Careerbuilder.com, the giant job board, recently surveyed 3.388 hiring managers and human resources professionals the unusual antics job seekers this year have played to get the company's attention. In a tight job market, people think of any way they can set themselves apart to land the gig. It's important to keep your audience in mind when using a different approach to set yourself apart. According to Jason Ferrara with Careerbuilder, " the key is making sure you are maintaining an appropriate balance of creativity and professionalism so you are remembered for the right reasons."
Here are the results:
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- Candidate advertised on a billboard.
- Candidate carried around a sign that said, "Will work for paying bills."
- Candidate brought a broom to the interview to "clean up the waste and corruption in the office."
- Candidate wore a shirt to the interview that said, "Please hire me."
- Candidate showed up with breakfast for the employer every day until hired.
- Candidate approached the hiring manager in a restroom.
- Candidate sent a giant cookie with "Hire Skip" written in frosting on it.
- Candidate parked outside of the office building with a sign that said, "Seeking employment."
- Candidate wrote a poem about why she wanted the job in her cover letter.
- Candidate promised to give the employer a foot massage if hired.
- Candidate noticed the employer wrote a blog about a particular restaurant. She persuaded the restaurant to put her name on the menu so the employer would see it the next time he ate there.
- Candidate created an electronic resume with flash animation and musical score.
I'm sure none of these candidates will ever be forgotten! My two favorites: the candidate with the broom to "clean up corruption" and the foot massage (although I would never recommend a candidate offer this - it could be a little weird!).
What is the craziest antic you have seen someone do to get the job and did you hire him/her?