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Video Resumes for Sports

In continuation of our series on why video interviews are well-suited for nearly every position and category, we head over to the world of sports. For job seekers looking for a position in the sports industry, video resumes are an innovative way to make an impression in the ultra-competitive world of sports.

With all the different leagues and responsibilities in the sports industry, there are endless possibilities for those in the sports job search. However, the semi-static nature of leagues and teams make opportunities pretty scarce. Subsequently, video resumes have the power to get you noticed right away amidst a pile of traditional resumes. Plus, the ability of job seekers to catch an employer’s eye in the field of sports is critical.

If applying for a coaching position, or one that requires playing experience, a video resume would be the perfect outlet for job seekers to showcase their athletic skills. And for those job seekers with more athletic prowess and an interest in film, they can always use a video resume to seek out a career as a sports coordinator. Seriously, can you think of a better outlet for video resumes than for a position coordinating sports scenes for TV and film?

Even if you don’t possess Lebron James-like abilities on the court, a video resume can help you show employer’s your knowledge of sports. For instance, post your favorite jersey or mascot poster on the wall behind your webcam. Don’t go overboard so as to distract the person interviewing you, but subtle hints in the background are things that will not come across in print resumes or in traditional interviews. Job seekers need to look at the details when in the job search and video resumes are unique tools to showcase those details.

If you think video resumes are just for the athletically challenged check out this video resume from locked-out NHL star, and Montreal Canadians defensive man, P.K. Subban. During the lockout these players are just as much in the job search as other job seekers. You probably shouldn’t tell a potential employer you are really bored, but there’s no arguing that Subban shows, rather than tells, his audience his accomplishments. Take this same approach in your video resume and you may end your job search much earlier than with just a traditional resume.

Have you used video resumes in your job search? How did it work out? Let us know about it in the comments section below!

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Jen Schiller

Jen works as a Marketing Project Manager for a restaurant, a kitchen assistant for cooking classes, helps with database management, does some freelance writing, and more. She received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Government & Politics in 2011. Currently, she resides in the Washington, D.C. area and is an avid sports fan.