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How do you get noticed in the jobseeking world?
For these former jobseekers, unconventional resumes caught the attention of thousands of people and helped them get hired, too. Keep scrolling for their stories and practical insight for your own job search process.
Photographer Jens Lennartsson showed that he is ready for anything with an action figure designed in his likeness. From developing a lookalike model to creating packaging with a personal touch, Jens told his professional story in an effective way. Jens gives us the details of his creative process and tips for jobseekers.
Hoping to get noticed, Emma Clifford placed her resume as an ad in a London taxi. She shared a picture of the ad on Twitter, which went viral. While speaking on a radio show she serendipitously met the person who would help her secure an internship, and the rest is history. We spoke with Emma about her inspiration, what exactly happened after posting her resume ad, and several tips she shares with current jobseekers.
Wanting to stand out from the crowd in the middle of a recession, Joshua Drummond told his story in comic book form. His approach put his artistic skills and personality on display, which earned him a call back for every job he applied for and successfully secured him a job. Here Josh explains how he developed his successful comic, what type of response he received, and his ideas for others seeking employment. Read more of Josh’s story here.
Looking for a fresh way to showcase his creative skills, João Dornellas made the first ever resume for the iPad. João’s award-winning iPad resume app has captured the attention of individuals and companies around the world wanting the chance to work with him. In this interview João explains why the timing was important to get his resume in the App store, how the app got noticed, and why getting away from a traditional approach might help jobseekers find the job of their dreams.
Does your online persona represent you accurately as a jobseeker? And does it matter? If you aren’t sure, look at these statistics, according to the infographic below:
While recruiters may use social media more actively, 39% of employers are also using it as a recruiting and hiring tool. The most popular social network for recruiters was LinkedIn, where most recruiters found the candidate they were searching for. LinkedIn—now with over 300 million users—is widely used in the United States, India, Brazil, The United Kingdom, and Canada.
We have talked about cleaning up your social media profiles before, but here are a few extra tips. In some cases, the response from a recruiter might be the opposite of what one would expect. For example, 61% of recruiters reacted negatively to grammar and spelling errors on candidate profiles, whereas 29% reacted positively and three percent were neutral. Pictures of alcohol were either seen as good or bad, considering that 47% responded negatively, 39% reacted positively and only one percent remained neutral. Volunteering generated a large percentage of positive responses from recruiters at 65%, while 26% felt neutral.
Another thing to consider is using a separate email address for job hunting, such as firstname.lastname@example.org. Sticking to just your name won’t reveal too much about you. While you’re cleaning up your social media profiles, try adding relevant work and volunteer experience for recruiters and potential employers to find. Lastly, remember to be wary before giving out personal information to job search or other related sites. Keep scrolling for more helpful job search tips:
You are confident and prepared for your big online interview, but is your tech ready to put you in the best light?
Let’s look at a few ways to make sure you are at your absolute onscreen best, shared in the infographic below.
First, check the lighting where you plan to be for your interview. Is the light facing you? Or coming from behind you? It should usually be facing you so it doesn’t cast you as a shadow from behind. Practice setting up with your webcam—what shows up in the background? A bathroom? A cluttered room? Find a neutral background that isn’t distracting to your interviewers. Similarly, make sure the space is quiet with no potential interruptions.
If your wifi is less than trustworthy, or to ensure you have an uninterrupted connection, consider connecting your computer directly to your modem or router. Restart your computer to turn off anything running in the background and turn off any unnecessary programs, to avoid noise alerts or a slower computer. Also consider pausing or turning off cloud services right before your interview so your connection isn’t burdened by files uploading or downloading. And if anyone else is on your network, ask them to hold off on uploading, downloading or video streaming until after your online interview.
Finally, when you sit in front of the camera, center yourself in the view frame. Sit up straight to appear more confident and so your head doesn’t sink down on screen, potentially making you appear weak. For more useful job interview prep ideas, check out How To Feel Confident In Your Job Interview, Top Tips For A Winning Job Interview, and How To Prepare For Your Next Video Job Interview.
Unconventional creative resumes might grab attention, but can they actually get you hired? For these six jobseekers, the answer is a definite yes. Read on below for plenty of tips, inspiration and to learn exactly how their unique, creative resumes led to job search success.
Frustrated in the jobseeking world, Claudio Nader chose to utilize one of the most popular social media platforms to get noticed by numerous employers—and it worked. Click here to read more about what he did, how his resume got noticed and went viral, and his best tips for current jobseekers.
Ian Greenleigh also wanted to harness the power of Facebook to put his face in front of potential employers. With little marketing experience, he put out an ad on Facebook and secured the marketing job of his dreams in just a few short weeks. He explains why he chose an ad resume, what the response was, how the ad has helped his career overall, and his advice for others looking to stand out.
Considering an applicant only has about seven seconds to impress a potential employer, Craig Stapley knew he needed to try something different: “If you think about a resume, it is the first point of contact a recruiter has with an applicant. Based on your resume they will either call you for an interview or toss it into the waste bin.” So he shaped his resume into a clever infographic that grabbed attention and helped him earn the position of Creative Director at iFit, a popular fitness company. Read more about his approach and what he would suggest to someone else hoping to get noticed.
If you could build your way to job with LEGO, would you? It worked for Leah Bowman, who built a miniature replica of herself and put it in a package she designed to look like LEGO, along with a poster describing her as an applicant. She was successfully chosen for an internship at a major advertising agency and featured on numerous big media platforms. Click here to see more about her process and exactly how she pulled it off.
One sweet way to grab attention as a jobseeker might be to send in a box of chocolates, like Rob Jervis did. Hoping to score a package design job, he developed his own clever packaging for a box of homemade chocolates. Jervis won over nearly everyone he handed his resume to, and attracted plenty of virtual applause. His only regret? “The only thing I would do differently would be doing it sooner.” See more about his creation process, response and advice for others hoping to attract an employer’s attention.
Fannie Lam found a way to stand out in her job search by handing out coffee and donuts—a replica of coffee and donuts, that is. The food model, with her portfolio included inside, told her story and impressed her interviewers, which helped her capture an ideal graphic design position. She shares the process behind her creative resume, what she would differently next time, and her tips to help you tell your story as a jobseeker.
Have you ever felt less-than-confident before a job interview?
Did you know you can use research-proven strategies to boost your confidence? According to the infographic below, studies show that self-confidence is more important to career success than talent alone. So boosting your confidence can potentially better your chances in a job interview.
One way to trick your brain into feeling more confident is to do power poses, like the superman pose or the starfish pose. It may sound strange, but research has shown that doing these poses for two minutes effectively alters hormones (decreasing the stress hormone cortisol and increasing testosterone). Psychologist Amy Cuddy refers to this as “fake it ’til you become it”. Before your next job interview, try doing a power pose in the bathroom for an extra confidence boost.
Another way to feel more confident is to think back to a time in which you felt that way. Relive that moment in your mind sometime before your interview, and it can make you appear more confident. Also use positive self-talk as you prepare. This can create a more ideal self-fulfilling prophecy.
Some studies show that speaking slowly can make you seem confident, so perhaps try slowing your speech slightly during your job interview and enunciating to encourage your listeners to pay attention.
These are a few of the tips mentioned in the infographic; read on below for more ways to boost your confidence as your prepare for your next job interview. And for more interview tips, check out this post, and this one.
If turning your resume into a video could get you noticed for a job, would you do it?
It worked for the following three jobseekers, who all stood out with their unique video resumes. They grabbed the attention of employers and media alike, and their unconventional approach has continued to positively affect their careers over time. Click below for a burst of inspiration and plenty of out-of-the-box advice for your 2017 job hunt:
Realizing that responding to job ads was getting her nowhere fast, Adrienne Thiery instead showcased her job skills in a video, which scored her an astonishing 30 interviews and 46 meetings. This interview is full of gold nuggets as Thiery shares what prompted her to make a video resume, how she was able to catch the attention of TV industry VIPs, and how to develop an effective strategy. She also explains the creative process, what she would do next time and offers some helpful advice to jobseekers.
Looking to stand out, James Corne created a clever “workaholic” parody video—inspired by Alcoholics Anonymous. His unique approach has brought about numerous opportunities over the years and even landed him a post on major tech site Mashable. For this interview Corne discusses why he decided to do something different, about his other innovative approaches to job hunting, and about creative risk-taking and humor in resumes. From the other side of the desk Corne also provides examples of how jobseekers miss the mark and shares advice for jobseekers hoping to get noticed.
Looking to make a powerful impact in just six seconds, Dawn Siff created the world’s first resume on the short-loop video app, Vine. Siff’s unique idea put her name in big media lights via The Today Show, Fast Company and Mashable. We talked with Siff about the storytelling process and how to do so effectively in just six seconds, plus her best jobseeking tips.
You know to prepare for a job interview, but how prepared should you be?
To stand out, this infographic suggests that dressing professionally, arriving early, and learning basic information about the company is just the start. We’ve shared job interview tips before, but this infographic goes beyond typical advice to help you ace your next job interview.
First, you probably already know to research the company before your interview, but also consider reviewing internal position titles and what they mean. Doing a background check ahead of time could be prevent problems, and searching for recent company news might give you a leg up.
During the interview, make sure your handshake isn’t too firm or too weak, remember to sit up straight and keep responses short, but engaging. Be prepared for any type of question—according to this infographic some jobseekers have been asked unusual things like, “have you ever stolen a pen from work?” and “what’s your favorite song? Perform it for us now.” If you are asked, “tell me more about yourself”, one suggestion is to respond with four summarized topics within a few minutes: your early years, education, work history, and recent career experience.
Follow the interview with some of your own questions, but it might be better to wait to ask about things like salary, vacation time, bonuses, or other benefits until later. Finally, consider sending a thank you note after the interview to show your enthusiasm and leave a lasting impression. Read on below for more tips: