Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Video Resumes in a Down Economy - Risks vs. Rewards

Yesterday, msnbc.com contributor, Eve Tahmincioglu, wrote a piece about creating video resumes to land jobs.  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35367030/ns/business-careers//.   She profiled two men who created videos that accompanied more traditional resumes.  One landed a job; the other hasn't landed any interviews.  The man who landed a job shaved his head for a marketing position in a razor company.  Clever.  He thought about his audience and the position. 

Do I generally recommend making a video or, what has become more common, creating a web resume, NO.  You have to know your audience.  Although you may think your idea is clever, that you look great, and that your content sets you apart, prospective employers may not.  But there are some times where the potential reward will outweigh the risk.  Read the entire column if you are thinking about a video resume.   The columnist writes the weekly "Your Career" column for msnbc.com and chronicles workplace issues in her blog, CareerDiva.net.

For information about traditional resumes, contact Randi Lewis, Founder of Resume Boutique LLC, at 410.218.0586 or by email at rlewis@resumeboutique.com.  Visit our website at http://www.resumeboutique.com/.

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Tutorial_guru said...

Interesting article! With so much advancement in technology now a days, there are multiple and I guess creative ways to present yourself to a prospect hiring manager. But I think as there are new ways to apply for jobs, its getting much harder to get noticed as well. You should take a look at this article blog post, I think you might find it interesting http://freethoughtsfirstblogpost.blogspot.com/2010/06/resume-writing-style-five-resume.html.

school leaver careers said...

A strong resume is just one piece of the puzzle. Today's job seeker needs a multi-media approach with a strong message of value across multiple business, social, and online identity platforms.