Phishing for dummies… Video resumes

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An online resume includes all the facets of a traditional resume with add-ons such as video, images and links to your accomplishments

A re you ready for a close-up? If yes, look straight at the camera and start speaking. Make sure you stick to a dress code, preferably business attire, as in the case of an in-person interview, and record your accomplishments. Don't speak too fast. Make sure there isn't any background noise and that the wall behind you isn't too busy. You are ready for a video resume.

Upload it in addition to text resumes and speak directly to potential employers. YouTube, webcams (that come at cheaper prices) and widespread broadband Internet access is revolutionising e-recruitment in many ways. Video resume is one of them.

The way you look, carry yourself and how confident you are can now be ascertained easily in an audio-visual format. It helps you stand out from the crowd. Along with a doc file, you can have a link to a video resume too. It allows you to demonstrate your inter-personal skills, creativity, and technical skills to your potential employer, all in a matter of minutes.

This online resume includes all the facets of a traditional resume, with add-ons such as video, images and links to your accomplishments.

How to get started on a video resume? Rehearse what you want to say in the video. Start by mentioning your name (first and last). Focus on your professional achievements. Highlight your job-related skills. Discuss why you would be a good employee and what you can bring to the table. Finally, thank the viewer for considering you for employment.

Get the video ready, make sure to run a quality check before you upload it. Quite a few job portals allow jobseekers to post video resumes of up to two minutes that includes a presentation of the resume and snippets of works. Those who are in creative fields stand a good chance of showcasing their skills through this.

Link the video to your own website; to your professional profiles on career networking sites and to your contacts on social networking sites. And, chances are high that you might just grab that dream job. Get started and make a visual impact.





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