The Brave New World of Video Resumes
Ten tips for making your video stand out.
October 18, 2007
Sponsored by Spherion Professional Services
by Brendan Courtney, senior vice president, Professional Services Group
The practice of making and posting video resumes is still in its infancy, but employers are quickly seeing the value of these new tools as a way to help them get a more personalized perspective of potential candidates than they do with the traditional “print” resume. As employers embrace the concept of video resumes with more regularity, they are likely to become more important for job seekers to create.
A video resume is a short video created by a candidate for employment that describes the individual’s skills and qualifications. It is typically used to supplement a traditional resume and performs the same function — to help you get past the initial screening process so that you are considered for an actual interview. It’s important to keep in mind that a video resume isn’t going to get you a job; it is a tool to help you market yourself to prospective employers and set you up for the in-person meeting.
Here are 10 tips for job hunters who want to make a video resume that will stand out in the crowd:
Of course, don’t expect your video resume to replace your traditional resume. Not all employers are interested in this new technology and some are actually working through a concern they have about potential discrimination issues if they are accused of interviewing candidates based on how they look, rather than their “paper” qualifications. However, as video resumes become more commonplace in this brave new world of digital communications, a well-done video can enhance your candidacy for employment.
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Brendan A.J. Courtney, senior vice president and group executive, Professional Services Group, Spherion Corporation. Brendan Courtney serves as senior vice president and group executive of professional services for Spherion Corporation (NYSE:SFN).