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The Vault’s Video Resume Challenge Winners

The website the Vault evaluated scores of video resumes to select the 5 best submissions. Here were their observations:

  • A confident, poised video resume can make up for deficits in your written resume.
  • If you use the Q&A format, try not to jump immediately to your answers – wait a second or two.
  • Speak at a fairly slow pace.
  • Dress professionally.
  • If at all possible, face the camera.
  • Try not to visibly read off notes or other cues. If you keep your video resume on the shorter side you will not need many, if any, notes.
  • Ensure that the background is professional (no posters stuck to the wall with rolled-up tape, beer cans, etc.)
  • Four minutes is the absolute maximum you should spend on your video resume. Better to keep it between a minute and two minutes.

View the 5 winning resumes here. [Vault]

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How to Follow Up With a Hiring Manager

 Here is some sound advice written by Perri Capell of CareerJournal.com:

Question: I recently sent my resume to an employer and want to know if the position is still open, when interviewing might begin, and if I’m a candidate. I’d like to call the human-resources department but don’t know what to ask. Any advice?

Answer:Following up your resume with a phone call to the company is a good move. But unless you want an HR job, why call the human-resources department? In most cases, you should be contacting the hiring manager for the job you want and trying to make a positive impression.

It’s a myth that HR staffers will be offended if you go around them, say senior HR executives. “To be perfectly honest, if I were her, I would be trying to get to the hiring manager,” says Patrick Manion, vice president of global human resources for Flextronics International Ltd., a Singapore-based electronics design and manufacturing company with U.S. headquarters in San Jose, Calif. “Everyone else is just a gatekeeper.”

By learning the name of the hiring manager and contacting him or her, you are demonstrating initiative, and you’ll be more than just a name on a resume. This shows qualities such as persistence, which many companies seek in candidates, says Paul Schaefer, vice president of human resources for United Retail Service LLC, a merchandising services organization with about 1,000 employees based in Kennesaw, Ga.

To learn the name of a hiring manager, call the company’s main switchboard and ask for the name, title and phone number of the person in charge of the area where you want to work. You also can search online through a business networking site, such as LinkedIn.com, or by calling people who know the employer and asking them for help.

Call the hiring manager early in the morning or late in the day when you’re generally more likely to reach him or her directly, Mr. Manion advises. Introduce yourself and express your interest in the job and working for the company. Explain that you have applied for the opening through normal channels and are wondering when you might meet, says Mr. Schaefer.

“If you take the initiative, you might get hired over other candidates,” he says.

How to Follow Up With a Hiring Manager. [Career Journal – Perri Capell]

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Using Resume Videos to Stand Out from Other Candidates

Online Video ResumeTens of millions of VC dollars went into building video interview/resumes website’s during the late 1990s. It seems that this idea is becoming popular in the grassroots with job seekers now making their own career videos and posting them online.

Anjali Athavaley, of the Wall Street Journal Online, writes:

Though the practice is still in its early stages, young job hunters are starting to make a video clip part of their job application, sometimes even posting them on sites like Google Inc.’s YouTube and Google Video. Jobster.com, a Web site for job seekers, is exploring the possibility of enabling users to add short video clips to online member profiles. At the same time, smaller companies hoping to ride the popularity of online video are rolling out services that make it easier to create a video resume.

This practice should become more popular if not standard for resume based hiring. If you are looking for work, and you can put together a professional video, why not differentiate yourself from other applicants by including a video?

Here is a sample online video resume

Posting Your Resume on YouTube to Stand Out from the Competition. [The Wall Street Journal Online – Anjali Athavaley]

If Your Interview is Tomorrow Then Read These Tips

Interview Tips Career Hacker Bill Inman
Monster.com provides some good last minute tips for people who have an interview within the next 24 hours. The tips include:

  1. Conduct basic interview research – find out as much as you can about the interview.
  2. Learn about the company on-line – give yourself something to talk about in the interview besides the job description.
  3. Think of some stories [and not the Three Bears kind] about your career – be ready to discuss your achievements.
  4. Pick your outfit and go to bed early – get a good night’s rest and get to the interview early.

Read more details:

What If Your Interview is Tomorrow? [Monster – Doug Hardy]

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