5 super unique & crazy job applications that actually worked
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Krishna Bora, A content marketer who loves designing videos for social media.

07 Aug, 193 mins read

We hear you, finding a job is getting harder day-by-day. Not just that, there are not enough jobs out there for everyone, hence there is a tough competition to get employed. But, do you want to do just any job or the job you were always dreaming about?

There are chances that a hundred other potential candidates who may be trying their best to get your job too. The competition is tough, and there are only a few sweet spots are too less.To make sure that you land into your dream job, you got to find ways to get noticed by your recruiters. Some people went off the edge to stand out of the crowd and grab their dream jobs. Here are 5 tips for creative job application steps, and 5 cases where they worked wonders:-

  1. Use something quirky and popular: If you’re good at doing something, don’t just talk about it on your resume. Instead, show it to them. This tip can do wonders for graphic designers, artists, and people in other creative professions. For example, Leah Bowman submitted a customized packet of Lego sets as her resume. It worked so well that the hiring managers immediately took her in as an intern. Leah moved on to advertising in Chicago.

  2. Make an interactive video resume: There is no denying that videos help you relay your message better. According to a Forbes study , viewers are 95% more likely to remember details of a video, compared to 10% when they are reading text. An interactive resume video will leave an impersonal and clear idea of your skills and your work. Plus, by sending a snackable resume video, you will set yourself ahead of other candidates who shared a printable text resume.

Check out this video resume for reference:-

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Graeme Anthony decided to take this route . He had different sections in the video, including “About Me,” “Portfolio”, and “Timeline”. He sent this video to multiple recruiters and received multiple offers and around 400,000 YouTube views.

3. Advertise yourself on Google: Do you know how Google Ads work? If you do, what’s stopping you from running an ad promoting your resume? Trust me, Google is a saviour for recruiters who use skill sets as keywords to find candidates for job. All you need is around is an amount of 100 to 500 INR to get yourself noticed by the recruiters. You can advertise your resume with Google ads, targeting only several names you want to reach out to, and possibly get the job you always wanted.

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Alec Brownstein made a Google Ad worth 6 dollars (around 450 INR) and targeted a few advertising executives, including Ian Reichenthal. When Ian googled his own name , he found Alec’s ad. Alec was called for an interview and eventually got the job he was looking for. He’s now a creative director at Dollar Shave Club.

4. Make boards on Pinterest: Do you want to work for a social media platform? You can use social media as a platform to showcase your work and resume. Just like Jeanne Hwang did with Pinterest. Jeanne built an extensive resume on Pinterest , pinning different images together in different sections. She had boards under names, “fit”, “passion”, “experience”, etc. She showed Pinterest that she really wanted to work with them.

Jeanne got a job at Pintics, a Pinterest analytics site. After her graduation, she got interesting marketing roles for her creativity and efforts.

5.Buy a billboard: If everything else fails, you can try advertising yourself on a billboard. Also, if you’re ready to try out this crazy idea, consider the location of your billboard. You’d want only the right people to see your advertisement.

Adam Pacitti got tired after applying for 250 different companies. He launched a campaign, “Employ Adam” to get attention from recruiters and get a job. He even advertised his campaign on a billboard. Since then, his creative work has outshined in BBC, CNN, CBS, and many more places.

Did you get a spark of an idea on how to get your recruiter’s attention towards you? Tell us what you feel about these bold steps.

So, if your resume—and your results—are feeling a little lackluster, consider getting creative! Just remember that the key isn’t to do anything, but to do something that shows off your skill set as well as your fit within the company.