One of the most innovative, creative, and fun ways of job searching is to use multimedia. It has almost limitless potential to present yourself in an inventive way to a huge group of people. It can also demonstrate some of those all-important soft skills that employers are looking for: communication, creative thinking, self-confidence, and motivation. So let’s look at and consider how to use multimedia as a job search tool.
An Online PowerPoint Presentation
What about putting your resume into a PowerPoint slideshow? While PowerPoint may make many people groan, it is still a great way to present information to a wide audience. It is particularly useful for college grads whose resumes have yet to reach two pages. You can use SlideShare.com to create an online presentation that can be sent to prospective employers. The keys to using PowerPoint is a simple one: Keep it short, punchy, and on topic.
A QR (Quick Response) code can bring life to your resume, particularly if used creatively. QR codes take just seconds to create, and it can be done for free! They are particularly great if there are things that you cannot include on your resume, or if you want to give further detail without adding to the length of your cover letter or resume. They can link to any online resource, so they can be used in conjunction with YouTube, SlideShare, your blog, and other mediums. If you are a designer or developer you should seriously consider using QR codes to link to a portfolio of your work.
Creating a video or a set of clips showing different skills and using YouTube to promote it can be a great and fun way to show your prospective employers how innovative you are. Share it with your friends, and use it as your very own infomercial. One of the major benefits of using this method is that it shows you as a real person – a personality, not just a piece of paper on a desk.
The potential of a using multimedia to get an entry-level job is great. For example, a college student with a good degree in creative design was nearing graduation and decided to take a novel approach to her job hunt. Her resume was simply a QR code in the center of a piece of paper that she sent to 10 companies she had researched and really wanted to work for. The QR code took her prospective employer to a YouTube video. In the video, she talked about her college degree, volunteer work, and used a PowerPoint slideshow to outline a project where she led a team of people. All 10 companies invited her to interview, and four offered her an entry-level job.
Luck? No. She achieved this success via planning, hard work, a professional approach, and creative thinking. If most employees aren’t using multimedia as a job search tool, you can stand out from the pack by doing so.