The video resume

So, a couple weeks ago while spinning on my cycle trainer, I came up with a great idea of starting a video resume website to help differentiate candidates from the other wolves in the job-hunting pack. However, like most of my ideas, someone already beat me to the punch. CareerBuilder.com tried it a few years ago and now a local company, InterviewStudio, has launched something more robust. They are also offering FREE services to the first 1000 applicants, so it might be worth checking out. I know nothing about this company, so this post doesn’t necessarily mean it has the LOL stamp of approval. Just sharing because most jobless people really like free stuff.

As much as I think a video resume is probably a decent idea, I’m just not sure that I am confident I can keep a straight face during the taping of my video resume. In fact, I am pretty sure I would at some point want to “worm-out.” Now, for those that don’t know what worming-out means and need a visual, check out the Orville Redenbacher Popcorn commercial. Most of my good friends know my motto “when in doubt, worm-out” and have witnessed me on several occasions worming-out in bridesmaid dresses on the dance floor, or during a long musical interlude at karaoke. Bummer I missed Orville’s casting call. 

The worm adds that flavor and shock-factor to any given situation. When people are in shock, they tend to forget what it was they were doing prior to being shocked. For example, you are sitting in a meeting with your boss…or wait, jobless people don’t usually have bosses. OK, um…how about you are in a heated situation (argument with spouse, job interview that’s going side-ways, etc.) and you are getting grilled to the wall about something. This person is being a real prick trying to trip you up,  your head starts spinning and you can’t find any words to recover the situation. The tension in the room is increasing. What do you do? You worm-out. Straight up, just do it. What’s the worst that could happen? And, if you are jobless, you really have nothing to lose, right? I mean, if you find yourself being grilled in an interview, this person is a prick and there’s a good chance you don’t want to work for prick anyway, right? So why not worm-out? There are really only two things that could happen. The guy will either laugh and hire you on the spot because he just realized that he needs comic relief in his office. Or, the interview will end abruptly, not wasting anymore of your time away from house pants. Furthermore, you will be remembered thus differentiating yourself from the other candidates. I only wish I remembered to worm-out after I got laid off. Damn, that would’ve been a hell of an exit!

OK, so enough about the worm and back to the video resume idea. After watching some of the interviews produced by InterviewStudio, I sort of feel they lackluster. But maybe that’s because I’m rarely good at being all business, similar to the backside of a mullet hair-do.  On the resume video front though, I think I really prefer what my friends over at Unemploymentality have come up with. You should check it out, it’s pretty entertaining and doused with extra cheese sauce.

Curious how many people have ever done or considered doing a video resume? If you’ve done one, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it and whether or not it got you any interviews. 

 

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5 responses to “The video resume

  1. The Velvet Bulldog

    Wait, which one of them is worming out??

  2. Interesting thoughts on the video resume idea. I looked very closely at it last summer and ended up thinking it’s not going to work — at least for me. What I want from my resume is the chance to talk with the hiring influence on a job. I want to understand what they need and why they need it. For me at least, the key to a good interview is how much I listen, not how much I talk.

  3. I make videos and post them on youtube for fun. I just got laid off last week and I’m planning on doing a video resume on youtube and then I can email a link to prospective employers. I’m still working out the details but I know it won’t be me sitting down and talking to the camera. I want to be seen in some of my favorite places, maybe with some of my friends as references? What do you think?

  4. Video Resume ideas are very cool; except it’s hard to scan them quickly. Another great idea for job searching is Informational Interviews. A good friend of mine suggests contacting people with positions you want to apply for (you can find them through LinkedIn) and doing an informational interview with them.

    Even though they might not be the hiring manager, if they like and trust you, they probably will give you the inside scoops of the company and who the recruiters are for those positions.

    Yes, it takes a little outgoing personality and cold-calling skills but it’s well worth it if you know exactly what you want.

    Paul Anderson

  5. teresatayag

    Great post. For Rock Steele, I think it is an awesome idea to have your friends talk about your good point in your video resume. Just make sure that they come across in an articulate manner and also fast, quick, succinct. Good luck.

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