How video applications help finding a job

Do you still remember your first job application? I wrote mine in the eighties at the end of my time as a student on my old typewriter, which my father had left me. I spent a whole weekend typing on the gray-colored “Triumph Adler” for this. But it was worth it! Because a short time later I was actually sitting at the job interview – and then I saw the huge pile with all the applications lying on the desk.

It didn’t work out with the job, but every time I saw this mountain of applications on my own desk later, I had to look back.
And then recently: We filmed a workshop at the Friedrich-List-Berufskolleg in Bonn for the Federal Institute of Vocational Education and Training (BIBB). It was about job application videos. There, the students learned how to produce such a video professionally. Conducting research, writing the storyboard, arranging the setting, setting up the camera and microphone, acting in front of the camera, checking facial expressions, speaking fluently – they thought of everything, I really liked that!

Don’t get me wrong: A self-written cover letter, school certificates and job references – I still consider these to be indispensable. But a complementary video would be great. Then I would have a much better idea of who could soon be sitting in front of me at the job interview. There is another aspect I also consider important. Such workshops are almost always based on a “hidden curriculum.” And so is the case here: Among other things, the students learn how to research properly, improve their writing and of course their ability to present themselves. They also strengthen their media skills, which is certainly crucial in today’s world. I wouldn’t get very far today with my “Triumph Adler” …

But just take a look for yourself (German only): https://www.foraus.de/de/bewerbungsvideos-selbst-erstellen-123465.php

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How video applications help finding a job

Wolfgang Reichelt
About The Author
- Wolfgang Reichelt is the managing director of DEKRA Media GmbH, a subsidiary of DEKRA SE, and member of the board of DEKRA Akademie Group. He has been developing CBT (computer-based trainings) since the mid-80s and WBT (web-based trainings) and virtual training environments since the 1990s. He has also developed and done research on online knowledge communities. The results of his research and development work has been documented in numerous studies and other publications.

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