Monster India has launched a new feature, Video Resume, through which registered users can upload videos for prospective employers. The service is available free of charge for users. Employers will also be able to browse to the videos at no added charge.
According to Vikas Agarwal, vice president, Product & Technology, Monster India, "This feature will be useful to all job seekers who want to demonstrate their skills to employers. It could be for media jobs that require presentation or communication skills, or for designers who can showcase their artwork." He adds that the videos should be restricted to two minutes, and be a crisp presentation. There is also a file size limit of 50 MB.
Monster is the first job portal in India to enable video resumes. Internationally, the trend is catching on fast with websites like Vault, Cyberview CVs and My Workster which let users upload their videos for free, and premium websites like TVResume and MyPersonalBroadcast which come at a cost for added services.
Monster India has also been adding other Web 2.0 features to its website. It launched blogs in January 2007, which are career-related and can be viewed by other users as well as employers. It also improved its search with Magic Search, single keyword search. Agarwal adds, "We will be looking at using video in other ways. For now, our focus is on improving our search engine technology."