"I found a job thanks to the buzz I created online"
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Some job-hunters will to anything for their CV to stand out, like try to hype it up on the Internet. Two Observers decided to put try their luck using social networks and video sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Daily motion to spread their video CVs far and wide. So did it work? Did employers return their calls and, ultimately, hire them? Read more...
Some job-hunters will to anything for their CV to stand out, like try to hype it up on the Internet. Two Observers decided to put try their luck using social networks and video sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Daily motion to spread their video CVs far and wide. So did it work? Did employers return their calls and, ultimately, hire them?
“I created a buzz but no one hired me”
Yu-Yan Cheung tried to promote himself online by making a video-CV that he posted on his Facebook profile. Buzz there was, but not the job he was looking for.
I posted my video CV on the Internet last summer, and created a Facebook page "A job for Yu-Yan !". I also contacted several bloggers and got positive feedback. My page was posted on several entertainment websites, and became one of the first video CVs to create a buzz. That's what I wanted, to prove I was capable of creating a positive buzz around a project.
I came up with the idea of an online video naturally; I am part of the Internet and video generation after all. I wrote the scenario and script, then got film director friends to help me with the project, it was all pretty do-it-yourself.
I'd had bad previous experiences looking for jobs, it's long, stressful and not always successful. So I decided that rather than knock on doors for nothing, I would let people interested in my profile come to me. So I tried to market myself the as well as possible. In the job market, we become products that need to be advertised and sold! But I didn't want to become a circus case.
Unfortunately, the only job offers I got were in sales and PR, not the kind of marketing jobs I was looking for. The experience actually helped me realise that maybe marketing wasn't for me! I made the video because I wanted to be hired by a company with a young and creative atmosphere, and I came to the conclusion that my profile was more creative than business-oriented. So I changed tracks, re-modelled my CV, put together a project book... In the end I was hired as an intern in a communications agency. I showed them my video CV, and they loved it!"
“I turned down two job offers”
Nicolas Catard's Facebook profile says he's "in-between jobs", but two weeks ago, this IT project manager found the job of his dreams, thanks to a quirky home-made music video featuring himself called "I want a job". The video was an online hit after he posted it to all his friends and contacts on social networks.
I was hired last January by Microsoft, but I quickly realised the job didn't really interest me. I decided to find a new job before the end of my trial period, in May. And I knew I needed an original idea to do it.
On March 21 found my great idea: a music video. I composed the song, wrote the lyrics, and gave myself a month to put the clip together. I filmed myself with my digital camera and edited the footage on my computer, then posted the video on Daily Motion on April 20. I added the link on my Facebook profile and sent it to all my contacts on LinkedIn and Viadeo, etc.
The response was almost immediate. The clip made all my friends laugh. The buzz reached several media outlets who used my video to illustrate articles on job hunting. The economic magazine "Courrier Cadres" posted it on its website's homepage. The article was posted on several blogs, job search sites etc. The buzz spread in France (DailyMotion posted it on its site) but people even heard about it in Belgium, Spain, Poland... So I succeeded in my first challenge: creating a buzz in less than a month. Next came my second challenge: finding a job before May.
I was called for around 20 interviews and turned down two job offers. Today I work with Kewego, an online videos website. I had sent them my CV before, but it just ended up somewhere in the middle of the pile. The buzz around the video made my candidacy stand out. It's not what made me get the job, however: I still had to be convincing during the interview - that's where my previous experience came in.
Once I found a new job I made a second video, called "I found a job". DailyMotion put it on its website again. Lots of other job hunters who had contacted me after the first video participated in making this second one.
However, I would recommend all those seriously looking for a job to find another, original idea. Online buzzes only work once, when they're new. If I had set myself up for auction on ebay like one job hunter did a few months ago, it wouldn't have worked."