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Making Yourself Stand Out In a Tough Job Market

Desperate Times Call For Desperately Creative Measures

You're all aware that To Whom It May Concern doesn't cut it, and according to a New York Times article called "It's No Act, I Need a Job," during tough times "work comes to those who scream the loudest." Here are some examples of how loud some job seekers have screamed.


  • Real estate salesman named James Kellogg wrote in his Craigslist ad: “If you are willing to employ me in a position in Manhattan with a strong salary, I am willing to draw up a legal document making you my sole heir when I die. If I outlive you, my assets can be left to your family.” He stated that he owns an Upper East Side apartment worth “slightly more than $1 million” in addition to “more than $800,000 in cash.”
  • One applicant wasn't having luck in his job search and decided to print larger-than-normal, round business cards, which had a pizza on the front and his contact information on the back along with the promise of a pizza for the first person to get him an interview. After a few days, one manager appreciated his effort and scheduled an interview.
  • Allison Brinkman, a public relations executive, sent her résumé and was met with this question in response: “What can you bring to EMG and its clients?” She replied with a David Letterman-style Top 10 list, was given an interview, and offered a job.

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