hours of time spent searching per week.
  • Sole editor on over 80 commercial projects from corporate videos for Nokia to global advertisements for GAP.
  • Managed the training of two fresh-out-of-school trainees into full-time independent editors on major projects.

 

3. Splice in a freeze-frame of your education

 

If you don’t have any glossy productions on your Vimeo yet, you could elaborate on your formal education and the projects you have done as part of it. Of course, there are many self-starters in the business that have done perfectly well without degrees.

 

After you have recognisable commercial experience, your education will matter less and less. Once you have a big enough portfolio, nobody will bat an eye at it. Record your degree in the following way: 

 

[Degree Class][Degree Name](Year Graduated)

[University Name]

 

If you are a self-starter finding it hard to get commercial work, you could expand your knowledge and understanding with a Level 3 UAL Diploma in Creative Media Production. This will equip you for progressing to degree study or commercial work.

 

Video editing CV education section

 

Education

 

(2.1) BA Editing and Post Production, June 2014

Ravensbourne University London, London, UK

 

4. List your relevant video editing skills

 

Listing all the software you routinely work with in your job description can make it very blocky and hard to read. Instead, pick the top five tools you use, and list them in a skills section. Everyone can see your showreel and what you can do, this is just telling them how you do it.

 

Treat the skills section as the credits of your masterpiece. Just a mention so that their Applicant Tracking System can find the keywords, and so that they know whether they will need to train you, or provide different tools. 

 

Video editor CV skills 

 

Skills

 

  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC
  • HitFilm Pro
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Blender

 

5. Add additional sections to your video editor CV

 

More credits. The lower down you go, the lower the chance somebody will read these additional sections. Therefore, if you have won any awards or competitions, move that Awards section up, right under your work experience.

 

If you were mainly freelancing and have an absolute ton of completed projects, you could also make a separate ‘Notable Projects’ section. 

 

The other additional sections such as languages, volunteering or even some minor certifications will be less consequential (unless the ad calls for something specific), and therefore can be moved down the page.

 

Video editor CV template—additional sections

 

Awards

 

  • 1st Place (£5000) — 2017 Creative Europe “Creative Video” competition

 

Languages 

 

  • Arabic (beginner)
  • Dutch (Intermediate)
  • German (Intermediate)

 

6. Write a video editor cover letter

 

The video editor cover letter is sort of an extended trailer. It takes the best scenes, or the ones most relevant to your new employer, and gives a little more depth, and a few more arguments to go see the whole film. 

 

The ideal cover letter is composed of:

  • 1st Paragraph (60-80 words)—Years of experience, and the main reason why you are the best candidate. 
  • 2nd (Main) Paragraph (120-200 words)—The 2 or 3 most significant reasons for you being a world-class addition to the project.
  • 3rd Paragraph (40-60 words)—Show the depth of your interest in the company and tell them what you hope to do for them.
  • Call to Action (Single Sentence)—Be confident, and ask them to look at your showreel and give you a call back.

 

Video editor CV format and layout

 

Be creative in your showreel. Follow standard rules for CV formatting to make sure it’s easily readable and accessible.

  • Head each section with a clear heading, and space the sections out evenly.
  • Choose a classic CV font. Didot is one that will stand out from the rest.
  • For a neat CV layout, use even margins on all sides, 1-inch minimum.
  • Unless told not to, save your video editor CV in a PDF format.
  • If you're using a Word CV template, make sure it's ATS-friendly.

 

If you don’t hear back after two weeks, give them a follow-up call.

 

Cut!

 

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Did we answer all your questions on how to write a video editor CV? Got any job hunting tips and tricks you’d like to share? Did you find our video editor CV examples useful? Use the comments section below. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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