Over the past month I’ve spent a ridiculous amount of time on linkedin, getting my professional social networking life dialed because it’s obvious how necessary this is to career fulfillment and what-not. This pursuit has included some recommendations from co-workers, none of which I’ve reciprocated yet (sorry!), as well as adding some keywords related to my experience. It’s all been really fruitful actually as quite a few recruiters from interesting companies are contacting me – I’d actually, truly, encourage the millions of you reading this, to do it yourself.
Another thing you might consider that’s being bandied about at my grad school program – the video resume! This seems at first to be a whole helluva lot of work, but perhaps this is just the thing you need to differentiate yourself and catch the eye of that hungry recruiter. My first thought was that the video resume is really only relevant or appreciated by a creative who is looking for a creative. Now-a-days though, according to biz guru Seth Godin, everyone should strive to be creative. Creatives are the only Linchpins, as he more eloquently explains in his book, Linchpin. Ergo, maybe we should all be doing these video resumes?
This got me thinking about one of the best video resumes I’ve ever seen, from one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen, Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. I’d encourage anyone with a love of sophomoric-yet-smart comedies to check it out on Netflix or borrow it from your local library (hopefully you still have a local library). The lead up is that they’ve created a company called Dobis PR (the company name combines the two most important words in commerce, DOING BUSINESS), and they’ve created this video to explain to their new customers what Dobis PR is, and does. Enjoy, and hopefully this will have some value-add to your own video resume endeavor, I know it sure has with mine.