A couple of months ago, I had a second round interview for a job I was really interested in.  In this economy, I am seeing that companies are hiring, there are just a lot of candidates applying for each open position. So, I started thinking about a way that I could stand out from the other candidates applying for this job.

Part of the job description had to do with internet marketing, so I decided it would be a great idea to make a video thank you note, which would be a great way to stand out from other candidates, to market myself, and to utilize an online technique to show my comfort level with using technology.

Here’s the result of my first video:

This first one took me a long time to record, compress and upload, but I’ve now done three, and they’re a snap! Here’s how I do it:

  • Make notes on what you would like to say in the thank you note. It’s best to not read every line (like I did in this video… my subsequent ones are better, but the job searches are still active so I’m not ready to share), but to just look at brief notes
  • Put your notes as close to the webcam viewer as possible, so your eyes will be looking close to the camera
  • The video above is close to 4 minutes, but I would recommend keeping it under 2 minutes
  • Compress the video file in Windows Movie Maker (import the file, right click on the file to publish it, select compress)
  • Upload the video to YouTube
  • Email the link to your contacts

I have received positive feedback on the videos I’ve recorded.  I’m still looking for a job, but I do believe it has helped to get me to stand out from the other candidates.

What do you think?  Do you like this idea?  Have you ever heard of anyone doing this before?

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    • http://twitter.com/bostonmarketer/statuses/1035555088 bostonmarketer (Rachel Levy)

      Are your thank you notes boring? Try a video! http://tinyurl.com/6lpxro

    • http://twitter.com/skaufman24 Scott Kaufman

      Great tips on doing the videos.

      Your 3 videos are public on Youtube, mixed in with your others. What if you want them private?

      Good luck!

    • http://twitter.com/skaufman24 Scott Kaufman

      Great tips on doing the videos.

      Your 3 videos are public on Youtube, mixed in with your others. What if you want them private?

      Good luck!

    • http://www.rachel-levy.com Rachel Levy

      Good question Scott. You can mark a video private, and just only the people you specify can see the video.

    • Rachel Levy

      Good question Scott. You can mark a video private, and just only the people you specify can see the video.

    • http://sarahmontague.wordpress.com/ Sarah Montague

      Hi Rachel, I found your blog via Twitter. Overdrive is a social media agency in Boston/Brighton that is hiring. You’ll find them on twitter too. In fact the tweeted about jobs recently. I used to be a client of theirs. Like them a lot.

      Good luck.

      Sarah

      Sarah Montague’s last blog post..Love the one you’re with.

    • http://sarahmontague.wordpress.com Sarah Montague

      Hi Rachel, I found your blog via Twitter. Overdrive is a social media agency in Boston/Brighton that is hiring. You’ll find them on twitter too. In fact the tweeted about jobs recently. I used to be a client of theirs. Like them a lot.

      Good luck.

      Sarah

      Sarah Montague’s last blog post..Love the one you’re with.

    • http://twitter.com/bostonmarketer/statuses/1052727894 bostonmarketer (Rachel Levy)

      Are your thank you notes boring? Try a video?http://tinyurl.com/6lpxro

    • Anonymous

      Hi Rachel – This is an absolutely wonderful idea. I would certainly be impressed if someone sent me a video after an interview.

      By the way – re. the interview on my blog – I’ll email you shortly. I am not used to video and I’m wondering if I would need to be on it also? I’m kind of camera shy.

    • http://www.cathlawson.com/blog Cath Lawson

      Hi Rachel – This is an absolutely wonderful idea. I would certainly be impressed if someone sent me a video after an interview.

      By the way – re. the interview on my blog – I’ll email you shortly. I am not used to video and I’m wondering if I would need to be on it also? I’m kind of camera shy.

    • http://www.happyburping.com/ Liesl Dana

      Rachel,

      I think this is a great idea. It is definitely the way of the future – it shows creativity hand in hand with current technology. If I interviewed you I’d be very impressed!

    • http://www.happyburping.com Liesl Dana

      Rachel,

      I think this is a great idea. It is definitely the way of the future – it shows creativity hand in hand with current technology. If I interviewed you I’d be very impressed!

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