video resume

A video resume is a brief account of a job applicant's professional experience, qualifications and interests, submitted to a prospective employer in video form. (Continued...)

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A video resume is a brief account of a job applicant's professional experience, qualifications and interests, submitted to a prospective employer in video form. With simple edits on a computer, the candidate can direct and customize his video message to a particular employer and tailor his video resume for a specific job opening. The advantage of a video resume is that it allows a potential employee to demonstrate his public speaking, inter-personal, creative or technical skills to a potential employer in a way that a text-only resume can not.

Recruiters recommend that applicants consider including third parties on the video to talk about the candidate's strengths and accomplishments. They also recommend that before committing time and resources to creating a video version of a resume, the applicant should consider whether an interactive media application is appropriate to an industry. Relatively conservative workplaces in the legal or financial professions, for instance, are likely to be less impressed with a candidate's resume presented in video form than an advertising or fashion design firm. The most successful video resumes feature short, to-the-point answers, superior editing skills and often a dash of humor.

Video resumes have existed for decades, and have been historically created and distributed physically using VHS tapes and, eventually, burned DVDs. The emergence of YouTube, inexpensive webcams and widespread broadband Internet access have combined to dramatically reinvent this form of media, resulting in thousands of applicants recording and uploading videos. Both employers and applicants can save significant recruitment and travel costs by adopting the use of video resumes. A good video resume can elevate a candidate over other applicants. Poorly produced or conceived videos, however, can potentially ruin an applicant's chances for employment.

To record a video resume, a job seeker can simply connect a webcam to a computer or use a hand-held video camera. He can either upload the file to YouTube or to an employment Web site that specializes in hosting and serving video resumes. The applicant can link to his resume in an email or other electronic document or he can place the video on a personal Web site, blog or social networking profile.

This was first published in October 2007

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