Butler Office of Internship and Career Services (ICS) will work with the Indianapolis-based start-up company ViewYou this fall to promote students and alumni to employers and graduate programs worldwide.
Alumnus Jason Randolph ’93 co-founded ViewYou, which provides professionally produced HD video introductions of clients to prospective employers, along with a resume, writing sample, and other support documents.
The video profiles showcase subjects’ communication skills and personalities in ways that traditional resumes can’t, ICS Director Gary Beaulieu said.
“With today’s tough economy, students and alumni need ways to stand out in a crowded job market,” he said. “If an employer can actually see job applicants answering interview questions and look at their additional support materials, this may help them in their job search. “
Juniors and seniors in Butler’s LC301 “Career Planning Strategies” course will have the assignment option of creating a ViewYou video profile and written support, rather than participate in an in-person mock interview.
LC301 instructor Nicole Brooks said offering students nontraditional, technology-based options to pursue future careers is right for the changing times.
“Paper resumes are still essential, but employers want a well-rounded candidate who can offer more than just good grades,” Brooks sad. “Video profiles offer students a chance to really prove themselves.”
In July, participants in Butler’s Brain Gain Program completed ViewYou video profiles. ICS coordinates Brain Gain, a program designed to introduce students to the Indianapolis community and culture during summer internships.
“Working with Butler students this summer was a breeze,” said Randolph, who earned his bachelor’s degree in public-corporate communication from Butler in 1993. “We filmed a number of very capable students. We are very excited to offer all Butler students the chance to work with ViewYou.”
Purdue University and the University of Indianapolis are also offering pilot ViewYou programs this fall.