An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Video Resumes: the new trends and pitfalls!

Video Resumes seem to be growing around the world. As they say seeing is believing.. so the recruiting managers can now "see" the person – albeit in doctored scenario – and check him/her out for herself! This is what Sunday’s Hindustan Times says about this trend.

Well.. it should work as a no-brainer.. right? well not so quickly can you say yes on this! Like this guy from Yale came to know to his chagrin. Aleksey Vayner is a Yale senior who aspired to be an Investment Banker. He sent a video titled "Impossible is Nothing" (wrong grammar?) with his 11 page resume.. only to become the joke of Wall-Street!

Within hours scores of investment banks noticed his application, as bankers e-mailed the seven-minute video and turned Vayner into the biggest joke on Wall Street.

So what did he do to achieve this notoreity?

In his video, Vayner shows off his varied skills: lifting a 495-pound weight, ballroom dancing to Latin musak, serving a tennis ball at 140 miles an hour, and, as a dramatic conclusion, breaking seven bricks with a karate chop.

"Ignore the losers, bring your A-game, your determination and your drive to the field and success will follow you," advised the budding management guru in his slight Russian accent. "If you want to dance, dance," he says, before expertly waltzing a scantily clad woman around the room.

Vayner probably won’t be hired on Wall Street any time soon, but e-embarrassment doesn’t have to be career ending, says hiring experts. "You certainly have a reputation," says Richard Castellini Vice President of Consumer Marketing at CareerBuilder.com, "but still being young, someone might take a chance on you."

And Vayner is not alone.. his global "fame" was preceded by another over-zealous young man:

Vayner isn’t the first young employee to become a cyber legend. In 2001, Peter Chung, a 24-year-old Princeton grad working for The Carlyle Group in Korea, detailed his 2001 sexploits with Korean women. "CHUNG is going to f— every hot chick in Korea over the next 2 years (5 down, 1,000,000,000 left to go)." He resigned soon after the e-mail hit inboxes worldwide.

Here is Alex’s Video resume for all you wanna-be global resume stars..

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