6 Extreme Ways To Land Your Dream Job

AAA

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).
Related Articles
  1. Managing Wealth

    How to Keep a Land Investment From Going Bust

    Investing in land can yield big returns. But investors should consider their goals, as well as the following details, to make the deal a success.
  2. Professionals

    6 Extreme Ways To Land Your Dream Job

    Get one step closer to your dream job by making sure you stand out from the rest of the applicants.
  3. Investing

    Business Grads, Land Your Dream Job

    Companies are in need of strategic candidates, not walking resumes. Find out how to set yourself apart from the pack and land the business career you've always wanted.
  4. Managing Wealth

    There Are More Ways To Invest In Land Than You Think

    You don't have to have a huge amount of capital to invest in land. You have many other options, including land-related ETFs and ETNs.
  5. Personal Finance

    What To Do When The Government Wants Your Land

    Find out how the government evaluates your land, what your options are and how to get the most from it.
  6. Professionals

    5 Tips for Finding Your Perfect Job Online

    With so many jobs being advertised online, it pays to know your way around an online job search. Here's what you need to know to find and land that dream job.
  7. Markets

    Is It Foolish To Strive For The American Dream?

    Even Jay Gatsby's stubborn optimism in The Great Gatsby would be hard pressed to believe that rags-to-riches stories are possible in today's economy. Find out why the ever-increasing wealth gap ...
  8. Managing Wealth

    What is the American Dream in 2016?

    The American Dream is still alive and well, but it looks very different than it used to.
  9. Professionals

    Top 12 Things Not To Put On Your Resume

    Landing a job is tough enough without the added disadvantage of material that should've been left out.
  10. Professionals

    8 Reasons To Tough Out Your Job

    Yes, there are many reasons to search for a new job - but consider these eight factors before burning a bridge.
Hot Definitions
  1. Glass-Steagall Act

    An act the U.S. Congress passed in 1933 as the Banking Act, which prohibited commercial banks from participating in the investment ...
  2. Quantitative Trading

    Trading strategies based on quantitative analysis which rely on mathematical computations and number crunching to identify ...
  3. Bond Ladder

    A portfolio of fixed-income securities in which each security has a significantly different maturity date. The purpose of ...
  4. Duration

    A measure of the sensitivity of the price (the value of principal) of a fixed-income investment to a change in interest rates. ...
  5. Dove

    An economic policy advisor who promotes monetary policies that involve the maintenance of low interest rates, believing that ...
  6. Cyclical Stock

    An equity security whose price is affected by ups and downs in the overall economy. Cyclical stocks typically relate to companies ...
Trading Center