Video is unforgiving – it is you, in the spotlight, and forever. If you mess up in an interview, you might not get a job out of a hundred interviews. If you mess up on YouTube, it will haunt you forever.
Short & Focused - 1-2 Mins Storyline = Education, Skills, Experience, What you add Visual and Creative Interactive (if professional and clean) Entertaining and Professional? Unspoken Tip – Look as good as you can Unspoken barrier – some companies have a ban for fear of discrimination complaints
Headshots for Paper Resumes and online Resumes
Even Good Headshots Tell A Story
Samples – Video - Youtube
As an employer, my understanding from other employers, is that the video resumes they are receiving are fairly unprofessional and may turn them off to a potential candidate. Giggly spoken lists of skills or discussing non-work hobbies are not positively affecting employment opportunities. Nor does unprofessional dress and an ineffective presentation. The other current employer complaint is the length of the videos. If an employer is interested in a candidate, after reviewing the resume cover letter and the resume , they might follow a link to watch a video resume for one to two minutes. According to the Vault Inc. study, referenced above, only 17 percent of employers have viewed a video resume. Take a look at About.com's Alison Doyle's advice for job searchers about making professional video resumes that are acceptable to employers.
Common Components of Video Resumes <ul><li>Focused </li></ul><ul><li>Resume Storyline </li></ul><ul><li>Visual and Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Entertaining </li></ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Unspoken Tip </li></ul><ul><li>Unspoken Barrier </li></ul>
Common Themes <ul><li>Universal truth - people don’t use paper anymore – find an online medium that works for your career goals. </li></ul><ul><li>If you are in the new media space use new media spaces like Vizualizeme, YouTube, or simply add a Video resume button to your blog </li></ul><ul><li>If you are in the traditional bricks and mortar space, use traditional sites like LinkedIN, Monster, SimplyHired, Ladders </li></ul><ul><li>Always know your audience and don’t forget the basics </li></ul><ul><li>Creative resumes may be a good way to get your foot in the door in creative job spaces, but they last forever. </li></ul>
Do Video Resumes Work? <ul><li>89% of employers revealed that they would watch a video resume if it were submitted to them. Although most employers have not yet used this new technology as an evaluative tool -- only 17% have actually viewed a video resume - the vast majority are receptive to it. </li></ul><ul><li>The primary reason why employers would value video resumes is the ability to assess a candidate's professional presentation and demeanor (52%). </li></ul><ul><li>- Vault Inc.'s annual employer survey </li></ul>