[AI] About video resume
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Thu Jul 5 06:49:08 EDT 2007
I could find some info about the video resume and it is really creative, the following article interested me and hope will have the same response from you.
Video resume a creative alternative
Video resume a creative alternative
By Doug McPherson
Here's how to stand out from a stack of paper resumes: Make
yours on videotape.
Now that the new millennium is under way, video resumes are
starting to get some play. They can be the ticket for
out-of-town candidates, those who have unique skills or
products to showcase, and others who want to show, instead of
tell, what they do well.
Should you use a video resume? Perhaps. How about at least
adding your photo to your paper resume? Maybe. How about
creating a resume enhanced by Powerpoint computer software?
Could be a winner.
Some in the employment business say creating a video resume
and getting it to decision-makers is easy now and will
continue to get easier - thanks to technology.
Anyone with a video camera - whether it's film or digital, can
videotape himself or herself, have it processed and hosted on
a server for $89, said Michael A. Patrino II, president of
swapjobs.com, an online job exchange.
Swapjobs.com will send back a link that the job-seeker can add
to e-mails to employers. If they have Microsoft Windows, they
can click on the link to view the resume.
Swapjobs.com launched video resumes in 2000 and has produced
about 10,000. The process is so simple that "in five years
video resumes will be commonplace," Patrino said.
Think of it as your automated 2- minute elevator speech on
video. Jobseekers should use their video time - 90 seconds -
to highlight experience, detail some actual examples of
previous on-the-job successes and emphasize qualities that fit
If you happen to have footage of yourself performing a job
that is particularly visual, such as leading a seminar,
conducting a meeting or even being presented an award,
consider adding it. And you may want to use charts and graphs
to drive home points related to your accomplishments.
Video resumes can set a candidate apart from others with
similar skill sets. "No matter how fancy your paper resume is,
it doesn't show you in action," Patrino said. "Plain-paper
resumes possesses none of the flair, power and dynamics of a
strong video presentation that shows more of who you are than
paper and ink."
And they're not just for those eyeing top-level white-collar
jobs. Certain occupations, especially, may benefit from these
alternative resumes. These include information technology,
sales, executive and creative jobs, such as in graphic design,
film, video production and art - where visual samples of work
are especially useful.
And, for out-of-town candidates, a video resume lets employers
Don Straits, CEO of CorporateWarriors.com, a Sacramento,
Calif., company that produces videos and portfolios, said his
clients range from administrative assistants to CEOs. "Video
resumes and portfolios apply to all levels. It doesn't matter
who you are.
"Decision-makers are more demanding, there are more candidates
than job openings, and technology has changed the way
candidate information can be managed and presented to
corporate decision-makers," Straits said.
Rosalie Sheffield, business development manager at
Peopleproductions.com, a video production company in Boulder,
said she's starting to see more video resumes.
"I've probably seen four or five in the last six months," said
Sheffield. "I think it's a nice and fast way - especially for
those in the graphic arts field - to show what they can do
graphically and with technology. And it saves us time and
effort dealing with envelopes and hard copy samples of work."
Sheffield said peopleproductions.com produces portfolios on
DVDs for those in the graphics industry, such as
videographers, photographers and graphic designers. Costs
range from roughly $200 and higher, depending on the length
and number of DVDs produced.
Sheffield will consider producing video resumes for
individuals, but she hasn't seen the demand for them - yet. "I
could see this as a growing field. Certainly the technology is
there and I think it would definitely help job-hunters stand
out," she said.
"Now it's common for people to e-mail resumes - just attaching
them to their emails. So it's not a stretch that we're
beginning to see Web sites or other kinds of electronic
Those who do not choose to produce (and star in) a video
resume, might consider obtaining or building a Web site. The
costs start with obtaining an Internet service provider.
America Online and Comcast allow their customers to create a
Web site for no additional cost above the monthly Internet
But not everyone is tuning in to alternative resumes - either
on Web sites or videos.
Kim Baird, an executive recruiter with HR Search Firm in
Denver, prefers that applicants spend more time making sure
that their traditional paper resume is free of errors, and
clearly and accurately communicates work history and
accomplishments, instead of sending her a flashy resume in an
alternative electronic format.
"You'd be surprised at how many professional-level individuals
are forwarding resumes to employers that your high school
English teacher would fail you for," Baird said. "People need
to spend more time on the basics."
Then there's the issue of time. Baird spends about 30 seconds
reviewing a resume. "I would be reluctant to take the time to
actually put a VHS or a CD in and watch it," she said.
However, she acknowledges that some companies might appreciate
video or creative resumes. Advertising or public relations
employers might be more receptive to these more innovative
resumes, versus the typical paper version.
"I would be cautious using a more creative style of resume for
most employers and for most types of positions," Baird said.
"Recruiters receive thousands of resumes a month and have a
very short window of time to ascertain the qualifications of
an applicant. Again, think 30 seconds."
Are video resumes worth doing? Even Patrino admits, "the jury
is still out."
But, with Internet technology advances, video resumes are one
way job-hunters can stand out from the crowded competition, he
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