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Saturday, October 16, 2010 from TalentRooster

Get Seen Get Heard Get Hired!

A senior college student wants to be an economist. But even in today's improved job market, college seniors need to find ways to stand out. So college graduates throughout the U.S. have figured they need something that will make potential employers remember them. Instead of typing up a traditional résumé, students have decided to go Hollywood and shoot a video resume with the help of one of a handful of companies that are turning résumés into powerful video digital video profiles. Video resumes provide the edge that students need to stand out from the competition, increasing their chance for hire by thirty percent or more. These statistics hold true for anyone in the midst of a job search.
Video résumés may be the next big thing for tech-savvy job seekers trying to land their next job. Already, a host of companies are entering this emerging market, providing services that range from simple video storage on the Web to full production—including a script tailored to your curriculum vitae and advice on your job hunt.
Employers say would-be film stars should proceed with caution. While there are a number of providers, few have any experience in the search or recruiting arena. Most are operated by tech savvy people that recognize a great opportunity – they don’t understand the recruiting process or have any idea what hiring managers want to see. Plus there's the risk of online infamy. How do you prevent ridicule or ensure your video reflects what will provide the best chance for hire? Let me share a couple obvious points; Keep the video short and to the point—no longer than two or three minutes. Speak in bullet points to avoid rambling. "Tell them directly who you are, why you are interested in the position and what you can do for the company," says Irene Dickey, who lectures on marketing and technology at the University of Dayton.
Video resume technology isn’t new – it’s been around since the advent of the beta max. However, thanks in part to recent technological advancements and high unemployment, they are quickly becoming widely accepted. Some are predicting that the traditional “paper resume” will be obsolete in the next 6-18 months. Make sure you are keeping pace with technology – no question a professional video resume will get you to the front of the hiring line. TalentRooster.com was created by search, recruiting and staffing professionals that know how to do it right, professionally and consistently. They will make sure you capture your best 60 seconds. Good luck in your search!

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