Video Resume - Who is Watching?

By: Robin Ogden

The introduction of thevideo resume has added an entirely new approach to career management.?Although, many recruiters and hiring managers believe the video resumewill be beneficial, there are others who say they don’t want to spendtime watching videos.? But, needless to say while this argument isgoing on, video resumes (or what we refer to as Video Introductions)are gaining headway.? ?As a brief conversation piece added to youronline career portfolio, the video resume is not only a great‘icebreaker’ but , is also helping people stand out from the pack,promote their personal brand and provide employers with that ‘gut feel’about personality and organizational fit.

Done properly, a will help candidates market themselves by pointing out strengths,attributes, deliverables and behaviors in a way that is impossible fora paper resume to reveal.? The Video Introduction provides a broader –more 3 dimensional view – of the candidate, so that employers get aquick, full picture of who the candidate is and how they may add to theorganization.

“Once viewed you are

already a familiar face…"

What’sso good about that?? Well, think about it for a moment.? The VideoIntroduction allows an employer to get a feel for you – a bit of a testdrive, if you will.? Once viewed you are already a familiar face whenyou head in for the interview.? This can cut the initial tensionimmensely.? There are no surprises; they’ve already seen you.? Ifthey’ve called you in for the interview there has already been aninitial determination around your viable fit within the organization.?This makes it much easier for the match up to continue through theinterview stages.? ?

Secondly,you will have a more secure feeling heading into the interview sinceyour Video Introduction has broken the ice.? You know this is not goingto be a 20-minute courtesy interview – at least on visual accounts.?Sure, you may blow it conversationally, but your Video Introduction hascleared part of the path for you.? If the employer Introduction and decides not to bring you in for the interview, that’sfine too – why waste your time?? Without the Video Introduction theemployer may bring you in and decide in the first two minutes that theyare just going to give you a courtesy interview – and let’s face it,your time is valuable.?

TheVideo Introduction is really a cool new tool in the careermarketplace.? The benefits certainly seem to outweigh the negativeconnotations that are thrown into the discussion around them.? Withproper standards put in place candidates will know whatemployers/recruiters are expecting to see in Video Introductions andcan then that will put employers at ease around issue of viewing the videos.?

Thoseof you who do not like the idea of the Video Resume – well you knowwhat the old saying is “know your enemy".? At FiredUP Careers webelieve that the Video Resume will become a standard part of anindividual’s in the future.? It won’t be long before you hear the employer not onlyasking you to send in your paper resume, ?but to also attach your VideoIntroduction.? Hiring managers will want to know if their recruiters/HRteam have viewed the video and if not, why not?? In other words, itwill become the norm and not having one will be like not having a paperresume.

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