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Friday, October 8, 2010 from TalentRooster

Add A Video Resume To Your Portfolio

As technology advances and offers us ever more options, it was something of a natural progression that the resume as we know it, evolved into the digital or video resume. Rather than the usual printed or written resume templates we are used to seeing, this is a Video resume, where the job applicant speaks to a camera and presents her resume in video format.
This is a two minute elevator speech kind of resume, where the applicant quickly, concisely and briefly states his or her abilities, and the possible contribution that they could make to the organization they are seeking employment with.
A video resume follows many of the same principles as a regular resume it - has to make a good first impression in the shortest time possible and it has to stand out with regard to style as well as content. The first ten seconds of the video resume corresponds to the look and layout of your resume sample - if you fail to grab the viewer or reader's attention at that first instant, the rest of the resume doesn't get watched, or read as in the written resume scenario.
If the beginning grabs the viewer they will likely watch all of the 90 to 120 seconds of the video resume - and this is all the time you have to extol all your virtues, abilities, qualifications, special abilities, technical and other skills and experiences.
Video resumes can take several different forms - you can make a CD or a DVD out of it by filming it yourself and then sending it to prospective employers the same way as you would a traditional resume. On the other hand you could create a video resume on TalentRooster.com for the all inclusive fee of $39.95. You have the option of utilizing their proprietary software or uploading your own video – whichever is easiest for you. TalentRooster also provides the option to upload your video resume to their database, providing thousands of employers the opportunity to find you. TalentRooster.com also offers tips, advice and DIY instructions on creating your own video resume templates. You could also, in the alternative post your video resume on all of your social networking sites, further increasing the probability that a hiring manager will find you.
If the idea of a video resume sounds rather radical to you and you are wary of going with it, you could create one in addition to the traditional resume. Another alternative would be to send in a video resume along with the paper one, so that a prospective employer can look at both or either.

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