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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  • For the creative types out there, consider using a showreel or animated resume online to get the attention you want.

    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?

    One job hunter, Victor Petit, decided to engage potential employers by the use of QR code software.

    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."

    This means of communication inspired campaigns across the world - from the political to music industries.

    (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.