This week in our ongoing series of video resumes for every career type and job seeker, we come to the brains behind the video resume software: computer science workers. Yes, without our computer genius friends- and family in my case- you wouldn’t be reading this, and probably wouldn’t be considering a video resume. That is, unless you are a broadcast journalism major. So this week is for you computer science majors; why you should consider video resumes in your job search.
The first reason is quite simple: why not? You’re not going to be able to convey your skill set with a traditional resume more effectively than you would with a video resume. Plus, you might try a video resume to stand out and make a name for yourself. Given the still prominence of traditional resumes, video resumes give job seekers a chance to separate themselves from the competition. Utilizing a video resume makes sense for job seekers looking to break the mold while demonstrating key trends. In a less traditional job market, this is something that computer science workers may be more interested in.
Along those same lines, many computer science workers will look for jobs with emerging companies and those on top of the technology curve. This makes it even more important to stay ahead of trends as a job seeker. As video resumes continue to grow in popularity, job seekers can make themselves attractive to fresh, new companies while using the video technology to demonstrate a grasp of computer trends.
Finally, while communication skills aren’t quite as necessary for computer science workers as for those working in marketing or other fields, you still put yourself in a better position to receive an interview if you appear poised, confident and well-spoken right off the bat. Composing yourself adequately on camera lets employers know you can meet with key stakeholders and may be a good fit in the company culture.
Computer science workers may not be the most obvious candidates for video resumes, but as pioneers of emerging technologies it only makes sense for them to employ new concepts in their job search.
Are you a computer science job seeker? What do you think of using video resumes in your job search? Let us know in the comments section below!
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