If you are not using video as part of job search or how you market your skills, you're missing out an a huge opportunity, and here's why:
Employers and recruiters want video: Let's face it, potential employers and recruiters are even busier than we are, and video helps them see who you are really quickly.
Nobody is doing it: If there has ever been a way to separate yourself from other applicants, it is video because nobody is doing it. I keep asking one recruiter if anyone has sent him a video and he keeps saying "no", so there aren't many people using video for their job search.
It's not rocket science: This doesn't mean it is easy, but doing a video takes nothing more than a camera (you could use your laptop cam) and some decent sound and a clear, well-written script that you can deliver with confidence. You don't need to create an Oscar-winning film.
You can paint outside the lines: With resumes, you are mostly constrained to a few different formats and the standard conventions that will help you get noticed (no mistakes, focus on achievements and highlight specific skills relevant to the job). With video, you have the opportunity to show some of your personality and what makes you unique. More importantly, it gives you an opportunity to show how your would present yourself in an interview.
BONUS: Here are tips for creating good videos:
- Prepare: spend lots of time writing a script, practicing and figuring out where and how you are going to film your video.
- Test: spent the time to do some tests of your video. Record and then play back and refine. Trust me, you will learn a lot by doing this.
- Sound: I believe that you record something that looks good with your laptop camera and some good lighting but you need to be sure that you can heard clearly.
- Keep it short: The shorter your video, the more likely people are to watch the whole thing.
- Hire a professional: If you don't think you have the chops to pull a video off by yourself, considering hiring a professional. It might not be as expensive as you think and really, isn't getting an awesome job worth it?
- Video resume: Provide an overview of who you are, what you've done and where you want to go. Considering picking a story or something that isn't in your resume/cover letter and talking about it.
- Book review: Read a book and do a quick review of it and why it's relevant to what you want to do.
- Hire me/Recommendation video: I have to give props to DJ Waldow we created the best video of this type I have ever seen.
- Interview: Connect with somebody interesting or influential in your field and ask them 3 questions.
Have you ever used to video to find a job? What did you learn?