Ah, the resume. It’s usually the very first impression that an employer gets of a candidate. However, a mere document (IRL or digital) is not enough to highlight your personality, explain what you’re passionate about, why you’re perfect for a position or tell relevant anecdotes or experiences. By applying only with your resume, you’re missing out on the opportunity to introduce the real “you” to recruiters.
Solution? Adding a video pitch to your application! It can be the perfect way to show off your personality and attract recruiters with your charm and passion – not just your skills and experience. Luckily for you, TalentEgg has just released new profile features that allow you to add a short video introduction of yourself to your profile. It’s a great way to not only enhance your CV, but also allow employers to search for you directly, send you a message and invite you to a video interview. Here’s why you should definitely try out TalentEgg’s Candidate Video Showcase feature:
Show off your Personality
Through an ordinary CV, you have very limited ways of highlighting your personal characteristics beyond choosing a text colour and font. Using the video pitch feature on your TalentEgg profile, it’s easy to connect with recruiters face-to-face (or should we say face-to-screen?) because you can reveal aspects of your personality that give your application authenticity and bring the real you to life for the recruiter. Share some engaging anecdotes, and elaborate on skills and experience listed on your CV. It allows recruiters to hire you, not only for your CV — but who you are as a person.
Grab an Employer’s Attention!
During recruiting season, employers may look at hundreds of CVs every day. All that reading can get dull and repetitive, especially if every candidate states similar skills in different words. In fact, studies show that recruiters spend an average of only 6 seconds looking at an individual’s resume!
When you add video to your profile you can actually put a face behind your skills and experience and make yourself more memorable. Video is much more engaging to any recruiter than a hard copy resume. Surveys show that the vast majority of recruiters say that they would prefer to watch a candidate’s video pitch rather than just read their CV. Give recruiters the incentive to spend more than a few seconds looking at your profile by creating an engaging video!
Elaborate on your CV
The standard for a typical resume is to keep it “short and sweet”, but this doesn’t let you describe your major skills and achievements, show how they relate to the position you’re applying for, and reveal your personality.
Adding video to your profile gives you the chance to explain why you’re a perfect match to the position. Tell your story in a much more captivating way and help recruiters make the right choice!
Make a Great First Impression
You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. But usually, a job interview is the very first time that an employer meets you, and it can be difficult to establish a good first impression in a stressful situation and under pressure. You never know what can go wrong, so there’s never a guarantee that you’re going to walk out of the interview knowing you left a first impression of professionalism and grace.
With a video-enhanced profile on TalentEgg, you can control that first impression and make sure it’s a great one! (We offer terrific tutorials on how to do a super video pitch to help you ace it.) Even if your actual job interview goes a little south (which we know it won’t), the recruiter still knows something about you and what you’re capable of from your video pitch and is more likely to give you the benefit of the doubt.
Tip: Check out these tips on how you should dress for a job interview (which also applies to a video pitch recording session!). Appear professional right off the bat!
Stay Current and Stand Out
With video pitches becoming more and more popular, having just a regular CV as part of your application can put you at a disadvantage. Employers may not put in the time or effort to look at your resume in-depth because of the volume of the applications. At the same time, other candidates could already be submitting video applications which can put you at a disadvantage! You can add a link to your TalentEgg video pitch into your CV to make your application really engaging to any employer.
Including video in your TalentEgg profile is a way to stay current, engaging and memorable to employers, and to make sure that you stand out in the crowd of thousands of other candidates! Update your TalentEgg profile with this new video feature here to upload your CV and video pitch. If you haven’t made a profile on TalentEgg.ca yet, get cracking to get noticed by employers. Don’t forget to add your CV and video pitch to our Candidate Video Showcase to let employers find you!
Hailey Marleau, TalentEgg.ca
TalentEgg.ca is Canada’s leading job board and online career resource for college and university students and recent graduates.