It worked well for the people on “Survivor” and “The Apprentice”, so why not you. Produce a video, burn it on CD or DVD, and distribute it to potential employers. Keep it tasteful and highlight the results you achieved on one or two projects. Ask for an in person interview. If you buy video editing software and have a fast computer you can burn your own copies for less than $2 complete with the box
Use a DVD box because you can tuck a resume inside the front cover.
Personalize every one of them and I don’t just mean the label.
Start each video telling the employer why you’re interested in working for them.
Talk about the research you did to conclude they’re a good fit for your skills.
Highlight accomplishments which would be of interest to them.
Ask for an in-person interview.
I had recruited a young guy (very early twenties) for a Visual Basic Developer position at one of my clients. He had a two-year computer science degree and had been working for a year and a half to two years as a sort of one-man IT department for a very small, rural manufacturer. He did it all...programming, networking, support, you name it. The day before the interview he and I met for lunch. He brought along his laptop and proceeded to show me how he had developed an application for my client, based on information he had gleaned from me, their website and other sources. He had been working on it every evening for the past week, and I have to say, it was most impressive. Good functionality, slick interface, intelligent use of technology...simply awesome. The day of the interview came and went. He did well, just as I had expected, but we were a bit nervous. Another, more experienced programmer had applied on his own and interviewed as well. I spoke with the client just as he had made the decision to hire my candidate. He stated the deciding factor was (no surprise) the 'homebrew" application my candidate developed....proving, in one fell swoop, that he could, without a doubt, do the job, and perhaps most important...he proved who wanted it more.
Compliments of Jim Moens, Owner, SearchWorks www.searchworkscareers.com
Compliments of David Perry and Kevin Donlin