New year, new job – that’s what they say. And apparently, it’s true for many: For several years now, January has proved to be prime job hunting time as countless unhappy employees as well as recent graduates make it their #1 New Year’s resolution to find a new job. This of course makes it a little more difficult to stand out and actually be noticed which has in turn led some applicants to get creative, pro-active and maybe even a little nuts with their job hunt. Last but not least, the widespread use of social media channels has further opened up new opportunities to attract attention to one’s profile. Here are a few examples to both entertain, inspire and motivate you.
The personal website
While 5 years ago, this might have seemed a bit over the top, creating a personal website simply for the sake of job hunting is quite common in certain sectors today. There’s Philippe Dubost’s Amaz-ing resume, Robby Leonardi’s beautifully designed interactive resume game, and of course the fictional but nonetheless absolutely crazy Barney Stinson resume. While it obviously makes sense for people who want to work in design, programming or communication to have their website act as an instant portfolio, a personal resume website can also help with any other role in any field – as long as it’s tastefully and professionally done, it’s a great way to showcase one’s personality along with skills and qualifications.
The new & improved cover letter
The dreaded cover letter. Why do you want this job? Why are you the right choice? And which ridiculous quote about life, the universe and everything defines you as a person? In some cases, people decided to forego the whole thing altogether and skip to the main part. Great ways of getting your future employer’s attention include incorporating the actual product into your application, like for example Hanna Phan did when she applied for a job at SlideRocket. While it might seem a little more risky because you are only applying to one specific job and company, it definitely shows your high amount of passion and dedication to the firm – a quality that employers greatly appreciate in future employees. Which is why, in Alice Lee’s case, her letter to Instagram may not have landed her a job at her dream company but she did get to talk to Instagram’s CEO who then in turn referred her to another opportunity. Score! However, going over the top is not always the best option. Sometimes, it’s actually the best idea to really stick to the classic, tried-and-tested cover letter – but not with the same-old same-old content. This cover letter, sent by a prospective intern to a Wall Street firm, has made big waves for its honest and humble style of writing.
Pimp my resume?
Depending on how creative (or desperate) one is, the actual appearance of a resume as well as the matter of getting it to a potential employer has also received more attention lately. Brian Moose came up with a magnificent vintage style resume for his application to Walt Disney to showcase his artistic skills, and Melissa Washin made her sewn fabric resume in order to create a more intimate feel to her application. Another candidate decided to send his CV over with a carrier pigeon hoping to make an impact upon arrival which, unfortunately, did not help much.
So apparently, the possibilities to use the Internet and social media to boost one’s job hunt are manifold – there are options for every budget, every sector and every kind of personality. And why not start right here at TedxVienna where we are currently looking to add creative and motivated members to our team of volunteers? Starting its 5th year now, TEDxVienna has developed into a stage for impressive projects and ideas worth sharing and most importantly into a strong community, both local and international, with outstanding speakers, dedicated members, extraordinary volunteers and amazing friends. For more information on the roles we are looking to fill as well as how to apply, go here.
No excuses left now, so go get it!