If you've ever wanted to get a job at Netflix, Jet.com, IBM or Hilton, but were discouraged by the prospect of throwing your resume down the black hole of online applications, here's your chance to try something different.

Wednesday marks the first annual World Hiring Day, an event allowing people from around the world to vie for employment at more than 600 companies globally. The online hiring event promises to easily match applicants to open positions that might be a good fit--supplanting the traditional paper resume and time-intensive review process.

All told, there are nearly 500 specific jobs posted for the event, but many more open positions are up for grabs at these companies, says Mark Newman, the founder and chief customer officer at HireVue, the South Jordan, Utah-based company hosting World Hiring Day. That's because through HireVue's platform, candidates are invited to record video introductions and companies can watch for potential pairings.

"There's a lot of good about what's going on in the world, tons of companies have jobs to fill, and talent can come from anywhere," says Newman.

Of course, if they'd all use his company's technology to find workers and jobs, even better. HireVue's technology, through which applicants introduce themselves via video and submit video or written responses to questions chosen by employers, serves as the platform through which job seekers will reach out to companies.

Here's how it works: At WorldHiringDay.org, job seekers can sign up to be invited to the event. Once it's live Wednesday morning, browse participating companies and either apply for a specific position or take advantage of the 'concierge' service that lets job seekers introduce themselves with some basic information and a short video. Newman says you're guaranteed a response within three days.

A video introduction, often accompanied by some questions tailored to the company and position, makes the hiring process more efficient by skipping the in-person interview scheduling process. A video provides an instant impression of a candidate that doesn't come through on a paper resume, and Newman says the process helps relieve unconscious bias that comes when hiring managers are overwhelmed with written applications.

"When organizations traditionally hire, say they have five spots, they choose five people who are like them--with resumes they are comfortable with, and bring them in for an interview," says Newman. "On video you can watch 30 short intros on your own time that give a better sense for who each person is."

IBM started using HireVue in 2014 and is looking to fill 25,000 positions like designers, developers, offering managers and engineers on Wednesday. As a highly virtual, international organization, Obed Louissaint, the company's vice president of human resources, says using technology in the interview helps him assess cultural fit and gives candidates a different way to stand out.

"People today are getting more comfortable with digital platforms," says Louissaint, who regularly video chats with his grandmother. "Whether you're a digital native or silver surfer, the landscape is changing, and that's good for all of us."

Published on: Sep 13, 2016