I Don’t Drink Soda Anymore, Am I Disqualified?

I found it particularly ironic that after wrapping up an Business Chinese essay on Coke vs. Pepsi in China, I proceeded to interview with The Coca-Cola Company for a summer internship — “Coca-Cola’s Marketing PR/Brand Communications Internship.” Then, of course, my mother sent me a link to a video resume (watch the short video, it’s well done). Say, what? A video resume? What’s that? Well, let me tell you — it’s where you pitch yourself to a company via a YouTube video, which you film yourself. My mother writes, “That is some hard core marketing for herself.” I agree and a great way to show you know Digital Media today.

But I don’t think I’m cut out for video resumes. I feel too much like I’m applying to be on MTV or something. Then again, as Seth Godin writes, “I think if you’re remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn’t have a resume at all.” Furthermore, “Great jobs, world class jobs, jobs people kill for… those jobs don’t get filled by people emailing in resumes. Ever.” (found through Ben Casnocha).

For my thoughts on not having a resume, see my resume. Guess I’m not remarkable or spectacular…


3 thoughts on “I Don’t Drink Soda Anymore, Am I Disqualified?”

  1. I would say that Ben and Seth are both very wrong in some important ways. Will try to make a post about it next week! I have gotten awesome positions which required, and did not require, resumes.

  2. I agree with Sam in that Seth and Ben are incorrect. I think if you really are remarkable or whatnot, you still need a resume- its just the professional thing to do.

    As for Ben’s comment I just plain out disagree. “Jobs people kill for” is a very subjective description. I can think of many a job that certain people “would kill for” that certainly require resumes.

    I think another topic to consider is how resumes today are changing. Like you mention video resumes are one way resumes are changing, I know in my field there is a heavy focus on portfolio / online work, and I’m sure that type of specialization continues on an industry by industry basis.

    I will continue to bank on my resume, maybe Seth and Ben are so spectacular they can go without, but I’m in the same boat with you Ryan 🙂

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