ERIC Number: ED362934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Video Technology: Resumes of the Future.
Rolls, Judith A.; Strenkowski, Michelle
The University College of Cape Breton, an undergraduate institution in Nova Scotia, Canada, initiated a video resume pilot project to serve cooperative education students. The generic video resume lasts approximately 15 minutes and is patterned after the behavioral interview model, shifting the focus of the interview to examples of past behaviors. The goal of the video resume is to supplement the paper resume and supply the potential employer with insight into the student's personality and character, not to replace the actual employer/employee interview. The interview process is a highly structured, goal-oriented communicative event designed to elicit certain types of information from an interviewee. Preparation for the video resume course occurs via enrolment in a communication course. Still in the conceptual stage, the project envisions the prospective employer receiving from the placement coordinator a packet containing paper resumes, the videotape housing the student interviews, and a program guide. The videotape itself is composed of three segments: scenes of the educational institution; an introduction to the interviewer and a sketch of the specific cooperative education program being represented; and the actual interviews. The pilot project has yet to encounter a number of pragmatic issues, such as costs and the possibly negative effects of the videos on some students. However, as pictures create lasting impressions, the distribution of video resumes can supply prospective employers with supplementary nonverbal and interpersonal information that can benefit all stakeholders. (A sample program to accompany paper resumes is attached. Contains 12 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communicative Approach; Technology Utilization; University College of Cape Breton NS
Note: Paper presented at the World Conference on Cooperative Education (8th, Dublin, Ireland, August 30-September 3, 1993).