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Secrets to Marketing Yourself Via Video Resume

Video resumes are becoming more and more popular as an alternative to the standard paper resume.

As a recent graduate and someone employed in the field of recruitment, I am always seeking out new and unique ways to make myself stand out. I recently came across an article by Eugene Lim, a Marketing Intern for a website called Software Advice, in which she breaks down the secrets to marketing your talents via video resume.

While a creative means to grab the attention of recruiters, a video resume must be executed correctly in order to truly be an effective selling point. Lim speaks from personal experience when sharing secrets she has discovered to creating a stellar video resume:

1) Communicate a different side of you that cannot be captured on paper.
As Lim explains, “since actions speak louder than words, show yourself working on your latest achievement. Walk them through a past project with screenshot visuals, or show quick snapshots of you volunteering in a job-related field.”
It is important to take advantage of the opportunity to humanize yourself and physically show the employer what you have produced. Make sure it is something that a paper resume just does not do justice.

2) Identify and relate to your audience.
Make sure your video resume is tailored to the industry in which you are seeking a job. Be professional and approach the video resume as if it were an in-person meeting. Use the recruitment requirements as a guideline to really send home why you would be a perfect fit.

3) Sell yourself.
The purpose of a video resume is to stand out, so really emphasize what qualifies you to move further along in the hiring process. As Lim states, “The hiring manager should be able to summarize what they learned about you after watching your video. Make sure your content is substantive, focused and relevant. It should accentuate why you are perfect for this job.” At the end of your video, make sure to include a closing remark that makes a clear, succinct, and strong argument as to why the employer should pursue you further as a candidate.

4) Understand that a video resume is not a golden ticket.
While a video resume will make you stand out and show that you are conscientious, it must be understood that it will not secure you the position, or even guarantee you an interview for that matter. If you are not qualified for the job, a video resume will not magically change that.

One must also realize that a video resume is not for everyone. Some people may feel shy or awkward in front of a camera (I’m probably one of those people), which could end up being a recipe for disaster as it could make or break your chances of landing an interview. A video resume may be irrelevant to the position you are applying. From my own experience, video resumes work wonders for web designers, artists, and anyone pursuing positions in creative fields as it physically displays what you have produced. On the other hand, it may not be the best approach for someone in a more technical industry, but I’ll leave that discretion up to you.

For those of you who think a video resume is the way to set your application apart, grab your camera and creativity and get started!

Special thanks to Eugene Lim for her invaluable advice! Remember to check out her blog post for video resume examples and more suggestions on how to create a killer video resume!

5 Things to do if you don’t have a summer internship

“So what are you doing this summer?” If you dread this question and are out of creative ways to respond, you’re not alone. Although it may seem like everyone else has a super exciting and impressive-sounding internship, many college students don’t for a variety of reasons. Maybe you applied for 100 but didn’t get a single offer, maybe you can’t afford to work unpaid, maybe you just need your summer to be a break from pressure and stress. Whatever the reason, a summer without an internship doesn’t have to be a waste! Here are several ways to stay active and productive until classes start in the fall:

1) Get a paid job. Who doesn’t like having a little extra money? Save up for a fun trip at the end of the summer, textbooks next semester, or just for the sake of saving. Many places like to hire extra help in the busy summer months, so ask around and fill out applications! And don’t worry about not having a swanky company name to add to your resume; any job can be beneficial in the long run.

2) Volunteer. Give back to a cause you care about! You’ll meet new friends with similar interests, help your community, and have a great experience to talk about in future job interviews. The beauty of volunteering is that you can choose who you help and how often you do it, so choose something you’re passionate about and give it a try!

3) Study. Probably the last thing you want to do after spending finals week pulling all-nighters in the library, but think of it this way: anything you can take care of now will lighten your load for future semesters. Can you make up bad grades or get ahead on requirements by taking classes at your university? Also consider your local community college – if your school will accept the transfer credit, you may even save money in the long run by taking classes there. If you know you want to go to graduate school, why not consider studying for admissions tests now? By taking the initiative and signing up for a prep course or studying on your own, you’ll save the headache of trying to juggle studying on top of your normal schoolwork.

4) Choose a personal goal. Everyone has a list of things they’d love to do “if they had time”. Well guess what? Now you have time! Take advantage of it while you can and work through that reading list, reorganize your bedroom, or learn to cook. If you’ve been meaning to get in shape, summer is the perfect time! Get out and enjoy the warm weather by running, biking, or swimming. It’s impossible to not feel great about yourself when you finally accomplish something you’ve been intending to for a long time.

5) Get ahead on finding a fall internship. Summer isn’t the only time to have an internship! In fact, there are many benefits to interning during the school year. Highly competitive positions may be easier to secure because of fewer applicants and, if your school allows it, you may even get course credit. Start looking around now to maximize your opportunities!

How to make the most of any job

You can’t get hired because you need experience, yet you won’t get experience until you have a job – does this vicious cycle sound familiar? Networking and filling out applications becomes frustratingly fruitless, and you’re beginning to wonder if you’re destined to be unemployed forever. Unfortunately, this is the reality for many students and recent graduates. When you’re first getting started it can be hard to find any job, let alone one related to your major or desired career. Eventually your pressing need to pay rent, nagging parents, and desire to do something productive with your time lead you to accept any offer that comes your way. Sound less than ideal? Not necessarily.

Any job, no matter how seemingly insignificant, can offer something valuable to add to your resume. Accepting even a minimum wage waitressing job is a step in the right direction! Working anywhere is good experience collaborating with others. You’ll learn how to problem solve with a group, communicate with your boss and co-workers, and work together to achieve company and individual goals. Depending on your specific position, you may also become a pro at customer service, a computer program, working with children… the list goes on and on. Believe it or not, these are all skills that translate well to your future career. Include them on your resume and you’ll be sure to impress future employers with what you’ve learned.

It’s no secret that networking can help tremendously in the job search process. Use every job to branch out and meet people; you never know who or what can help you in the future. Talk to your co-workers and boss – what have they done to find jobs in the past? Who do they know that could potentially help you? This is also the time to build a solid network of references. Impress everyone with your hard work, initiative and positive attitude and you’ll ensure that people will eagerly vouch for you as you apply for new jobs in the future.

Think of every job you take as a stepping stone to a more rewarding career in the future. Everyone has to work their way up from the bottom, so stay optimistic and motivated!

Career Services: Your new best friend

Nearly every college and university in the United States and Canada has a career services center – make the most of your tuition dollars and utilize it! It’s never too soon to walk in or schedule an appointment, so learn about the resources available to you as early in your college career as possible.

Normally, you won’t even need to know what you want to do after college, so don’t be intimidated. As a matter of fact, that’s what the career counselors are paid to help you figure out! Many centers offer tests that assess your interests and suggest careers, libraries with books about job selection, and counselors to talk everything through with. They can also help you find internships and summer jobs to test out your interests and see if your potential field is a good fit.

If you do know what you want to do, career services can help you get there! Get help formatting your resume, practice interviewing, and get advice on how to break into the industry you’re interested in. Career counselors have advised hundreds of students before you, so they know what they’re doing and can offer you time-tested strategies and techniques. They also probably know alumni with careers and interests similar to your own and can teach you how to network.

Campus career centers also offer tangible support as well, including rooms you can use for skype or phone interviews, printers and paper for printing your resume, and a library full of career-related books. Even if you don’t want to talk to somebody, it’s worth a visit to check out the resources and information available to you.

Thinking about continuing your education after college? The career center can even help you with that! Make an appointment to discuss entrance exam preparation and develop a list of target schools and programs. In most cases, they will also offer advice for alumni of the university – if you’ve been out of school for several years, you can still get help.

No matter what you’re doing after college, your campus career center can be crucial in helping you along the way. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until your senior year to make your first visit – visit or call today!

Advice on graduate schemes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graduate schemes are getting increasing competitive. With graduate unemployment rising, recent graduates are finding themselves competing with graduates from 2010 and 2011. With this fierce job marketing how do you make yourself stand out from the crowd.

First of all persistence is key, just because you don’t get the first job doesn’t mean you won’t get the 10th or even 50th, keep applying. It can be disheartening but keep trying. If you’re not getting to the interview stage use your university career service to help you review your CV and application, they may be able to give you advice on where you are going wrong.

You need to keep an open mind. Be diverse in the positions you are applying for, don’t limit yourself. Most graduate schemes do not require specific degree disciplines so think about other areas you may be interested in, you could surprise yourself. Use all the resources available to you at University. It is very easy to ignore notifications about career fairs, career seminars and career counseling services but make time to go. They offer great opportunities to network, get advice, make contacts in companies and businesses you have an interested in and generally become more aware of how the job market works. At the very least you’ll get some free pens to help you fill out those application forms.

If you are still at University, fitting in online applications with academic studies and your social life can be very difficult. The key is planning. Most Universities have their career fairs during the autumn and companies tend to begin accepting applications around then. It is important to take your time researching the companies and the job description, make sure it is something you are interested in and somewhere you will be happy and comfortable. Most deadlines are in December, but some companies have deadlines in the spring so it is important to do your research so you have plenty of time to apply.

If you get through the initial application process and get an interview, you need to start thinking about how you present yourself. Use your career service, they often offer mock interviews and can give you more information about the company and possibly put you in touch with contacts who have first hand experience in that area. Your CV will have provided them with your background information, and all the interviewer will be looking for is an insight into your personality, so be yourself.

Other hoops you may have to jump through are psychometric, numeracy and literacy tests. These usually can’t be prepared for, but it is a good idea to brush up on chart interpretation, percentages and ratios. In the psychometric test you will be asked to rate a number of statements in how important they are to you, don’t try and guess what the employer is looking for, just be honest. These tests will be timed but don’t worry if you don’t finish within the set time, as some tests are designed so you won’t. You may also be invited to an assessment day. This is normally a whole day of activities, group problem solving exercises, interviews and presentations. Your teamwork, listening, reasoning and leadership abilities are being tested so enjoy it, but be conscious of how you are interacting with the team.

If you have already graduated and are applying for schemes use the alumni services at your university. The careers service will also be willing to help you finding schemes, review your CV and application, as well as offer advice on how to proceed. Just because you have left university doesn’t mean you are on your own, it’s never too late to take advantage of your university resources.

Professional Networking

Searching for a Job as a graduate requires a lot more than a newspaper or a trip to the job centre. In this economy you need to be imaginative and creative in the way you find and apply for jobs.  Rather than think of yourself as unemployed, become a professional networker. Ever relationship, friendship and new meeting, provides the opportunity to promote yourself and increase your chances of employment.

It sounds obvious but actually telling people about what you want to do and what area you want to be in makes it easier for them to help you. This is the difference between saying you want a job in Finance and expecting people to realize that you want to do accounting for a small company and not managing hedge funds for a large London bank. Tell your friends, families, teachers etc, talk in detail about what you want, what experience you have and what you´re doing to achieve your goals, this will help them understand and better associate contacts that they have with what you are looking for, as well as promote you to them. Keeping in touch with your teacher  within your field of interest can be prove to be invaluable. They can put you in contact with potential employers, past students working in the industry and inside sources. Your fellow students can also tell you about their job search, where and how they found their employment and any openings they have at their company.

You´ve probably signed up and created profiles on a number of recruitment web sites and that is great but the internet can provide other avenues for job hunting. LinkedIn is already a well known networking tool, but more and more companies are increasing their social networking and blogging profiles. Use the hours spent social networking to good use and search for companies you might want to work for on facebook, twitter etc. You can gain a real insight into the type of people that work there, the company atmosphere and even upcoming job opportunities (a friend recently found their new job by seeing a leaving party event and applying for that position). This can also be useful in preparing for interviews, finding out more about what the company does and what your role may be, knowledge like this will impress the interviewer and show you have a keen interest in the position.

We know that employers are using facebook as a way to screen future employees and privacy settings are a good way of managing what people see. A clever alternative is to consider creating a second professional account. This can allow you to project the image of yourself that you want potential employers to see, not the party animal image that your friends see. Make sure to provide this email address on your CV, that way if employers want to do a little facebook stalking you can use it to your advantage. Tailor this account to highlight your professional interests, show aspects of your social life that you feel are positives such as travel, hobbies interests etc, and also like the companies brand page and show you are following other companies within that area of interest.

The key to job hunting is to be persistent, know what you want to achieve and devise ways to raise your profile. Assess every opportunity that presents itself and think of ways that you can promote yourself or gain further insight in the area that you want. The important things to remember are not to be afraid to ask for help and always be alert because connections can be made in the unlikeliest of places. You never know,that old lady sat next to you in the hair salon may be the mother of your future boss.

Alex Kearns spent an hour on top of a plinth in Trafalgar square as part of Sculptor Antony Gormley`s One & Other Project and took the opportunity to make his CV stand out.

For more creative ways people have found to promote themselves, check out

http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/index.php/2009/01/27/creative-job-hunt-new-ways-to-find-employment/


 

What Can I Do With My Undergraduate Degree in Business?

Many of us choose our majors in college based on whether or not the classes interest us, if the program is reputable, or on the percentage of employment post-graduation. But when the time comes and the degree is finally in our hands, we find ourselves wondering, “What can I do with this?” or “What does this mean?” This post marks the first in a series that will aid you in determining what you can do with your degree post-graduation and professionally. Our first installment addresses the highly-touted business degree.

Business is one of the most popular undergraduate degree programs, but also one of the most broad. This article will help you narrow your focus and choose the career path that best fits your skill set and interests.

Business. This degree is about as broad as they come and, if you have not specialized, your options post-graduation may seem overwhelming. There are some obvious benefits to having chosen such a broad program. For one, your options are practically limitless.However, it is important to choose a career path in order to move up within the business world. An investment in a business degree is one that generally pays off as business degrees are so flexible they can take you virtually anywhere you wish to go in the world. Business principles can be applied to almost every company because nearly every enterprise—whether it be a hair salon, movie theater, non-profit, government agency, or bank—is founded on business principles. In fact, many careers that do not necessarily require business skills and knowledge initially, have the potential to develop into management roles where this will become important such as teaching, nursing, social work and law. According to recent reports by the New York Times, US News and World Report, as well as the profiles of Universities, despite the low post-graduate employment rates, graduates holding a business degree have the highest rate of employment in comparison with other majors, with some universities reporting as high as a 95% employment rating.

To help you visualize your options as a degree holder in Business, I have included a list of potential fields to consider when searching for employment.

Related Jobs Include:

  • Accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Manager
  • Salesperson
  • System analyst
  • Public relations representative
  • Product manager
  • Realtor
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Banker: Investment/Commercial
  • Banking Manager
  • Buyer, (Industrial or Retail)
  • Company Secretary
  • Commodity Broker
  • Distribution/Logistics Manager
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Management Consultant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Market Research Executive
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Public Relations Account Executive
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales Executive
  • Stockbroker
  • Systems Analyst/IT Consultant

The following are just a few examples of the skills you may have gained over the course of your studies that can be promoted when applying for a range of jobs:

  • analyzing and selecting information
  • communicating effectively
  • working in groups and/or team
  • understanding and interpreting numerical data – numeracy
  • problem solving
  • computer literacy
  • meeting deadlines
  • organizing your time
  • writing reports
Good advice to anyone trying to decide what career path is the right career path specific to their goals and skill set, is to interview people that are currently working in the field or speak to past professors. These people can give you a better idea of what to expect, based on their own personal experiences and allow you to make a more informed decision on which direction to choose.

 

Abroad We Go. . .


People have done it before you, they will do it after you and it will continue to change the perspective of thousands of people who give themselves the rare and unique experience of living abroad. So we all have our reasons for moving abroad, could be general curiosity, time for a change, or maybe you have a little gypsy in you! Whatever it is, moving abroad is an experience that will forklift your mind into a new stratosphere and pack it full of culture, language and experiences to be had. Being someone who has a little bit of experience with making the jump off of my native continent to that of a more mysterious one, I do have a few suggestions. The first part of moving abroad is centered around finances, you will need a plane ticket right? The second part is finding work, volunteering, or pretending to have a reason to be abroad in the first place.

No matter where you go, you can always find some way of being productive.

To state the obvious, you can’t get anywhere unless you or someone you know pays for you to get from point A to point B. And because hitchhiking has been deemed unsafe for the modern traveler, you will need to rely on a wallet to transport you effectively. Its really important not to rely on the wind to take you where you need to go, and certainly to have enough money for an emergency return ticket which could cost double of what you are expecting to pay. You don’t want to be making pesos in Mexico at a burrito bar to try and earn your way back to the United States, so before you leave to Tijuana do yourself a favor and work from your native country to ensure your plane ride home. In addition to this it is certainly helpful to have an extra cushion of dough to play with, or help you glide along until you find some form of work to sustain. Even if its just a Summer job for a few months of savings, it will help immensely later down the road when experience something unexpected.

No matter where you go, you can always find some way of being productive. There are always going to be opportunities to work, even if it is volunteer work. You really don’t need to secure something prior to your travel date, regardless of what fear is instilled in you…you can always find something! The best way to start is through search engines that might be more easily targeted to you, I find Craigslist to be effective in a variety of places. But always make sure and ask the locals and the transplants which job search engines are most effective in the country you are living in. Or sometimes the most effective way of finding work is becoming a foot soldier, resume in hand, and navigating the area by walking around and handing your resume to anyone who looks legit. It’s amazing how many opportunities I have gained by being open-minded, and not placing too much emphasis on the importance of a job. The right opportunity will find you, just be patient and diligent and your efforts will gain you an opportunity.

We are not designed to be creatures of fear, so no matter what kind of reservations you have about moving and working abroad just remember that it’s all very possible. Just make sure and cover yourself in terms of finances because realistically the more you are prepared financially, the less you have to worry about the unexpected. Lastly, your diligent efforts to find work will prove to be effective as long as you put honest efforts and search all of your last resorts until you find what fits. There is a time in life when your gut tells you to break out of the norm and take the opportunity to travel, I suggest you listen to it and surprise yourself everyday.