Depending on where you're applying and the type of job you're going for -- such as an extremely creative role or one where an on-camera presence is required -- it may not hurt your chances to create a short video if you have the ability to do so when you're presented professionally. The absence of a video resume certainly won't hinder your chances of getting hired.
If you decide to give it a shot, click here for five tips to help you get started.
VIRTUAL INTERVIEWING: This form of video is hot. A growing number of employers are using video interviews in a couple of ways to save time and overcome any hurdles with geography and scheduling. One option is a two-way conversation via video, much like kids chatting with friends via video online or the way others use Skype. Employers will conduct a recorded video conversation -- an interview --with a candidate once they've reviewed a paper resume and established initial interest. Since it's recorded, other recruiters and hiring managers within the organization can review the interview too.
The other use of video interviewing is a self-directed process where an applicant is invited to log in and answer specific interview questions on video. A leading service in this space is HireVue, which works with hundreds of employers that are conducting upwards of 10,000 total video interviews per month through its system. Applicants sign in at their convenience to answer eight to 10 questions created by the employer. On average, the candidate has 30 seconds to read the question and up to three minutes to respond. That's similar to a face-to-face interview that may last for about 30 minutes. If a chosen applicant doesn't have a webcam, HireVue provides one, along with technical support, so nobody is left out of the interview process.
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