The popular answer to that question might be video resumes. News of them is traveling the Internet at the speed of light. Some claim you have to have one if you want to get noticed in the tsunami of candidates. Others insist video resumes are the future. Within X amount of years (opinions differ as to how long this might take); the regular Word resume will be a thing of the past.
So, how much of this should you believe?
Resumes Should be Effective, Not Trendy
I’ve seen trends come and go in resume writing and, generally speaking, an effective, impactful resume has great contents. That’s it. No bells, whistles, jazzy music, out-of-this-world graphics (unless you’re a graphic artist and want to display samples of your work), just results of what you’ve accomplished in your past positions.
To some, this may sound dull. Trust me, hiring managers are busy, they don’t have time for the latest fad. Some might not want to open a video resume, fearing a virus. Those who do choose to watch will still want to see the same thing they would on a regular Word attachment:
RESULTS RESULTS RESULTS
That’s pretty much it. Every applicant needs to prove in the opening summary of their resume that they’re the perfect fit for the position. It’s not enough to promise you’ll do a great job or that you have energy, insight, appeal, yada-yada-yada for the position. You need to show solid, quantified accomplishments that are recent and relevant to your new job search. You must dovetail past tasks (with results) to the current position being sought.
That alone will impress a hiring manager or a recruiter.
So before you commit time and money to making a video resume (or having one made), it’s best to make certain you have the best content possible to fill it.
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It’s not the newest fad – it’s results.