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Video Resumes

I have heard of video resumes for several years now and am on the fence as to whether they are beneficial. I just came across an article on Monster which you can check out which pretty much tells job seekers not to bother: http://tinyurl.com/dx25ond. I do agree with what is being said. You don’t want to lose an opportunity because the employer chooses not to review the video to avoid any chance of discrimination claims later. Still, with employers using social media as common practice to conduct “background” checks on candidates, what does it matter at this point?

Unless you are in broadcasting or modeling, I would be cautious and find another way to be creative, rather than taking the chance with video. Try and include audio in your resume or with your resume instead. Of course, you can’t do this with your resume posted on job boards, but if you are submitting directly by email to a hiring manager, you can create an audio file that talks about why you are perfect for the job or go into depth on a few related projects /accomplishments–just remember to be brief, only a couple of minutes. Make sure you practice and the final tape has a professional tone. You may prefer to just talk on your own or you can act like you are in an interview and have someone ask you a short question or two. That should catch the employers attention.

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