Vine vs. Video: A Tale of Two Resumes

video resumesVine is a relatively new web application (released to android users on June 3rd) that allows users to create six second videos. The app’s features make it possible to either shoot the entire length continuously, or create stop-motion video. All-in-all, it’s pretty awesome. So naturally, creative job seekers have taken to the app as a possible job search tool. Though the platform is great, and the videos are fun, six seconds is not a lot of time to express who you are and what you can do.

Instead of trying to come up with the greatest six second pitch of all time, think of what you could do with 60 seconds. Video resumes are a great tool for job seekers and employers to use. Using video allows the potential employee the opportunity to highlight their soft skills and express their personality in a way that traditional videos can’t. Vine resumes are on the right track, and are great for showing off one’s personality, but it’s difficult to express soft skills (like communication style, amicability, etc.) with such a tiny time window.

When looking at these two types of resumes from an employer standpoint, the added length of a video resume expresses more information about the job candidate. Recruiters can get a handle on how a job seeker carries themselves, how they communicate, and if their personality would mesh well with company culture. The additional 54 seconds can also divulge technical skills, educational background, and contact information, making it easier for employers to gauge whether or not this candidate is the right fit for the job.

Taking the time to create a video resume helps promote and define one’s personal brand. If you want to sell yourself and your skills to potential employers, this is one way to stand out from the crowd. To get more tips on job searching and creating your own video resume, click here to check out the Jobma blog!

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