Now that your turkey induced coma has subsided, it's time to get back to your job search! The year is quickly coming to an end and you need to have your new career set for 2012!
So what are you going to do differently that will get you that critical interview? It's not going to happen by submitting your Word document and cover letter - you should know that by now... Unemployment is still hovering at near record levels so you are going to have to think outside the traditional box.
People don't rely on paper anymore - in 2011, 43% of all first interviews were done via webcam. It's time for you to accept this reality and develop a strategy that works for your career goals. If you are unfamiliar with social media and video interview technology, spend some time on sites like TalentRooster or YouTube to see how other savvy candidates are standing out form the pack. Upon completion of your video, think about adding a "click here to meet me" button to your resume, blog and LinkedIn profile. Allow potential employers to see and hear you, versus viewing a static paper resume. Your "elevator pitch" might just make the difference.
When replying to jobs posted on Monster, CareerBuilder and other sites, include your video! 89% of employers revealed that they would watch a video resume if it were submitted to them. Although most employers have not yet used this new technology as an evaluative tool, only 17% have actually viewed a video resume, however the vast majority are open to the idea. These numbers are growing exponentially and it's only a matter of time until every company requires video as part of their applications process. Get this - the primary reason why employers would value a candidate's video is the ability to assess a candidate's professional presentation and demeanor. How many times have you said, "if they'd just meet me, they'd hire me"!! Hiring managers feel the same way - give yourself the chance! Check out TalentRooster.com to learn how to create your professional video that will move you to the front of the hiring line!!