The U.S. Department of Labor is getting with the video zeitgeist, launching the first phase of the “Career Videos for America’s Job Seekers Challenge,” which invites members of the public to produce and submit one to three minute videos focusing on the daily activities of one of 15 high-wage and in-demand occupations, according to a department press release. The video challenge is intended to result in greater visibility for selected occupations and increased numbers of workers seeking training and placement in these areas. The creators of the top video in each category will win a $1,000 cash prize.
The competition will occur in four phases. During Phase One (May 10 to June 18), members of the public, employer associations, businesses and labor organizations can submit their occupational videos for one of the 15 selected occupations.
During Phase Two (June 21 to July 9), the Labor Department will screen, review and identify the top three career videos in each occupation and post these selected videos online for public review.
During Phase Three (July 12 to Aug. 6), the public will be able to recommend and comment on the top career video in each occupational category.
During Phase Four (Aug. 9 to 19), the Labor Department will share the top career videos with the workforce development community and job seekers.