Job Seeker Creates Incredible QR Code Video Resume

by Rich DeMatteo on September 20, 2011 · 13 comments

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The creativity of job seekers continues to surprise, impress, and inspire me.  Impressive “Hire Me” campaigns have caught most of my recent attention, as exampled by a “Hire Me Chipotle” campaign I wrote about just a couple weeks ago, but today I’m sharing another form of creativity in the job search — QR Code Video Resume

If you’re not familiar with Quick Response Codes (QR), the best way to explain them is to simply compare them to a barcode that can be scanned from your smart phone.  Once scanned, the QR code directs your phone’s internet browser to open up a website, a video (youtube, vimeo, etc), an email subscribe list, or really anything you can imagine.  It’s damn cool, and the QR code has some pretty sweet potential for creative job seekers as shown by the example I’m about to share.

Sweet QR Code Video Resume

Victor Petit takes a somewhat normal PDF resume and transforms it into something extraordinary.  I won’t ruin the surprise QR code ending for you, so go ahead and watch the embedded video.  Oh and shout out to Alstin for making me aware of this!

QR CODE – Content-rich Resume from Victor petit on Vimeo.

As I’m sure you saw, Victor’s use of QR code is pretty incredible.  Here is what I like about Victor Petit’s strategy:

  • The QR code is an add on and isn’t his entire job search strategy.  While most of us have smart phones, you still need to account for the person who has no idea what to do when flipping that resume over.
  • The QR code helps the viewer finish the puzzle of the resume and makes the experience interactive.
  • The video that Victor creates seems to be somewhere between 25-40 seconds at the most.  In this situation, over a minute would probably be too long.
What are some creative uses for QR Codes in the job search that you’ve seen or want to try?
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5 comments
Barry Job
Barry Job

Im not really impressed with this. Has he had any success?

Bridget (Weide) Brooks
Bridget (Weide) Brooks

Love the idea of integrating QR codes into the job search -- but wonder about the use of the photo with the QR code because of concern from a prospective employer about discrimination issues in the application process. (Some companies won't consider candidates who include photos on their resume/application materials, although linking them to a website that includes a photo seems to be a gray area.)

Rosa Elizabeth Vargas
Rosa Elizabeth Vargas

Very interesting. I agree. It depends on industry, location, and of course, presentation. The presentation should be short and relevant . The tactic an add on to a strong job search campaign. New creative tactics while trendy, won't be enough to guarantee and employer value.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Kristy - I agree with you! Each area is a bit different, and how technical someone may be will reflect on how powerful this tool is. That's one big reason why I believe it should just be an add on to your job search strategy!

Kristy
Kristy

I think it also depends on where you are. I'm down here in Florida and placed QR codes on my business cards - one for LinkedIn and one for my e-portfolio. But most of the time potential employers and network contacts look perplexed and I discover they have no idea what QR codes are!