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But when video resumes are good, they can be very good. As is the case with "Hire Me," a new video created by recent Bentley University graduate Alec Biedrzycki, which was released on Tuesday.
This video resume succeeds for several reasons. It lays out Biedrzycki's talents and experience: he graduated summa cum laude with a major in marketing; he had several unpaid internships; he worked on projects with Bentley's faculty; he has studied Japanese. By using his skills as a songwriter and musician, Biedrzycki also demonstrates that his creativity can be applied to a job -- in this case selling himself, but perhaps also in meeting the goals of a prospective employer. Most importantly, the video shows off his personality and sense of humor in a way that is hard to do in a traditional resume or cover letter, and perhaps even in an in-person interview. After watching the video, it's hard not to like the guy
I spoke with Biedrzycki on Friday afternoon and he said that his idea for the video resume was as simple as he describes in the video's opening scene. After sending out countless resumes and cover letters, he decided it was time to do something creative to get himself noticed. A song-writer and guitar player, he wrote a song about his fruitless job search and then enlisted his sister to help him shoot a video around it. That happened on Sunday. By Tuesday, he'd finished the video and by Wednesday he had shared it with one of his professors and mentors, Perry Lowe, as well as other members of the school's faculty and administration. "We all loved it," Lowe told me, "and we were all anxious to (1) help him get a job, and (2) see how viral marketing really works." Which means that the school's faculty and adminstration have been forwarding the video around ever since.
When I spoke with Biedrzycki on Friday afternoon, he said he'd received ten requests for his traditional resume and had already booked two interviews for potential jobs. He'd also just done a television interview with CNN.
Who knows if all this attention will lead to a job. But it's hard to see what bad can come out of it. What do you think?
When it comes to a video resume there is a lot that you need to keep in mind. First off, you must make for absolute sure that the quality is as good as possible. If you send a low quality video resume you are not going to appeal to many hiring managers. But if you send a video resume that makes you look good and is professional, you will definitely be onto something.
In addition to quality, you want to make sure that you do not get too carried away with your video resume. Remember, you are going to have the ability to say whatever you want; just like with a paper resume. But just because you can say whatever you want does not mean that you should go off the deep end. Instead, stick to everything that you would say in a paper resume. This includes information on your past jobs, education, and special skills.
Remember, when you send a video resume the recipient is going to be able to see you. This means that you will want to look your best. Not only should you dress like you are going to a job interview, but also make sure that the background is not too intrusive. If possible, shoot your video resume up against a plain white background. This will help the viewer to concentrate on you, and not everything else.
The main benefit of a video resume is that you can really show what your personality is all about. This is very important to some hiring managers, and if you can put on a good show, you are definitely going to have a chance at the job. But remember, even though you want to do your best, you also want to act like yourself. In other words, be genuine instead of trying to convey somebody you are not.
Video resumes are becoming very popular. If you are thinking about using this method of securing a job you are not alone. Just make sure that your video resume is of high quality, that you dress appropriately, and that you act genuinely.
About the Author: P. Majestyck. Paul Majestyck is global entrepreneur and online author.