Make Your Application Stand out from the Crowd with ZippyApp’s Unique Video Tool

Personal videos offer a great way to display your personality and allow potential employers to see the person behind the application. Although videos are not likely to take the place of applications and resumes, they could be the cherry-on-top to a good application. ZippyApp’s unique video tool allows you to upload and post your personal video with your work application, offering an even richer applicant profile. Stand out from the crowd with these video-building tips!

  • Tell your story: Your video should tell your story — employers want to get to know you. Your story is your brand, and getting others to understand your brand helps them identify with your story.
  • Relate your previous experience: The information in your video should be relevant to the type of jobs you are applying to, but there is no need to do a separate video for each job. Discuss your previous positions and the skills you took away from each. You can say things like “I greeted and seated 75 customers in one hour in my previous Host position. It was a fast-paced and challenging experience.”
  • Sell yourself: Video is a great way to display your personality. Try not to repeat what is written on your application – instead showcase your talent and skills in ways you can’t on paper. Can you juggle? Sing? Adding these in to your video are great ways to set yourself apart from other applicants.
  • Keep it short and sweet: You don’t want the viewer, your potential employer, to get bored and switch it off. A good time frame is between 1-2 minutes. Before beginning, write down what you want to discuss in bullet point format, which can help you communicate efficiently and to the point.
  • Delivery: Your personal video is not that much different than an in-person interview, so be sure to talk clearly and address the camera (the interviewer) directly. Make sure to record your video in an area where there isn’t any background noise or distracting sounds.
  • Dress to impress: Present yourself in a way prospective employers might envision you in their workplace. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing and style.
  • Tools: Nowadays you don’t have to have a camera, microphone, and expensive video equipment to create your video – you can simply use your smartphone. Some video apps we like are Mobli and video editor Magisto.

Have any personal video tips to share? We would love to hear from you!

Job Seeking Has Gone High Tech with ZippyApp

When I was in college, I quickly learned my social habits were burning a hole in my knock-off designer wallet. To finance them, I needed a job. Preferably a serving gig since this type of job was going to give me a flexible schedule (not to mention tips!)

I went on foot to local restaurants by the University to see which ones were hiring. By the end of the day, my feet were sore and I had a stack of applications to take home. By the time I finished all of them, on top of juggling a full-time student schedule, it has been a week! I ended up landing a job at a family friend’s restaurant, which was pretty fortunate since I hardly got any call-backs from the applications I dropped off — and when I did receive the call-backs, I was already employed!

But a lot has changed since I was in college, and now job seeking has gone high tech with ZippyApp! Even though some organizations now allow you to upload your resume online, you still have to take the time to fill in the same information over and over. Oftentimes, you don’t receive a reply because these types of applications go to headquarters and not the local place. Rather than having to hike it on foot restaurant to restaurant, or filling in the same information application after application, I can now upload ONE application online and apply to hundreds of jobs in just a few clicks.

So how does this work?

    • Sign up for free here, creating a user name and entering in your basic information.

Zippy Tip: Your email is an important part of your profile. This is what potential employers will use to contact you. Don’t use an unprofessional email address! Instead, create a free using Gmail or Yahoo. It only takes a minute! 

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  • Continue building your unique work profile by editing your ApplicationResume, and Cover Letter. Keep in mind that the more information you include, the more likely you are to get call-backs!

Zippy Tip: We will tell you what percent of your profile is complete. Use this to help guide you in knowing if you should include more information. 

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  • Navigate to the Jobs section of our website to see the latest job opportunities in your area.

Zippy Tip: Use the Search tool on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow your inquiry down by location and/ or keywords such as the position title or business name. 

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  • Once you have found a good match (or two or three — you can apply to as many as you’d like!), click the Apply button.

Zippy Tip: You can choose to submit your current application as it is (this is your Master Application), or tailor it to the specific job.

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  • Check your inbox for email confirmations of your submissions. You may have to check your Spam or Junk inboxes if you did not receive.

Zippy Tip: Use the Submissions section of your profile to remember where you have applied, and keep tabs on which jobs you need to follow up with. 

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  • Apply to jobs on ZippyApp straight from your mobile device wherever you see this sign!

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Simply scan the QR code and apply!

  • Be sure to check back often to see what’s new, as we are constantly updating our job listings and regularly post job advice here on our blog.

Zippy Tip: You can also follow us on our social media channels to see our latest job opportunities and receive job advice! 

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  • Get hired!

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