When it comes to video resumes you get mixed results. Some people are so against it, and others think it’s brilliant. Well I happen to think the latter. If you are looking to stand out from the pack, get a great job, and be somebody, a video resume is key.
The funny thing, the video doesn’t necessarily have to be a resume. I found when I was researching this article, a lot of people made videos that had nothing to do with a resume.
Take Tracy Peterson. He’s a guy that made a video titled “How to get a Guy in Silicon Valley.” Now just from the name of the video we know it’s not a resume video. And yet the guy found success. Facebook liked his video so much they hired him to do some videos for them.
Than take a look at Allen Ulbricht, he got his job from UTube. EarthLink hired him as a Senior Project Manager. And his video resume was full of humor. He introduces himself as a “Job Applicant” the same way an alcohol anonymous person would introduce themselves.
Mona Lattouf couldn’t find a job after recently graduating. She decided to get creative and make a two minute video. She talked about highlights on her resume and answered common interview questions. She sent her video to a hiring manager, and shortly she got an interview. She landed a job as a junior accountant.
When you Google “video resume,” more cautionary websites show up, than positive ones. But when you really dig you find a lot of success stories. I think video resumes are a great way to make yourself pop, and get employers attention. As long as you stick to the facts and don’t make a fool of yourself, it can do nothing but help you.
So throw caution into the wind and make your own video resume. It’s cheap and convenient now that most computers come with webcams and software.
Dallas, Texas is currently one American city experiencing an economic boom and capable of dominating International markets. In little more than half, a decade the Dallas area has doubled its participation in International trade. As of the beginning of 2007, international trade in the Dallas Texas – Ft. Worth area, up from 429.8 billions in 2001, to well over $58 billion at the year’s start. It is no wonder the market for Dallas jobs and employment prospects in this same area paint a picture of prosperity to anyone thinking of relocating. This places Dallas as one of the fastest growing cities in the Nation and one with the highest number of new jobs added.
Analysts believe that this tremendous increase in international trade is attributable to better foreign relations and trade agreements with China. This makes the city quite dependent on its Dallas - Ft.worth International airport to further its goals. Most agree, and that the bulk of the increase is attributed to air shipments into the Nation’s third largest airport. The State of Texas confirms, it is the participation in air shipments to and from China that have led the overall increase in foreign trade and account for this city’s ability to compete and dominate on a global level in the International market.
It is no surprise, then, that Information Technology professionals lead the way in employment, and are those in highest demand, in the Dallas, Texas area. As proof, you need only compare average starting wages for Dallas area IT positions to see that it is true. In fact, the entire state of Texas makes up over one third of the entire Nation’s new jobs. For example in September, the state data crunchers reported an increase of 68,700 new jobs in the Dallas area alone. Thus, making the state of Texas and the metropolitan area of Dallas - Ft. Worth the job gain capital of the Nation. This year alone, job gains for the state of Texas are suggested to be 91,000 total new additions into the work force.
So, truth be told and numbers be correct, Dallas, Texas is the place to go for a job and offers the highest potential for entry level workers to obtain higher wages than any other city in the United States of America.
With a 5 percent unemployment rate, Las Vegas, Nevada is fairing slightly worse than the rest of the nation. In September, the US average showed that 4.7 percent of individuals couldn't find work, which was up .1 percent from the previous month. With statistics like this, the news that a local call center is closing does not bode well for those looking for Las Vegas jobs.
The Connection, a Minnesota based company, recently announced that it would be closing its doors after seven years in business. This will leave approximately 57 individuals without a Las Vegas job. According to the company's president, Fred Wiener, the hiring pool in the area is too small to support the two call centers that existed in the area. The Connection handled inbound calls for several different companies, but will be closed by late November. With call centers offering entry-level job opportunities, the fact that the company is pulling out of the area may decrease the number of these positions in the area.
Although there will soon be less entry level Las Vegas jobs, predictions show that there will soon be an increase in hiring in the financial and accounting sector. A survey conducted by Robert Half International found that they Las Vegas job outlook in this area for the fourth quarter showed that employers are optimistic. The results showed that 12 percent of chief financial officers (CFO's) in the area planned to add to their already existing staff in the fourth quarter of 2007. On the other hand, 7 percent of those polled said that they expected a reduction in the number of Las Vegas jobs they provide.
This still leaves a net 5 percent of CFO's who plan to be hiring in the year's last quarter, which is a two point gain from the previous quarter. Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International said that “[t]he most experienced candidates are receiving multiple employment offers, and more organizations are extending counteroffers to retain top performers.”
To reach these results, Robert Half polled 200 different CFO's in the area. All of the companies that participated in the survey employ at least 20 individuals in the Las Vegas area.