We got a resume that was 30 pages long. It included a CD with all the documents and even more information. Karen and I laughed about the ego of the guy who did it. We looked through it to see why he thought he needed so much information. We called and talked to him and told him it was too much. In short, it was the perfect resume.
The perfect resume gets read, discussed, carefully checked and finally gets a call to the person who sent it. It wasn’t until a year later that I realized just how effective that huge resume had been. I had called and discussed a lot of details with the owner. Perfect.
Enterprising job searchers have come up with a lot of ways to set their resumes apart. Different kinds of paper, a CD, a business card sized CD, audio, video, youtube, a 5 word cover letter, photos, a sculpture included in a box, candy, and a singing delivery person have all been used. The idea is to do something that sets you apart in a positive manner. It also has to be something that does not diminish your printed out email resume.
Adding audio or video is relatively simple. My next two letters will detail different ways to add references you can see or hear. One is using a telephone. It is extremely easy. The other requires a recorder, software and a website. If you want to make a real audio or video production, it is the way to go.
Is audio for you? Do you want your references to be instantly available to anyone who gets your resume. Will your own voice get you calls for interviews? You’ll have to decide. I’ll show you how to do it.
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Are your references willing to be recorded? Find out.
Later: The easy way to add audio to your resume