The Video Resume Technique

Remember the mock interview you went through at the Career Center? Did it go well? Do you have it on tape or disk? If not, it may be time to revisit and redo. If you are able to create a master video of your responses to some standard interview questions, that video can be duplicated and utilized as support for your job search. While you may have been somewhat unprepared for the questions in your mock interview, you should fully prepare for your video resume, and ask someone to interview you in a positive way with your preselected questions.

We are our own worst critic. You don't look nearly as bad as you think you do.

A video interview recording can be utilized in two ways: first, as a door opener with a select few employers you are targeting, and second, as an alternative method for moving forward a stalled phone interview process.

In preparing the video resume master for duplication, it is important to use an appropriate introduction and closing for the recording. Your introduction should be short and sweet, explaining who you are and the purpose and format for the video. Your closing should provide a very specific next step for the employer to follow in making direct contact with you. If you are distributing it via CD, have copies made for you professionally to avoid any cheesy did-it-in-my-basement look. And label each recording with a printed label, including your name and contact information. Always include your written resume folded and attached to the recording.

The video resume should not be utilized as a crutch for getting into nearby companies. If an employer is within a two-hour drive, it is better to press for the direct, face-to-face interview. The video resume merely serves as a distance-reduction technique to bring you closer to a company that is too far to meet with you personally. The video resume can accomplish some of the get-acquainted first steps and carry the process forward toward the eventual face-to-face meeting.

And remember that the video resume is not a replacement for the face-to-face meeting. You will still have to perform live, in person, for the company. But it can help you in getting to the in-person interview when other techniques have stalled for you.