Job seekers are accustomed to making themselves look good on paper but it is harder to make yourself look good on video. Paper resumes make your case before you walk into the interview. It is easier for a recruiter or interviewer to forgive any fidgeting in person because your paper resume has already told them that you have the skills for the job. If the interviewer has to sit through a video with several minutes of rambling dialogue, accompanied by nervous tics, and the sound of traffic or air conditioning in the background to be able to hear your skill set, you may not get to make your case before you lose the interviewer's interest. Since video resumes are still new, there is no real standard set yet as to how these resumes should appear and how information should be presented. It can be easy for applicants to go wrong.
To be effective, your resume must be written in the most appropriate format for your total experiences, especially your work history. Choosing the best format is crucial and should be carefully designed by a certified professional resume writer to produce a powerful credential. The three most prominent resume formats are chronological, functional, and the combination, or hybrid, the chronological format being the most used and liked by human resources people for the ease of following applicants' work history and professional focus and development. This format also highlights any breaks, or gaps, in the chronology of employment, sometimes raising a "red flag."
While it is usually easier for job seekers to focus on what to do "right" on their resume, many tend to forget what they may be doing "wrong" with their resume. When we put on blinders about potential faults in our resumes, we can miss critical errors that make the difference between getting an interview and getting the heave-ho. In an earlier article, we discussed the yang, or must-do elements, to create an effective legal resume (See: "The Yang Of Legal Resume Writing"). Here we will be focusing on the yin of resume writing, or what not to do, when drafting a legal resume.
Impress - You've got to IMPRESS the employer...Tell your unique story...and the EASIEST way to do that is to give them a resume that you would want to read if you were the employer. Provide names and contact information of references and former employers; don't make them have to dig for this information. Follow up on your resume leaving your name and telephone number.
However, technology has changed much of how people search for and get jobs, and as online video becomes more and more ubiquitous, some companies are changing the way they handle video resumes. Job listing sites have combined forces with social networking sites, and online resumes in such venues are often combined with video resumes. Sites that specialize exclusively in hosting online and video resumes make it far more palatable for employers and recruiters to search for resumes.
Now you feel confident you have the best resume format possible. You even saved the resume as an Adobe PDF document to protect all your nice formatting. Applying to the great job with your new resume Your resume just arrived via email to that great job post you found a few minutes ago. You know, the one that reads like it was hand tailored just for you. Andy, the company recruiter has just arrived to begin work, sits down at his desk, turns on his computer and logs in to review all the resumes now sitting in his electronic in-box. Your resume is among those he is scheduled to review.
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