(VIDEO) 6 Biggest Myths about Using Video in your Job Search

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6 Biggest Myths about Using Video in your Job Search

Video resumes have been around for a long time and it’s not surprising in the last couple years they have become more popular as job seekers are looking for the best ways to separate themselves from the crowd.

There are many myths out there about using video in your job search that scare most job seekers away from creating video resumes.  In fact, countless job seekers don’t know about the numerous benefits of using a video cover letter or resume because of the stigma surrounding the topic.

So in this post, we are going to dispel the 6 biggest myths about using video in your job search in hopes of helping you have the best chance at landing that new job.

The article below is a brief outline of the video posted above.  To get a full grasp and deep understanding about the topic at hand, please watch the video above first.

Myth #1 – Video Is Too Damn Technical

The Real Deal: In today’s world, with all our technological advancement, it has never been easier to create videos.  Companies know that not everyone has the time to learn how to video edit and thus have created free, easy-to-use software that anybody can learn.

To top it off, you don’t even need to spend money on fancy equipment or an editing suite to produce a video response to a job posting that you’d be proud of.  In fact, we don’t even recommend you appearing on camera at all!  Instead, create a great video by using screen-recording software!

Myth #2 – Video Is Only Useful For Certain Job Types

The Real Deal:  Every employer wants a candidate that demonstrates effort, enthusiasm and good verbal communication skills.  By creating a Video Response, you’ll be able to showcase all three while separating yourself from the crowd.

Myth #3 – Employers Won’t Watch Video Resumes Because They Are Afraid Of Discrimination Lawsuits

The Real Deal: Employers aren’t afraid of seeing and hearing you during the application process.  Discrimination lawsuit?  Most employers today are “Googling” your name and going on your Facebook in attempt to see what kind of person you are, so giving them a video response to their job posting is only helping them get to know you better.

But just in case you’re still skeptical, here is the EEOC’s latest discussion about the legality of using video resumes:

http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/foia/letters/2010/ada_gina_titlevii_video_resumes.html

Myth #4 – I Must Appear On Camera In Order To Create a Video in Response to Job Postings

The Real Deal: With simple screen recording software, you can create a dynamic video presentation that enables you to tell employers why you’re a great fit for the job. This type of screen recording video includes your voice, images, text, and whatever else you want to include!

Myth #5 – Video Is Expensive

The Real Deal: You can literally create your whole video response using just a free screen-recording software and you can share your dynamic video presentation selectively using a free YouTube account.

Total Cost: $0

Myth #6 – Video Resumes are Better than Video Cover Letters

The Real Deal:  Most job seekers who do choose to use video are creating video resumes.  Essentially, they are reading their resume in the video and sending it out to the world.  In today’s job search, you have to be specific and tell each and every company you apply to why you are the best fit for their company and for that position.  You don’t need a general Video Resume; you need a personalized and detailed Video Cover Letter!

NOTE:  If you don’t have a full grasp on why Myth #6 is wrong, you will NOT be successful in using video in your job search. This is a big topic that I go into a lot more detail in the video above.  Please watch the video to get a better understanding about this critical issue.

So I hope after watching the video and reviewing this article that a couple things cleared up for you and it piqued your interest in using video in your job search.  Remember, the job market is highly competitive!  By using the latest and greatest technologies to tell your story and sell yourself as the best candidate for the job, you are giving yourself the BEST CHANCE to be successful in your job hunt!

 

Julien March 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Great video and post! Keep ‘em coming Mike

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