Secrets of the Job Hunt


Monday, May 12, 2008

Video Resumes

Although video resumes have become more practical than there were when first conceived during the VHS cassette’s era of popularity, few employers have yet to view one as part of their hiring process. According to the Vault Inc.’s annual employer survey, only 17 percent of hiring managers reported that they have already used one to reach their decision about an applicant.

Despite the lack of experience with this technology, approximately 89 percent of employers said that they would view a video resume if an applicant sent one in. According to the survey, one of the biggest reasons employers are interested in these is the fact that they give a hiring manager the ability to determine a candidate’s professionalism in presentation, attitude, and dress. Over half of those who participated, 52 percent, citied this as the reason they are receptive to video resumes.

Still, it will be a long time before video resumes replace more traditional forms of catching an employer’s attention. At this time, some are still worried about being accused of discriminating against applicants based on their appearance, ethnicity, or other trait it is illegal to hinge a hiring decision on.

Although, when paired with a typical resume that shows favorable qualifications, a well executed video resume can increase an employer’s esteem for a particular applicant. If nothing else, attaching one of these to an application shows that the candidate in question is well informed about new technology and trends in the employment market.

Those who want to create professional video resumes show dress as they would for an in-person interview. Since employers do not have unlimited time to look over a stack of these films, it is best to keep them short. Experts believe that it is best to shoot for around three minutes in length.

When filming a video resume it is important to look directly into the camera. This gives the illusion that eye contact is being made with the viewer, which denotes both honesty and trustworthiness. To avoid appearing too nervous, one should speak clearly and a consistent pace. Speaking to quickly will not only appear less confident, but will also make it more difficult for employers to understand the message.

Before filming, one should practice what they are going to say so they are completely comfortable when the camera is on. Prior to flipping the switch all background noise should also be eliminated.

The first thing that should be mentioned in a professional video resume is the applicants name. Throughout the course of filming, the focus should be on one’s professional achievements, not one’s personal life. The last thing that a candidate should do before turning of the camera is to thank the viewer for considering them for the position in question.

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