Paper resumes just don’t sell like they used to

As my year in Turkey is coming to  a close, I find myself, yet again, on the hunt for a new job. It’s harder to stay away from the South than I thought it would be and I’ll probably end up back in North Carolina by August. But hopefully that doesn’t mean that I will move (again) without a job. While that did work out when I moved to Colorado, it can lead to a stressful month or so until you can get settled. So I am doing as much as I can in advance: I’ve applied to 30 jobs, signed up with the Southern Teachers Agency, and officially made my very first video resume.

That’s right, folks. Since I’m so far away, the agency recommended that I make a video resume to make my application more personal. I looked into it and apparently, this is quite the thing to do now, whether you’re abroad or not. It took a few days of researching, writing, filming, and editing, but I don’t think the final result wasn’t too bad (other than being a bit choppy).

In the meantime, if you’re interested in making a video resume of your own, here are some of the resources I used to help me:

http://www.southernteachers.com/Internal/CmsViewer.aspx?CmsPageListingId=34

http://mashable.com/2011/01/17/tips-video-resumes/

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/videoresumes/a/videoresume.htm

http://blog.mailvu.com/blog/sample-video-resume-script/

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