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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  • 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.

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  • Instead of trawling the streets with a cluster of printed resumes, why not keep a stack of business card format copies?

    A spin on the traditional, network-linking business card, some companies are now offering customised, folded business cards with your resume available in a portable format. You may not be able to guarantee that it's been read, but at least your resume has reached the hand of your potential future employer.

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  • Google AdWords are often used by SEO specialists or start-up businesses to try and get themselves on the map - so Alec Brownstein decided to use this tactic to raise the attention of top advertising creative directors.

    With a $6 purchase of five names, when the top directors Googled themselves, a personalised message from Alec appeared:

    "Gooogling yourself is fun. Hiring me is fun, too."

    Four of the creative directors offered him an interview, and two later extended their offers to employment. The ploy was successful, and now Alec is employed in New York for one of these firms.

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.