So maybe you want to be an event planner but you just haven’t found the right job opportunity.
Well, when you finally do find it, I’m here to help you consider a video resume.
A video resume is “a short video created by a candidate for employment that describes the individual’s skills and qualifications and is typically used to supplement a traditional resume.” It is what it says it is, basically.
- it is your chance to show off your speaking skills to your potential employer before you are called in for an interview.
- If you’re applying for a media, online, or public relations position, then the video resume will show your relevant skills.
- Discuss a skill set or work experience you have and use it as a chance to tell your potential employer why they should hire you.
- It does not replace your traditional resume. You must still tailor your paper resume to include exciting verbs and concise skills.
- Some employers do not accept video resumes to avoid potential discrimination or hiring based on appearance.
- Applicant Tracking Systems will not be able to scan your video resume for relevant words and may eliminate you from the hiring process.
A video resume is not for everyone. But if you think potential employers in your career field will appreciate and acknowledge the additional effort, grab your camera and try it. Figure out what works for you and be sure to tell me how it goes!
The one mistake you will most certainly make as an event planner is capitalizing on the work of unpaid interns. Go for it! You’re pinching pennies, right? No one is stopping you, right? You’re giving them valuable experience and they should have to work hard for it, right?
Ummm. Maybe. Yeah. Probably.
So, don’t be mad at me… but you’re kinda wrong.
If you think about it, unpaid interns are modern-day slave labor. If you’ve ever been an intern, you know that interns are forced to do grunt work with a smile. They spend days building their resume with free labor and nights working retail or food service jobs trying to make enough money to survive. What’s worse is if the internship is a college requirement, the students are literally paying to work for you.
Without “valuable” internship experience, very few companies will hire an applicant. However, those who cannot afford to work for free will lose that opportunity of experience to those who can. Some websites are even looking for unpaid interns whose stories could support a possible change in law. And lately, my view has been quite similar to theirs.
Employers’ failure to compensate interns for their work, and the prevalence of the practice nationwide, curtails opportunities for employment, fosters class divisions between those who can afford to work for no wage and those who cannot, and indirectly contributes to rising unemployment.
Several public relations professionals who I’ve spoken with gave me this piece of advice: never work for free.
So, gather volunteers! Give community service hours! But from the prospective of someone who is dying to show what she can do, but cannot afford to do it for free, avoid “employing” unpaid interns.