With advancements in technology and social platforms, everything from Facebook to LinkedIn and other social media sites can help you get a job or advance your current career. Even online video sites, such as YouTube, can help you meet your career goals.
As of 2013, YouTube had more than one billion users and four billion views each day. This number has only grown and has no end in sight.
Use this, and other video sites, to your advantage when it comes to your career.
3 Ways Online Video Sites Help Your Career
Videos are naturally a better way to get a job than just sending out a resume simply because the employer can actually see you, hear what you have to say and relate to you. Paper resumes just don’t have the same personal feel that an online video can provide.
So, how exactly should you use these online video sites to help you with your career?
- Showcase your personality – Employers love to see passion in people, people that can laugh at themselves and people who are friendly. Most likely, you have a great personality that any employer would love to have. In your video, be yourself! Don’t be drab and boring, but instead try to bring life to the camera. Act as though you’re on an interview and having a conversation with the viewer, not just sitting in your living room in front of a webcam.
- Be creative – Make a video that will stand out amongst the rest. Highlight your strengths while also making sure to state why you’d be a good fit for the job. Be specific in the type of video you create. In other words, create separate videos for each specific job instead of just one all-encompassing video (though, ideally you’ll have both). Think of the video from the employer’s perspective – would you want to watch what you just created? If not, rethink your goals and strategies for the video.
- Use video sites as a learning tool – Video websites – including YouTube, Hulu, Vimeo, Ustream, Howcast, Vevo and more – aren’t just for posting your own videos, but they can also be used as a learning tool in helping you advance your career or further your education.
According to the article “YouTube’s Education Channels Offer Wealth of Lessons,” YouTube offers a variety of quality educational videos, including lectures from respected professors and short “crash course” style videos on a variety of subjects.
Who knew that YouTube and other online video platforms could not only help land you a job, but also help you gain knowledge and further your education?
Next time you get the urge to watch music videos or cute laughing baby videos, try giving an educational video a try.
You’ll probably end up fascinated, and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two in the meantime!
About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. New to the city, she enjoys house-hunting, trying new restaurants and spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters. She writes on topics including social media, careers and personal finance.