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The Unexpected Skill That Job Seekers Need To Get Hired

September 3, 2014 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Forbes

When it comes to finding a job, meeting the minimum requirements isn't enough to get you hired. There are many other qualified candidates who can check all the boxes too. So how can you gain a competitive edge?

Get ready for your close-up because video has become as essential as the resume - (even if you aren't currently looking for a job). Whether you're pounding the pavement, angling for a promotion, or building your client base, there are three types of videos you need to master.

1. Video interviews.

More and more, hiring managers are using video to interview candidates. Studies from 2012 indicate that about 63% of HR managers said their companies conduct job interviews via video, a huge increase over just 14% in 2011. It makes sense that video is booming in popularity; it's an inexpensive way to enrich the experience of learning about a job candidate, and it lets managers extend the pool by eliminating geographic boundaries. Some video interviews are conducted in real-time using Skype or other videoconferencing tools - meaning you have one chance to deliver that amazing first impression.

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