Oct 2

4 Creative Ways to Get a Job

Finding Work Opportunities

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Despite the tough state of the economy, it has never been easier to apply for and get a job – thanks to the internet! The downside to this is that these same jobs are accessible to everybody with internet access and a knack for searching through job boards and job sites. This means that Employers are often overwhelmed with many, high quality job applications and CVs.

As a Jobseeker, the trick is to stand out. Why not try something new to capture the attention of a Hiring Manager and leave a long-lasting impression?

Here are a few unusual methods to get a job:

1) Create a Resumé Video

Have you heard of a video resumé? This is a great way to show Hirers your creativity as well as your confidence.

A Jobseeker in London, Graeme Anthony, uploaded his video resumé to YouTube and it went viral! This resulted in thousands of views and more job offers than he could imagine.

Unique ways to get a job
2. Advertise Your Availability

Have you considered advertising the fact that you are looking for a job?

Alec Brownstein ran a Google AdWords campaign using the names of major advertising executives to get their attention. When these executives Googled their own names, they saw Brownstein’s ad. This eventually led to an interview and a dream job.

Online advertising channels are exploding in popularity, and they can serve as more than just marketing channels for organisations. Try Google, Facebook, and other ad networks to target potential employees. This is a sure way to capture the attention of senior people.

Creative ways to get a job
3. Set Up a Blog

Blogging has proven to be a unique way to get a job. There are several examples where Employers were more interested Jobseekers’ blogs than their experiences and qualifications.

Blogs demonstrate commitment and organisation to Employers as well as allow them to get to know Jobseekers on a more personal level.

One cannot overlook the influence that blogs have in setting up the author as a “subject expert” to readers – another impressive way to capture Employers’ attention.

Creative ways to get a job
4. A Memorable Resumé

Besides a video resumé, think about tailoring your CV format and presentation to suit the industry in which you want to get a job. 

For example, Kelly Taylor dreamed to work in a pub, so he came up with a creative “pub-themed” resumé – writing his resumé on the bottle as a label. He was hired that same day!

Another memorable CV example was done by Alexander J. Velicky wanted to get a job in the gaming industry. He spent 2,000 hours creating his own game with 25 hours of play time. This showed a sample of his skills which were up to the standard of Bungie (the developer of Destiny, Halo, Myth, and other games) where he was employed.

Creative ways to get a job

Be careful though, not all crazy stunts will get you a job. To get a better feel of what to avoid, here’s a list of methods that did not work:

  • Back-flipping into the interview room
  • Sending a fruit basket to the interviewer’s home
  • Sending a lottery ticket to the interviewer
  • Giving the interviewer a tarot reading

Even in tough markets, a little creativity can go a long way in the memories of Hirers. Think about how you can be strategically creative in order to make a lasting impression, and hopefully, get a job.

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About the author 

Julia Paton

Julia studied a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Film, English and Psychology followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing, both at the University of Cape Town. Whilst at university, she co-founded “Shots Fired Productions” a photography & videography micro-business. In addition to her entrepreneurial spirit, Julia brings to the team international experience gained from working at an advertising agency in Hamburg (Germany) and managing the marketing portfolio at an AI & Data Science Company in Sydney (Australia).

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