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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  • 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.

    (Source: Flickr)

  • 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.

  • Pushing to get to the top? Do it - literally. Alex Kearns, an unemployed graduate of Swansea University, England, had no luck in his job search. After sending out scores of resumes and receiving no response, Alex decided to make sure his credentials got past the gatekeepers by unfurling a giant version of it in Trafalgar Square, London. 

    The sculptor Antony Gormley's One & Other Project allowed winning applicants an hour to stand on the forth plinth in the square.

    Instead of using it to promote an ethical or global cause, Alex took a novel approach in using that valuable time to drum up interest in his resume.

    After the stunt, a manager at the International Business Development Group rapidly contacted Alex, where he now works selling consultancy services to companies in the UK and abroad.

    (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.