[AI] About video resume

kameshwari rao kameshwarirao1984 at rediffmail.com
Thu Jul 5 06:49:08 EDT 2007

Hi all,
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 
                  employers' needs.

                  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 
                  see them.

                  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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