Continuing our series on job hunting
, today will focus on some of the most creative applications for job positions. Not all applications were successful in getting the job they were aiming for, but what their applications demonstrate is a willingness to think outside the box and do things differently. Here are some of the best examples out there, 14 to be exact, and for good measure, one example of what not to do.
Matthew Epstein's video resumÃ© for Google
Google is a tough firm to break in to. It's probably inundated with thousands applications from chancers and wide-eyed dreamers on a daily basis, so it'll take something special to get yourself noticed. Unemployed digital strategist decided to make a video to try and seduce the search giants.
He dons a moustache and invites the good folks of the "Googs Team" to enjoy a scotch with him on his fourteenth century Parisian loveseat, before slipping into something a little more comfortable. It ultimately didn't win Epstein a job with Google, but he got over 80 job offers as a result - just shows what a bit of humour can do for one's employment prospects.
The Creative Ransom
Ransoms tend to be successful because they force us to contemplate the things and people we truly value. Whether your name-as-a-domain-name is really one of those might depend on the individual, but Andrew Grinter and Lee Spencer-Michaelse were very willing to find out if a personalised URL meant anything to the creative heads of several Australian advertising agencies.
The balaclava-clad pair directed the heads to their URLs, where they had posted a ransom note, telling them to set up a meeting with them "or the site gets it". Bit threatening, but it did the job and got them several interviews.
Using Pinterest As A CV
Jeanne Hwang here wants to work at Pinterest. What better way to flatter the fledgling image-based social network than to let your interest be known via their own site. She pinned her CV to Pinterest board in the hopes that they would give her an interview or, better yet, a job. Hwang had written plenty of flattering things about Pinterest's potential for further monetisation across the internet and even created a Tumblr dedicated to chronicling her effort. While she didn't get an offer from Pinterest itself, it was enough for Francisco Guerrero, the founder of Pinterest analytics site, Pintics, to offer her a position.
Hire Us Or We'll Get Married
Two friends, American Alex and German Charli, were desperately in need of job this time last year - very desperate, in fact. Charli's visa was on the edge of expiration and without a job she would have to return to her Teutonic homeland if she didn't become gainfully employed, and sharpish. So, with their backs against the wall, the girls threatened to marry each other if none of the agencies they pestered hired them. In addition to sending wedding invites to NYC's creative directors and leaving Foursquare tips at the city's social media agencies, the campaign gained a lot of traction via Facebook, garnering tens of thousands of fans. The pair were hired as freelancers.
Eric Gandhi went the extra mile in sprucing up his LinkedIn profile by making his CV look like a Google search page. It certainly caught somebody's attention, and unlike poor Matthew above, he was able to get an interview with the world's biggest online company. A bit of ingenuity and flattery goes a long way, it seems.
Create A Smartphone Trailer
Young Mr Foy really likes the Windows Phone, so much so that he made an ad for Microsoft back in February on spec. It got 150,000+ views on YouTube, and as a result, Microsoft asked him to make another ad with the promise of televising it nationally if it reached 200,000 views in the month after upload. Unfortunately, with a mere 118,000, it failed to meet the target, but Microsoft offered Brandon a job as UX Designer anyhow, so good for him.
The 'Jobless Paddy'
Emigration is a common consideration to be undertaken by the Irish youth at the moment, as one innovative marketing graduate from Galway knew all too well. He forked out over â‚¬2,000 to buy billboard space and advertise his services one last time before leaving the Emerald Isle. The billboard, which boasted his contact details and an image of a lone man looking at foreign landmarks with only a suitcase and a hurl at his side, saved the poor lad from emigration, getting him a load of job offers; he eventually settled on bookmakers Paddy Power. Just shows what you can accomplish with your back against the wall.
Tanja was dedicated to getting hired by Melbourne's Droga 5, so she delivered her CV (with cover letter) and a plant to the agency, personally. The plant came with a QR which led to her blog - she then sent fertiliser and instructions for caring for the plant.
When the agency knocked her back, she sent plants to all the staff. It didn't help her cause, but it was certainly original.
Create an Adventure Game
Renowned video game developer, Tim Schafer, is famous for his adventure games like Monkey Island, Grim Fandango and Psychonauts, but when he was starting off, he was finding it difficult to get hired. Sharing some of his experiences, Schafer showed the lengths he went to before he got hired by Lucasfilm in 1989.
After getting rejected by Atari and HP, he noticed a posting for an assistant designer job at Lucasfilm. However, after messing up the phone interview, Schafer created a cover letter in the form of a semi-graphic adventure, showing Lucasfilm his potential and his creativity. Thankfully, the company liked it and he got the job.
Using Google Ads
Back in 2010, Alec Brownstein launched an experiment on Google Ads to try and catch the attention of the top advertising creative directors. The rationale behind this was that if you're the director of an ad agency, then you're going to google your own name every now and again, which is why he bought these ads. Each ad used the name of directors from the agencies he wanted to work for. The end result was that Brownstein got four interviews and two job offers from it, where he accepted a position at Y&R New York.
Create an Interactive Video
If you're applying for a position at a creative agency, you need to do more than just send in a standard CV. So Graeme Anthony decided to do something different when he applied for a position with We Are Social. He created an interactive video through YouTube, where through clever use of annotations, allowed the agency to find out more about him. A simple but clever idea and one that certainly got him a lot of attention.
Create A Reverse Job Application
Sick of looking for a job in programming, Andrew Horner decided to turn the entire process on its head by creating the reverse job application. Instead of applying for jobs, he built a website that would allow employees to apply for him. It was cheeky, filled with humorous sketches and even gave requirements for employers before they applied for him. Since his aim was to get a conversation started with potential employers, it got him a lot of attention and landed him a job with a start-up company.
Create An Interactive Cover Letter
Lindsay Blackwell wanted to be hired as the first Social Media Director of the University of Michigan so she created this impressive job application called "Dear Lisa Rudgers
," a site aimed at the Vice-President for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives of the university. The video and extended resume, showed off her video, programming and social media skills and took her an entire weekend to create. She didn't get the job, but she did end up being hired by Ingenex and is now working for Fluency Media. Eric T. Tung did a Q&A with Blackwell about her application and it's worth a read.
Create An Eye-Catching Video
Australian business Pollenizer, who help new web businesses go from concept to a fully fledged business - posted a blog post advertising a project/product manager position. One of the applications was this colourful and delightful video from James Goldie who specialises in video production. Needless to say, he got the job!
And Here's One You Shouldn't Do
Ending on a humorous note, when you're applying for jobs, you should always make sure your CV is up to date, fix any typo and ensure that your cover letter is perfect before you send it to potential employers. Unfortunately for one job applicant, instead of attaching her CV and cover letter, she attached a photo of actor Nicolas Cage instead.
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Proof, if proof was needed, that you should always double-check everything before you send off.
- Creative Guerrilla Marketing also present a roundup of creative job resumes (15 to be exact).
- One example, covered by Techcrunch, shows how one company, Greenwich Village, had applicants apply for its job in 600 characters or less.
- Print24 show off 30 creative job applications and CVs, all of them with a focus on design.
- US News Money offers nine tips for submitting an online job application, none of which feature Nic Cage.
- Forbes looks at how far some people will go to get their dream job, and gives recommendations about what to do.