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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.
A rapidly digitising network of information means that we have more freedom available to us in showcasing ourselves - the standard paper format resume now is often rejected by employers who prefer emailed copies, or for job hunters to complete applications and tests online.
In creative industries, some jobseekers have gone further than an online portfolio, and moved on to film in order to secure an interview - demonstrating the skills they want to showcase and what the employer is looking for.
By engaging an employer longer than the few seconds it takes to scan a resume and reject it, you may have more chance of success in a competitive job market.
Smartphones, applications and mobile technology are developing and expanding at an incredible rate - but why not use more of the features to your advantage?
A new slant on personal branding, Victor gave employers a resume complete on one side with a life-sized image of his head, and his full resume on the back. Where his mouth should have been, a QR standard barcode was ready to be loaded. Using a smartphone you were able to listen to Victor introducing himself.
Seeking a job in the communications industry, he decided that the best way to secure an internship would be by a means that allowed him to express himself "vocally, as soon as they read the paper version."