A hiring manager will likely see tens if not hundreds of resumes for the position you are hoping to land. In a sea of Times New Roman, how can you make sure your application gets noticed? Here are six extreme ways people have landed their dream jobs. (Don't let your effort go to waste by having these glaring red flags on your resume. For more information, see 10 Resume Red Flags.)

IN PICTURES: 6 Hot Careers With Lots Of Jobs

  1. Create a Campaign
    If your ideal job is related to social media, and even if it's not, one extreme way to get noticed is to create a social media campaign. Between Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and a personal website and/or blog, creating a large following and professional image will impress any potential employer.

    Aidan Nulman, founder of Youphonics, a collaborative music site, has done some crazy things to land jobs in the past. He's created videos, sent in coupons to desired employers for his work (redeemable whether he was hired or not) and even sent in a box of lollipops with "Aidan's a sucker for [company name]."

    "All three of those have gotten me in the door and made me some lifelong friends/acquaintances; two ended up in full-on offers," says Nulman.

  2. Sell Yourself
    Want that dream job enough, and you might consider investing money in it. That doesn't mean you should include a crisp bill with your resume, but it might mean spending some cash on ad space. Taking out a professional looking ad in a magazine or journal relevant to your field will make a lasting impression.

    Kim Ashdown, founder of InternUtopia.com, has her heart set on an internship with Katalyst, Ashton Kutcher's media company. However, they only accept college interns, so to set herself apart, Kim has launched a multi-platform campaign. She recently started iwannaworkatkatalyst.com, created videos explaining why she wants to work there and even sent cupcakes, with help from local cupcake store Hotcakes, to Katalyst's office spelling out "With love from Hotcakes and a most excellent intern." She has also purchased ad space on Google and Facebook, and is looking for a company to sponsor an ad for the billboard outside of Kutcher's office.

    "Each endeavor is one step closer. It is like a living resume - I am doing things to show them I can get their attention by being creative, which in turn, speaks for itself as my resume," says Ashdown. (Learn more about getting hired; read Sell Your Skills, Not Your Degree.)

  3. Win a Contest
    Is your dream career in a creative field? Take some time to find and compete in contests that will showcase your skills. This could apply for graphic designers, artists, musicians, web developers, programmers, video editors, writers and many other jobs. Look for contests with well-known sponsors, or even those sponsored by the same companies you are applying to work for. Even if you don't catch the attention of a particular employer, you will have more direct examples to add to your portfolio for future applications.

  4. Unique Resumes
    It's usually a big no-no to add strange fonts, colors or pictures to your resume, and that's because most people don't do so with any greater purpose or coherency in mind. However, if you are applying for a job that requires you to be creative, why not showcase your talent from the start? If you are a graphic designer, your resume can be a piece of art; if you are a programmer, consider writing an interactive program or website to stand in for a traditional resume.

    Even if your job isn't directly creative, you may decide it's worth the risk to go all out on an attention-catching resume. Some of the extreme examples are embroidered or baked resumes, resumes done as magazine covers or infographics, or done up as a board game.

    IN PICTURES: 5 Ways To Control Emotional Spending

  5. Jump Through The Hoops
    It's becoming increasingly popular for job postings to get creative as well. If you need to hire a social media analyst, why not have the applicants generate a following in order to be hired? Editing jobs often include an editing test as part of the hiring process, but companies may now be bringing it to the fore by asking for a completed test alongside or instead of a resume.

  6. Go Viral
    You may have heard stories about unemployed people standing outside with cardboard signs asking for a job, or listing their experience. While that probably isn't number one on your list, you might consider the online equivalent – going viral. Create a youtube video, article, comic or picture series and start posting it around and you may just hit it big. After all, Elyse Porterfield, better known as Jenny DryErase or the HOPA girl, is certainly no worse for wear after her quitting via dry erase board (which turned out to be a hoax) went viral a few weeks ago.

The Bottom Line
All of these tips boil down to one: be unique. If a hiring manager is reading hundreds of resumes, these pointers will definitely get you noticed. Just be wary of overdoing it. The intention isn't to be the flashiest resume, but to stand out for the right reasons.

For the latest financial news, see Water Cooler Finance: Mergers, Hostile Bids And SEC Probes.

Related Articles
  1. Financial Advisors

    Becoming an Advisor: Why You Should Shadow a Pro

    Meeting with financial advisors and following them during a workday will help you to know if it’s worth the time and effort to make the career switch.
  2. Financial Advisors

    Putting Your CFA Level I on Your Resume

    Learn techniques for emphasizing your CFA Level I status in the Skills and Certifications or Professional Development section of your resume.
  3. Personal Finance

    10 Reasons It Is Time to Look for a New Job

    Learn 10 good reasons for switching jobs, such as major life changes, ethical concerns, job description creep and upwards mobility.
  4. Professionals

    Common Interview Questions for Business Analysts

    Identify some of the most common job interview questions asked of business analyst candidates, and learn the responses that will make you stand out.
  5. Professionals

    Common Interview Questions for Compliance Officers

    Prepare to ace your compliance officer interview. Learn how to answer some commonly asked interview questions and what you need to know to come out ahead.
  6. FA

    CIPM: The Key To A Niche Career In Finance

    CIPM designates usually work as investment performance analysts.
  7. Professionals

    8 Things Employers Aren’t Allowed To Ask You

    Frequently, an eager job seeker overlooks certain interview questions that are improper, but there are situations where these questions are illegal.
  8. Economics

    Management Strategies From A Top CEO

    Jack Welch is a legend in the business world: during the two decades he was CEO of General Electric, the company’s value rose by 4000%.
  9. Personal Finance

    How to Manage Corporate Change in the Modern Economy

    Change can make employees uncomfortable, but these keys can help ease the transition and increase morale.
  10. Professionals

    Common Interview Questions for Data Analysts

    Learn how to prepare for your data analysis job interview by having solid answers to these common questions that measure your knowledge and effectiveness.
  1. Does a financial advisor need an MBA?

    Obtaining a license as a financial adviser does not require an Master's of Business Administration (MBA) degree. The Certified ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How can an investment banker switch to a career in corporate finance?

    It's pretty easy for an investment banker to switch to a career in corporate finance. The career skills are easily transferable, ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How do I get started with a career in asset management?

    The asset management industry has a variety of different career paths. Depending on what asset management area you would ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. For which kind of jobs is having Magnum Cum Laude most important?

    Having a magna cum laude degree is most important for jobs in the fields of finance, management consulting and engineering. ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Other than accounting, what does a corporate finance job involve?

    While a corporate finance job almost always involves accounting in some capacity, there are many additional job duties and ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What qualities are necessary to be an effective member of the c-suite in a publicly-traded ...

    Several qualities are needed to be a member of the c-suite of a publicly traded company. The c-suite is business jargon term ... Read Full Answer >>

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Cyber Monday

    An expression used in online retailing to describe the Monday following U.S. Thanksgiving weekend. Cyber Monday is generally ...
  2. Bar Chart

    A style of chart used by some technical analysts, on which, as illustrated below, the top of the vertical line indicates ...
  3. Take A Bath

    A slang term referring to the situation of an investor who has experienced a large loss from an investment or speculative ...
  4. Black Friday

    1. A day of stock market catastrophe. Originally, September 24, 1869, was deemed Black Friday. The crash was sparked by gold ...
  5. Turkey

    Slang for an investment that yields disappointing results or turns out worse than expected. Failed business deals, securities ...
  6. Barefoot Pilgrim

    A slang term for an unsophisticated investor who loses all of his or her wealth by trading equities in the stock market. ...
Trading Center