Break the job-hunting rules: 5 original job applications

LinkedIn profiles, infographic CVs…. Handing in your job application is no longer as simple as pen and ink. Having recently written about the most innovative recruiting campaigns, we decided it was time to take a look at the other side of the coin and highlight some of the most original job applications. Proceed with caution.

5 innovative (and funny) job applications


The six-second Vine resumeJournalist Dawn Siff’s six-second resume, created using Twitter’s video application Vine, blew up the social networks with its creative potential. She eventually landed a job working for The Economist Group, and although she primarily puts her success down to “old fashioned networking”, she states that her Vine resume did “impress” her current employers.

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The anti-CV -
 Instead of sending his CV out to the world, Andrew Horner decided to turn the tables and create a website asking companies to send him their offers. After being invited to review his criteria for prospective employers, recruiters are warned that failure to submit a suitable proposal may result in their application being ignored. His efforts lead to a job in a start-up. See also Benedict Le Gauche’s hilariously wry personal statement.

Sing a song - “So pencil in some notes oh you better, this ain’t your cliché cover letter…” sings Alec Biedrzycki “…I’ll convey my qualifications through this acoustic guitar iteration”. And it seems that making a song and dance of things has lead to success: Alec now works for lead marketeers HubSpot, as well as running his own company Innovation-Al.An original resume pact

The marriage threat - Alex and Charli were the creative match made in heaven. But Charli risked being sent back to her homeland if she couldn’t find a job. Their solution? To send wedding invites to NYCs top creative heads threatening to get married if they didn’t hire them. They were eventually taken on as freelancers.

The vanity search For a total of $6, Alec Brownstein sponsored Google Adverts for the names of the directors of some of the top ad agencies. Were they vain enough to Google their own names? You bet they were, and Alec received 4 interviews and two job offers for work in marketing. See also the Creative Ransom for more job application originality and fun with the names of top company directors.

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7 thoughts on “Break the job-hunting rules: 5 original job applications

  1. Ibro Palic

    This goes to show just how one can break the cycle by stepping outside the norm. To many candidates on my end simply create a resume and then send it to 800 different jobs hoping that something will stick.

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    1. plabram Post author

      Too true, Ibro – some of these applications may seem to be in jest, but there is an important lesson to be learned. Set the standard, and let them come to you!

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  2. Carl Manning

    You have to admire the ingenuity of these people but its clear they are all in one sector as such. Would a gravel toned ditty stating the science of conservation in a museum would quite work with say The Smithsonian?

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    1. plabram Post author

      No worries about the grammar (I got your email ;) ), we understood what you meant! And you’re right, they are all in creative professions where style may be of greater importance relative to substance. I suspect, however, that a lot of organisations appreciate a touch of innovation in a CV, even if it’s just using a slightly more modern-looking font than standard. What do you think? I feel another article coming on…

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  3. Red

    Very nice ideas to stand out of the crowd!

    I had an original idea to send out resumes and get noticed, I created a website saying: “I’m hiring a new boss”, with some details about me and my background. Then I sent emails to CEOs and HR Managers, with the subject line: “Recruitement of a new boss, anyone?”.

    My website is: http://www.redwanhilali.net

    It worked!

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    1. plabram Post author

      Wow! Well done! Love hearing stories like this one and glad it worked out for you. Sometimes you just have to put yourself out there and not be afraid of rejection.

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