What exactly is a video resume you ask? I wasn’t exactly sure myself until I did a little research (with the initial nudge by a coworker). It is basically your 45 second commercial with linkage to your resume.
The more I think about it, the more I believe this could be the new next wave to surf. It hasn’t been adapted/adopted by many employers yet, but, it is a great way for the job seeker to differentiate themselves. It is also a super device for employers to use. Consider you had the choice of seeing someone only on paper. There are so many unknowns. Now consider you can see a snippet of this person in a video. It makes screening so much easier and faster.
With YouTube and the advancements in technology, it makes this super easy for the job seeker to create their videos. There are also some companies with websites dedicated to hosting and creating these resume videos also.
Sure, there could be potential lawsuits…I despise that thought. The process of hiring is discriminary by definition, get over it.
Just do some basic research yourself and see if it is for you. In sleepy Rochester, I am not sure how quickly this will be adopted, but it sure seems the way to go in this super competitive job market today.
FYI, Jim Kerins, a professional videotographer, told me that Google video search technology is quite advanced as well as connected with YouTube, making it nice for the posters to see details of who is viewing their YouTube video. Also, if you Google search videos, according to Jim, their is a much greater chance of branding yourself and coming up on top of the search results. Much easier than getting yourself on top of the regular Google search.
Just keep following the trends to know what is happening!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.