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7 Video Cover Letter Tips to Get the Interview

Published August 16th, 2017 by Joseph

7  Video Cover Letter Tips to Get the Interview

Many employers are implementing video cover letters into the application process in order to be considered for a role. A video gives candidates the chance to be vibrant on camera and to show off their personality to stand out. People process images 60,000 times faster than reading text, according to research compiled by 3M. Hiring managers are more likely to walk away remembering more information about the applicant than by just reading their resume. For somebody that does not have the most qualified resume compared to another candidate, this is a great way to win over an employer by gluing them to your content and being different. The video should be so intriguing that it sucks in the employer to want to learn more. With today’s phone technology and social apps, all you need is a phone with a video camera and apps like Instagram or Snapchat in order to making a professional looking video! These apps give one all the tools to make a video as personal and creative as possible. Video cover letters are the new norm and we have you covered on the best video resume tips to get the interview.


1. Be Technically Sound

The little things go a long way when it comes to creating a professional looking video. Be sure to check that the sound is working correctly before starting, muffled sounds will immediately disinterest a hiring manager. A high definition webcam is also a great idea, when you look good, you feel good and will perform good! A stunning clear video will come off professional to hiring managers leaving them wanting to hear more, the last thing they want to see is a pixelated screen that looks like it's from the 90s. Once the webcam is ready and sound is clear, the cameras can begin rolling!


2. Have a Plan

To ensure the video cover letter hits every point one wants to touch on and to sound professional, it is a good idea to make a list beforehand of all the important topics to discuss. Make sure to mix it up between things about your professional career and your personal life, hiring managers often try to connect with candidates about their personal life to make a human connection.


3. Keep it Concise 

Keep the video cover letter concise and to the point! The average human gets distracted during a video within the first 30 seconds, state your message and successfully get it across before that mark. This will resonate with the individual much more than trying to overload information into a longer formatted video.


4. Be Original 

The ultimate way to wow a hiring manager is being different and genuine. Hiring managers review too many cover letters and resumes to count so the last thing they are looking for is another generic video that sounds like everything else. They are seeking a candidate that is confident and delivering a message they truly believe in. It is definitely refreshing to see a video that displays passion and something outside the box.


5. Be Fluent

Something to avoid in the video cover letter is to stumble on words or to come off like you don’t know what you’re talking about. Be sure to keep doing takes until the video is completely fluent with no stutters or pauses and to use vocabulary one would use in an actual job interview. One thing that makes hiring mangers absolutely cringe is when candidates speak in slang or as if they are talking amongst their peers. Keep doing takes until you find that perfect one! 

 

6. It’s Not How you Start…It’s How you Finish

For the video cover letter to have a lasting impact on the hiring manager, have a powerful ending message that captures the manager in. What one signs off with is what the manager is going to take away from the video and that will be noted when reviewing the resume. Try to end with a statement that shows you’re passionate about the position and what personally can be done to better the company that other candidates cannot. 

 

7. Make Several Versions

The nice thing about making a generic cover letter is once it’s done, it is usually applicable to most applications and can be posted on LinkedIn for all users to view. This allows one to send content out to a lot more companies much faster. On the other hand, certain edits must be made to the video cover letter for more specific job opportunities to be more appropriate for the position. 

There is no need to get nervous, get in a relaxed mindset and be yourself on camera! Following these video cover letter tips will help land that job interview and get one step closer to landing that dream job.  
 

 

Gain a Competitive Edge: Learn AngularJS

Published November 21st, 2016 by Brittany

Gain a Competitive Edge: Learn AngularJS

Want to learn more about AngularJS and why it is one of the hottest skills in the job market? Look no further. 

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As a staffing and recruiting company, Comrise has seen a sharp increase in demand for candidates with AngularJS in their skill set. Things have shifted and it is no longer a “nice to have” skill but rather a “need to have” to be a hot candidate on the market. Many tech jobs including web development, computer programming and software/application development now require candidates to be proficient in AngularJS. According to CareerBuilder, the demand for workers with this particular skill set continuously grew month over month throughout the beginning of 2016. This past September, AngularJS job openings hit a peak of 10,000+ positions nationwide compared to less than 4,000 two years ago. If you are already proficient in AngularJS read no further, apply today with Comrise

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What exactly is AngularJS?

AngularJS is a JavaScript  framework used for creating single page web applications. AngularJS lets you extend HTML vocabulary for your applications. The result is an expressive, readable and quick to develop environment. AngularJS is a very popular tool in the market. Some of the most frequented websites such as Youtube, Amazon, Forbes and Prezi are built with this software.

Why is AngularJS so popular?

AngularJS allows you to create applications in a faster and more efficient way. Using it effectively cuts development time in half versus building an application from scratch without it. One its best features is the versatile templating engine, which allows you to write HTML templates with special tags. Additionally, AngularJS is backed by Google, which means it is regularly improved and is well documented.

How does AngularJS work?

AngularJS provides a framework, so instead of writing code freely, you can streamline the way you write your applications by following a set standard. This allows you to take advantage of the framework’s built-in features such as templating, filter, two-way data binding and more.

AngularJS helps create single page applications so that, regardless of the size of your application, the browser will load a single page. Any additional content will also be loaded to the page as needed. Most users won’t be able to tell the difference and, in many cases, it loads faster since it only loads the content that is needed instead of the whole page.

What to do next?

If you have a strong grasp of JavaScript, you should be able to quickly understand and learn how to use and become an AngularJS developer! There are many free resources online to learn and develop your AngularJS skills. Learning Angular JS with Learn-Angular.org as well as Codeschool are great places to start. After you learn the basics, it is important to stay relevant on updates and trends. A way to do this is by joining AngularJS communities on LinkedIn and Google groups. Wait no more, start your journey towards AngularJS today!

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LinkedIn + IT Professionals = A Match Made in Heaven

Published June 19th, 2016 by Mak

With the development of the social networking site LinkedIn, the job market is more open than ever if you’re searching for a a career as an IT professional. LinkedIn makes it unbelievably easy to find open jobs by offering a search engine that allows you to search for the exact type of IT job you’re looking for. If you know how to find hiring managers on LinkedIn, you’re one step closer to finding the IT job of your dreams. However, you won’t have to look too hard, because in 2012, 93% of the recruiters on LinkedIn were looking for professionals, too.

First Degree Connection

A first degree connection on LinkedIn is someone that is directly connected to you. These first degree connections might be friends, acquaintances, or people you have met online using message boards or groups. By linking with people who you know to be hiring managers, you have a better chance of finding a job–and quicker. LinkedIn allows you to message your first degree connections, which makes it easier for you to get the word out that you’re searching for a job.

Second Degree Connection

A second degree connection is a connection of someone who you are connected to. If you have put out the word to your first degree connections, oftentimes they are able to set up an introduction for you to someone they are connected to–someone who may be looking for a new employee with your skill set. Taking advantage of your second degree connections is a great way to gain access to open positions.

Group Discussions

Groups are a great feature of LinkedIn. There are many different types of groups you can join, and you’re bound to find one that appeals to your area of expertise. By engaging yourself in group discussions, you may find job opportunities that you wouldn’t have come across otherwise. Spend some time with your groups. Check your profile and make sure that it is completed, and then join in with group conversations. Groups are a great way to build your reputation and connect with people who might be able to help you in your job search.

The Comrise Sales and Recruiting team uses LinkedIn every day to connect with hiring managers and job candidates like yourself. Connect with us today to find out how we can use our combined connections to help you leverage your next IT or Big Data job.

Use Your Communication Skills to Land a Great IT Job

Published June 19th, 2016 by Mak

While many in the information technology field may take offense at Ryan Tate’s March 2012 Gawker.com article, “The Tech Industry’s Asperger Problem: Affliction Or Insult?” which pokes fun at Mark Zuckerberg and others in the world of technology by inferring that they exhibit Asperger-like behavior, many outside the field might tend to agree.

One of the most difficult issues that many tech employees have when looking for IT jobs is the ability to communicate with those outside their area of expertise. As writer and HR consultant Deborah S. Hildebrand suggests in her article, “Best Job Interview Tips for Information Technology Job Seekers,” IT job seekers can seem a bit like the brainiac character Sheldon Cooper on the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.”

Hildebrand offers these tips for IT job seekers to consider when looking for a new position.

  • Control your desire to pontificate. You know a lot and you want everyone else to know it or perhaps you can’t help but share. If this is the case, here are two suggestions. Contain yourself until you’re sure of the level of understanding of the other person and learn to adjust your communication for those who lack a strong technology background.
  • Don’t allow your spotlight to shine too brightly. While it is important to make sure you stand out for your accomplishments, don’t forget you are not alone. Be sure to speak about team projects and achievements as well.
  • Seek more information. While you’re busy sharing the stage with team mates, don’t forget to share it with the interviewer. Allow the recruiter or hiring manager an opportunity to provide more information by asking questions. “Otherwise, they’re liable to think you lack curiosity or true interest in the job.”
  • If you know it, show it. Be prepared to demonstrate your tech skills. Practice the night before by writing code and check out Codility.com for a sample test.

Communication isn’t just about talking. It is about exchanging information. You can do that orally as well as in writing. IT job seekers need to be able to demonstrate both. As Hildebrand writes, “No one knows better than you what you are capable of doing. Learn how to communicate properly before your next job interview.”

For more information on conducting a job search or for help finding the right IT opportunity for you, contact us.

Video Interviewing, or Video Screening?

Published July 28th, 2015 by Mak

Modern IT technology has made video interviewing an affordable and feasible option, and has largely been able to replace the high travel and accommodation costs of candidates who may ultimately end up giving poor interviews. However, what if we moved the video portion of the process to a step earlier? Two companies have developed solutions for effective video screening, making it possible to perform the rapid assessment and filtering of many candidates afforded by a phone screen — but with all of the face-to-face richness offered by video.

Wowzer

Wowzer founder and CEO Rodrigo Martinezset out to create a video screening technology because he felt that there was not enough interchange between recruiter and candidate during the initial screen, and too much inefficiency in asking the same structured set of questions over and over. The set of questions and basic assessment given to a candidate tells the recruiter about a candidate’s basic skills, but not much about how the candidate fits into the culture of the hiring company — which often means much more when it comes to a new hire working out.

The technology actually allows the company to put their image forward and let the candidates respond at their own pace. The recruiter only has to perform the interview once, then the candidates submit their video responses asynchronously, thereby cutting down screening time by quite a bit, while also giving the hiring managers a much more solid feel of the candidates.

Interview4

The company Hire-Intelligence offers a system called Interview4, which has a similar concept to Wowzer. Their experience with video interviewing goes back to 1987, in response to what was becoming a costly situation of bringing in so many candidates to interview, only for them to be rejected almost immediately. Like Wowzer, it’s built around the idea of the structured, pre-recorded interview that candidates can respond to at their leisure.

At Comrise, our recruiters and clients use video interviews to speed up the hiring process and ensure high-caliber talent. But can video screening actually manage to displace the traditional phone screen, and is this new technology a boon for hiring managers? What do you think?