What is one way to stand out to an employer? By uploading a video resume of yourself. A video resume is basically where you give the employer all of the information he would normally get from a paper resume – and then some – on video tape. You then send your video resume off to the employer, who will watch it and will (hopefully) be won over by your wit and personality.
There are many reasons why a video resume is a good idea, some of which include:
- A video resume gives you a chance to showcase your personality and/or people skills, so that you can convince the employer that these traits will make you an asset to the company.
- A video resume gives you the chance to show the employer how well you perform while under pressure, a quality that many employers look for in their potential employees.
- A video resume gives you a forum to present your case and the space needed to elaborate on your special skills, education, and experience. You can essentially talk to the employer and give him reason after reason why he should choose you – something you can’t do with a paper resume
- A video resume allows you to stand out from the crowd and get noticed right away. This benefit is a very important one in a corporate world where employers are inundated with hundreds of resumes for one open position and where a majority of paper resumes are tossed aside when they fail to impress the employer within the first few sentences.
The idea behind a video resume is to show the employer a little bit of who you are and convince him that you are the perfect candidate for the job, instead of relying on a lifeless paper resume to do the job for you. In the end, the goal of a video resume is to persuade the employer into scheduling an interview using this unique approach, when otherwise your resume may not have made it much further than the trash bin.