The feel-good story of the week is the one where a homeless man named Ted Williams, now known as the man with the Golden Radio Voice, managed to find himself a job in radio by holding a cardboard sign in the Columbus, OH area.
A local reporter taped him, and put the tape on YouTube, and the video received millions of hits. Soon the job offers started pouring in. People liked the story. While I do admire the man's creativity, and am happy for him, I can't help feeling sorry for all of the broadcasting students who have managed to stay off the drugs and alcohol, and who have been pounding the pavement to find work to pay off their student loans.
What if they want to create viral videos of themselves to get a job? They can try, but getting a video to go viral is often a matter of luck. It might not be a bad idea, however, to consider the idea of including a video resume in your portfolio. Sites like VideoResumes.us.com give you a place to host such videos, or you can use any video site, such as YouTube.
OEDb has some great information on How to Create a Video Resume. Once the video is online, a link can be included on your social networking profiles, and/or with any resume you send electronically by e-mail.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.