What is an Audio Resume?
Audio resumes are basically a presentation of your verbal skills, that include communication and vocabulary and maybe even your knowledge of the opportunity. Just like cover letters, these introduce you to the prospective employer and allow him to make a judgement on the basis of your effort. These can be leave-behinds — things that you leave behind in an interview to get you the job, or be forwarded beforehand to give the hiring person an idea about what you bring to the position.
Why do I need an Audio Resume?
Because, it’s trending. Gone are the days, where you could just walk in a suit, with your resume on a paper, in hand and charm your way through the interview. There are thousands of people who are capable of doing that. With growing number of job seekers; all equally qualified, it is important to be ‘First Amongst Equals’
Job markets have changed over the past couple of decades and the rate of change is certainly increasing and it is therefore necessary to remain up-to-date with the current trends and the current eye-catchers. J. Maureen Henderson writes on forbes.com, “Landing a job is no longer a matter of writing a better resume, a stronger cover letter or sending out a greater number of applications, but using all of the tools at your disposal (both technological and face-to-face) to create a compelling, personal business case for the value you would bring to a given organization.
Here are 5 things to ensure that when you do send an audio resume, you do it well:
1) Experimentation is not for everyone:
Jenny Foss, a career expert explains – “ I recruit within the robotics industry – who would laugh me out the door if I sent them a creative infographic instead of a resume for a candidate.” Check out your prospective employer, see what drives the organisation, its philosophy and the way it functions before sending in an audio-resume which they may not appreciate or may reject outright. A good way to do that is to see it’s advertising and marketing strategy which’ll have all the tell tale signs.
On that note, that audio resume should always go as an attachment to your traditional resume as the X – factor, not as a substitute.
2) Understand the difference between an Audio Resume and a traditional one:
Like already mentioned, audio resumes are not a replacement for traditional resumes but rather supplement the audio resume. Think of it as an actors audition – he or she’ll have a printed resume but still has to give give an audition to impress the casting agent. The audio resume could either have the highlights of your career, education and life — in that order or some experiences that you’d like to share. Speak about things you enjoyed working on, and would hope to accomplish with the organisation. Nothing gives away your enthusiasm than your voice!
3) Keep it Short Silly!:
And simple too! Make a list of things, you’d like to say and bring it down to things you’d want to say. Then take a breather and remove things which would do if not mentioned, and finally boil down to things that you absolutely must say. Basically an audio resume should be long enough to leave an impact and short enough to remain interesting and while that balance rests on a whole number of factors, it is best to keep the audio in between 1 to 2 minutes. We leave it to your discretion!
Generally, the things that are supposed to be spoken when recording a resume are:
1. An introduction of yours and your current occupation and place.
2. A clear and effective career objective.
3. Your major achievements and a brief description of your qualifications and job profiles till date.
Not in terms of file size, no. This is in terms of the content. Try and include small nuggets of wisdom you gained by your previous experience or talk about a good example of where your skills were put to the test, but keep the sound of your voice affable, rather than serious. Crack a joke, if you want to, or tell a completely unrelated incident and use it to steer to your area of expertise. However, whatever you do, remember to always be professional. Nothing on your resume should come close to being construed as offensive.
5) Go over the basics:
Who’d want to hire an employee who doesn’t give attention to the details? Take some time to think about the noises that could interfere with the recording, such as fans and TVs, and go to a quiet spot so that these are effectively countered and then record in peace. While recording, just as when speaking in public, remember to pace your speech and speak in a level volume and pitch. Record in a good format, MPEG4 maybe, and ensure that everything is running smoothly before you record your final resume. Do a pre-recording run, goof around, put yourself in a good mood! Bring a smile to your face and record ahead!
These tips, will help you in landing that perfect opportunity which you’ve waited for, but this isn’t the end of the line, there is more to come, and an audio interview is just one stem of many that’ll take you to newer heights in your career.