You have surely heard about "the best job in the world" contest by now created by Australia's Tourism Queensland (if not, here's a BoingBoing post). In order to get an interview for this dream gig, participants do not send in a resume and an essay (boring), but instead submit 60-second video presentations explaining who they are why they should be selected. You can checkout some of the top candidates still in the running on The Best Job in The World website. Currently there are 50 on the short list. TQ will choose 10 to interview plus one more wild card pick based on viewer's votes. Some of these are quite good. Remember: the goal is not to land a job in the one-minute video presentation, the objective is to state your case (or make your pitch) and make a connection in such a way that you can land one of the interviews. The interviews are where you really make or break the deal. In a way, then, this is similar to a resume in "the real world." No one's going to hire you based only on your resume (or your video, or your blog, or presentations, your book, etc.) alone. But the effective presentation of who you are, regardless of medium, is the first step to opening the doors of opportunity. So, if you were asked to make a one-minute video presentation for your dream job (or business idea, etc.), how would you do it? Checkout the Best Job website to view the videos. Below are some of my favorites (though I have not seen them all, so feel free to point out the ones you like best).
Mieko from Japan
Ben from UK
Magali from The Netherlands
The samples above are not necessarily the most popular or technically superior pitches, but somehow after watching them I'm curious to hear more. Anny clearly has a future in broadcasting and Mitchell has a future on stage. There are others which are excellent on the site; which are your favorites?