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 resume - Journalist 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.
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.
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.