Creative Things Job Seekers Did to Get Noticed

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Are you looking for tips to land a sales job other than good resume writing skills? Check out these creative ideas thought of by some ingenious job seekers.

Rent a billboard.

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Just like what the billboard says, Adam Pacitti spent his last £500 for a billboard rental to advertise his social media campaign called “Employ Adam.” He got 60 job offers after the launch and ended up taking a job with Seachange where he worked as a viral producer.


Brew a beer CV.

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Brennan Gleason, a recent design graduate at the time of his application, printed his resume on the bottles of his own homemade ale. He labeled each bottle with a portion of his portfolio and placed a QR code that can direct employers to his full resume. He landed a job at Techtone, a digital brand-marketing agency in Vancouver.


Auction yourself on eBay.

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Failing to get a single interview from the 600 jobs he applied for, 18-year-old Josh Butler auctioned himself on eBay for a Buy It Now Price of £16,000. The idea worked and landed him an interview with John Lewis and two call centers. He now works as an FX broker at BGC Partners.


Send a chocolate CV.

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Nick Begley thought his traditional CV wasn’t working so he wrapped it around a Nestle Crunch bar before giving it to his prospect employers. This sweet idea worked and he got a marketing job at Sportsvite.


Create a board game CV.

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To keep her potential employers from getting bored, Jenny Johns designed a board game CV complete with dice, tokens, instructions, and game cards. She now works as a designer for Shinebox, an advertising agency in Minneapolis.


Hack your prospect’s web site.

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Chris Putnam was a troublemaker-turned-Facebook employee after building a hack that made the social media site’s profiles look like horrible MySpace profiles. Facebook Co-Founder Dustin Moskovitz, though annoyed, called him up and offered him a job after a month or so of continuous talk.


Take advantage of a newly launched app.

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When Foursquare was just starting out, Tristan Walker, one of the earliest and avid users of the app, sent a random e-mail to Foursquare founders and asked for a job interview. Pleased with his knowledge of the app and passion for the company, one of the founders called, interviewed, and hired him for a business development position. He worked for Foursquare for two and a half years before getting a job at Andreessen Horowitz. He is also the founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands, Inc.

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