Video Resume Guy

Video Resume Guy

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“If I show up at your door, chances are you did something to bring me there.” – Martin Blank

For the rest of my career, I will never forget “Video Email Guy”, he persisted and persisted that I purchase this software so I could send people videos of me reading my emails in video form. I never quite understood it, and obviously over 10 years later, it never caught on (thank God).

Well, since then, we have seen companies pushing people to do “Video Resumes” to promote themselves as viable candidates.

Well, to quote one of my favorite movies, Revenge of the Nerds, “Dear sirs, thank you for applying to Delta Kappa Gamma. We have gone over your application, and it wasn’t even close in the future, we recommend that you not include a group photo.”

Well, guess who did see them? That’s right, the one fraternity they didn’t send a group photo to, and the rest, as they say, is history.

So unless you are a supermodel or an actor/actress, why in the world would you let someone pick you apart from your physical appearance, not noticing your merit, experience and how you may be an asset to their company? Would you allow a hair cowleck or a newly formed zit ruin your chances to get a job?

Well, I would now like to show you the top worst video resumes that I have found:

1. Mr. Ketchup.

Wow. A pie chart? Your hired!

2. Mr. I just watched an episode of “How I Met Your Mother” and I am going to copy Barney’s video resume, hoping hiring managers don’t watch the show too…

WTF is “Aweserverance?”

3. Craigslist? Really?

4. And the winner…and the King of “Don’t Be That Guy”. Michael Spafferty.

Until next time, and don’t forget to read our other Don’t Be That Guy entries…

Bob Waltenspiel is one of the original founders and resident “Sales Guy” of the group, working for such tech giants as NTT, NEC, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and most recently Cisco Systems. Bob was recently awarded the Elite 40 under 40 designation from L Brooks Patterson, he serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Auburn Hills as well as sits on the Oakland County Business Roundtable. Bob is also on the Board of Directors for the German-American Marksmanship Club, served for 2 years as the President of the Auburn Elementary PTA, and is a regular speaker for the Michigan Shifting Gears program, winning 2013’s “Outstanding Contributor for the Transformation of Careers and Lives”.

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