Yesterday, I shared what was my favorite video resume (of all time). This round, I want to share my second most favorite video – Graeme Anthony C.V.I.V.
What is there to NOT like about this video? Its simple, creative and engaging without being too pushy. Instead of bragging about himself (which is sort of what you have to do), he details his skills in a clear, concise manner in an interactive format that you don’t see (at least, I haven’t) on other resumes. What is also interesting to note are the stats connected with his video. If you go to his YouTube channel, you will notice that there are no videos listed. When I click on the video and am taken to YouTube, I see that it has been viewed (at this writing) 48,263 times. It was uploaded on August 24, 2010, so that is indeed an impressive number for a video resume. (Trust me)
So, if his video is unlisted on YouTube (which means you have to know the URL to see the video), how did I initially see it? Someone passed me a link and no doubt, I wasn’t the only one to get it via Facebook or Twitter. This suggests to me that Mr. Anthony gets the viral nature of the web and I would wager, that most of the people who have viewed his video resume are people in his industry. (Am I right? Do tell me Graeme.)
I have always been a bit squeamish when it comes to video resumes. Speaking from a HR perspective, I don’t want to worry about the specter of discrimination or (worse yet) flip through hours of video when I barely have time to sift through piles of paper resumes. All that being said however, to me, the video resume makes sense in this case. If your field is in publicity, it would speak well of your skills if you could generate buzz around your resume. Make sense? Yeah, I think so too.
My favorite YouTube video resume (of all time) is Killer Appz by Daveberzack. Check it out for yourself and see why I say that this guy has mad skillz.
At this writing, this video has been viewed 131,040 times! That is a lot of video plays, but did it turn into a job? I wanted to find out, so I reached out to Dave Berzack for the answer.
Yo’ Dave Whaddup?! .
Sup, dawg. .
You got mad skillz! I totally dig your video. .
Thanks, man. I appreciate you sharing it with people. .
How did you come up with the idea to do this? How did it inspire you? .
Actually, an old friend of mine named David Warner did something like this a few years ago. It was very home-made, but he still got a good response. I wanted to see what would happen if I produced something more high-end. .
How long did it take you to plan it out and put it all together? .
I wrote the song quickly, and I recorded it in a few hours. The video took about a week of shooting and editing, but it was spread out over a few months because of scheduling issues. Doing it on a shoestring budget, we had to be flexible. .
It looked like an expensive production. Was it worth it? Did you get a lot of job offers? Actually, a better question to ask is, “Did companies take you seriously?” .
Actually the whole thing cost around $500, most of which paid for recording time at Patchwerk, an A-list hip-hop studio. I got the video produced in exchange for building the videographer a portfolio website. All the other people in the video are my friends. We had a really good time with it.
Did companies take me seriously? I’m sure lots didn’t, and I haven’t heard from them. But the ones that do obviously value creativity and individual thought, and those are the companies I want to work for. Was it worth it? Well, I’m working freelance and I’ve had enough projects to able to turn down projects, which is very helpful. It means I can focus on the work I want to do (Flash games and experiential microsites) and I can say no to projects when I have that bad feeling in my gut. .
Your video has been seen over 130,000 times since July and based on the stats in YouTube the traffic is not decreasing anytime soon. How did you make that happen? .
Well, I compiled a list of award-winning firms around the world, all the agencies in Atlanta, and the top industry bloggers. Then I sent out a few hundred emails, which hit the core audience. A lot of people obviously liked the video because it went viral very quickly. Then it was featured on Attack of the Show – a mainstream TV program that features funny web videos. That was the kiss of death. You’d think that would cause a spike in views, but it didn’t and the view count slowed down after that. .
Would you advise other jobseekers to go this route? .
I think it’s a good strategy to be unique. What that means depends on who they are, what industry they’re in, and what they’re looking for. In my case, I’m an amateur musician, so I’m using those skills out of context to do something novel. And I work in a creative field that deals with marketing, so the video is relevant. It doesn’t just grab attention – it also proves that I have a knack for creating and producing something that grabs attention. I doubt that a goofy music spoof would be helpful in applying for, say, a financial analyst job. But I’m sure some other unconventional approach would. .
What’s next for you? Are you going to focus on the Nerdcore scene or stick with the day job?
I really enjoy my day job. I’d miss the creative challenge of working in Adobe Flash. But I’m also going to pursue the music thing more, getting into broader subject matter. Actually, I’ll be back in the studio tonight to record a little ditty about the Wikileaks debacle… .
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In part one, I showed you how to find work in other countries by doing a Google search based on a country top level domain. In this post, more of the same, umm… somewhat.
I was doing a bit of research on top level domains and I stumbled across some domains I was unfamiliar with. One of them was “.asia” which is a TLD for companies, organizations and individuals based in Asia, Australia and the Pacific. Hmm… What if I wanted to find not only jobs, but job boards specific to that region? And for the sake of demo, let’s say I wanted to restrict my search to engineering jobs. How would I do it?
Just in case my search bewilders you, this is what I am asking Google to do.
site:asia – Search only on websites that end with the top level domain of “.asia”
intitle:jobs – Only look for documents that have “jobs” in the title
intitle:search – Only look for documents that have search in the title.
And since I am looking for Engineering jobs, I added that keyword to my search.
Based on my results, I see that seekjobs.asia is pretty popular over there, along with a few others that I am too lazy to mention here. (Just do the search if you are curious.) Where did I get seekjobs.asia from? (Just in case you missed the obvious.) Look at the URL of the above search results! They are all www.seekjobs.asia/.. Get it? Good!
Do you know what a TLD (top level domain) is? Wikipedia describes it like this…
A top-level domain (TLD) is one of the domains at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the Internet. The top-level domain names are installed in the root zone of the name space. For all domains in lower levels, it is the last part of the domain name, that is, the last label of a fully qualified domain name.
That’s a bit verbose for my taste. I would simply say its the suffix of an internet address. For example… “.com,” “.net” or “.org.” Okay, now you know, so what does it matter? Well, it matters plenty if you are looking for work overseas.
Each country has its own TLD and as such, you can limit your Google searches for results that are only on that TLD. Umm… Okay, I’m losing you. Let me show you a few things.
Let’s say I wanted to find a Project Manager job in Australia. I would so a search like the one below. Just in case you are new to my jobsearch kungfu, this is what my search is asking Google to do.
site:au – Search for documents that are on the websites ending in “au” which is the top level domain for Australia.
intitle:jobs – Search for the word “jobs” in the title of a web document.
intitle:project.manager – Search for web documents that have “project manager” in its title
I want the words “submit” and “apply” in the results I find because on job descriptions I typically see “submit your resume” or “apply to this job.”
inurl:job – Finally, I am asking Google to restrict my search results to those documents that have “job” in its URL as well.
The advantage of this type of search is that Google indexes a lot of websites that you have never heard of and among them, job boards you’ve never heard of. So… Yeah, you get it. Search Google this way and you will find jobs in specific regions from job boards that you have never heard of. (Really cool!) Now this type of search will work with any TLD, so you can target any country you like. Here are a few more searches to spark your imagination.