Video Resumes are featuring more and more heavily in web chatter. I have yet to have an Executive approach me with a video resume, I have yet to have a client ask for one. Nobody has asked me for advice on how best to put one together. I still receive regular calls from job seekers on how best to put the traditional 2 page curriculum vitae together.
Trust me they are coming. I first blogged about this subject in September last year when I came across what I considered to be a quite brilliant video CV from Graeme Anthony.
Compare Graeme’s to a video resume I spotted on YouTube recently (below). I am clear what Graeme brings to the party. I am clear as to his strengths, his talents, his experience and his skills. I am clear what he has achieved and what he wants to achieve in the future. I am clear because he is clear.
The video below is a different story. Clever, interesting, but I am left feeling uncertain as to what I have just seen.
Other than being a workaholic who likes coffee and possesses skills such as the ability to send an email from his pda whilst in a car park, I am uncertain what he brings to my business. I am not intrigued, I am irritated. Sure it is well produced, but its ambiguous. When you are looking for a job, content is as crucial as presentation.
What can you do, what have you done? What do you want, how can I help you, how can you help me? It answers none of these questions that might just set this guy apart from those others he is competing with at interview. It is short, its concise, but it gives me little to consider.
Success in the jobs market is all about setting yourself apart from those with whom you are competing. The competition is fierce. Jaguar Landrover has this week announced that it has had more than 14000 applications to 1500 new posts.
The CV is only ever a catalyst to a conversation. Your CV, video or otherwise, will not get you a job, that’s down to you, but it will get you a conversation. I am busy, you are busy. Less is more. Cut to the chase. Tell me who you are, what you’ve done, what you have achieved, how that has added value to your employer and why therefore that could be of interest and value to me. Get it on tape and lets talk.
What do think as to the future of the CV? Would you consider a video? Let me have your comments, I would love to know your view.
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