How to land your dream job: Nine inventive ways

How to land your dream job: Nine inventive ways

Summary: The global job market is in a precarious position. Increasing numbers of people compete against each other for vacancies, from the CEOs recently made redundant to the unemployed undergraduate. The current unemployment statistics are worrying - but it has inspired some new and creative ways to grab an employer's attention.

TOPICS: CXO, IT Employment

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  • After a year of unsuccessful resume hand-outs, emailing and interview rejections, Kelly Kinney decided that publicising herself could be the answer.

    Often competing with hundreds of applicants for one post and attempting to keep her family afloat, Kelly decided to print her resume on the front of her shirt, with an accompanying cover letter on the back.

    To make sure her status was emphasized, she emblazoned the design with "I NEED A JOB" to try and catch an employer's eye. When asked about her motives in this unusual stunt, Kelly stated:

    "The name of the game is how you can get noticed, how you can distinguish yourself from everybody else."

    This idea may have merit, or may just be seen as an amusing gimmick - as companies have now sprung up to offer 'resume merchandise' - including custom shirt designs and even underwear.

    (Source: Flickr

  • Social networking is increasing in popularity but perhaps the potential of tools like Twitter in finding work is still not being used to its full potential.

    By performing a quick search, you can find general job advice and listings through hashtags like #jobs, #jobadvice, #recruitment, and #jobhunt.

    If you're looking for that particular sales, business or teaching job, narrow down that search to help your chance of success. Consider hashtags such as #prjobs, #salesjobs, #teachingjobs or #educationjobs.

    Follow companies that you're interested in working with - and don't be afraid to comment. You are what you tweet, and this is a way to come to the attention of an employer.

    Make sure to build a relevant network - this often is organic due to the nature of Twitter, and staying in the industry circles can help you land your dream position. By being connected to other professionals in your field, lucky hires may find their dream job simply floating about in their Twitter stream, waiting for them to inquire.


  • LinkedIn's platform is very advanced and is being used consistently by employers around the world. LinkedIn has over 35 million users globally - and executives of all Fortune 500 companies are on the platform. Apart from a job search engine, LinkedIn has a number of useful tools for the jobseeker.

    LinkedIn recommendations can be invaluable - if you have recently lost your job or have struggled for a while to return to employment, something concrete that shows you were valued whilst in work can put you in a positive light.

    Consider finding out where people originally came from - for example, Microsoft's latest hires came from the game industry and media incorporations. Check out the company and see if they're hiring. Even if there are no current vacancies, by researching what skills a company is potentially seeking in new employees, you may be able to plan and have an advantage in the next recruitment scenario.

    If you want additional job security, consider building your network before disaster strikes. The more people that know of you, the more likely you have connections that can be used in helping gain a new job.

    (Source: Flickr)

Topics: CXO, IT Employment

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  • RE: How to land your dream job: Nine inventive ways

    What a horrible interface for reading an article. I bailed out :(
    Scott Welker
  • RE: How to land your dream job: Nine inventive ways

    These are some good ideas, particularly the resume on a shirt idea.