6 Extreme Ways To Land Your Dream Job


Get Noticed, Get Hired

A hiring manager will likely see tens if not hundreds of resumes for the position you are hoping to land. Amongst 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.

Sell Yourself

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. She recently started iwannaworkatkatalyst.com, created videos explaining why she wants to work there and even sent cupcakes to the office. 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.

Create A 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]".

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.

Unique Resumes

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 and even resumes done up as a board game.

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.

Go 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 went viral (even after it turned out to be a hoax).
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