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Brilliant or Baffling: Woman Wearing Resume on Shirt

Since mid-September, 29-year-old marketing professional Kelly Kinney has been applying to an average of 40 jobs a day. After hearing from some employers that she's one of 500 other applicants, Kelly took her job search efforts to the next level — she put her resume on the front of her shirt under the straightforward heading "I Need a Job," and put a cover letter on the back of her shirt. Her husband's salary can't sustain the family's cost of living and they've had to dip into their down-payment savings.

What do you think of her idea, is it brilliant or baffling?

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ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 8 years
smart... you never know who would think that creativity is just what they need for their company
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Clever - but baffling..I wouldn't do it. I think it looks vaguely desperate more than anything else. But..that's just me! Maybe it would work for some careers - marketing, for instance. "Her husband's salary can't sustain the family's cost of living and they've had to dip into their down-payment savings. " This sentence stood out to me so had to add: Well then, they need to reduce their cost of living, and if they even have "savings" to dip into, they're better off than a lot of American families...she can find something surely, while she holds out for a proper "career" offer. They're lucky to have the potential for double earnings, and I have seen other couples on this site (CG's for instance) say they are making it, with cuts to their lifestyle. So rather than investing in custom t-shirts to wear , she might want to consider selling some instead. ;)
pioneers pioneers 8 years
I'm pretty undecided, but today's cut-throat jobfinding is all about marketing--now more than ever, we need to market ourselves as viable, unique, adaptable, and creative (at least in my field). A couple of my friends have gotten their first jobs out of college by similar tactics.
AbigailSwPeaLily AbigailSwPeaLily 8 years
A fine idea. She's a brave lady. I'm glad however that this does not regulated to be the law. A responsible reaction on one hand and seems a personal security breech on the other. More frugal perhaps than newspaper ads. The response she provides for her situation bears some weight now since many are mighty impersonal over the phone, or not quick reading papers etc.. theres internet forums OF COURSE but they can be not quick moving of course. So she has gained some personal regard for being taken serious notice of sooner. I heard a guy recently who was saying executive or something for hire with his suit on and board out standing on street corner. He got regard from some company sooner and has been hired now. So that's their business. Like I said if that was to become the law that would be a sick mandate. Great that they are bravely taking charge of their life and theres nothing wrong with this being a personal choice/ decision. Such turns out apparently awesome sometimes.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
I think it's sad that she needs to do it in the first place, but anything to make yourself stand out to potential employers could be an advantage.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Maybe she should post her resume in the Resume Remedy group Savvy runs - that would probably help her more than this gimmick! ;-)
gigill gigill 8 years
If she gets a job out of it, then good for her. I wouldn't do it myself.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I don't really think this a good idea. She just comes off as desperate and a bit...nutty. I don't think any prospective employer would take anyone wearing their resume as a shirt seriously. It's just not very professional. Points for intent, though.
RamFan4u RamFan4u 8 years
Someone always comes up with a teeshirt idea that corresponds with current events...this is not at all surprising..but a great idea never the less.
Vaadsfweytes Vaadsfweytes 8 years
I voted Baffling. She should figure out how to improve herself in order to get a job rather than putting on a tacky show like that.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
While this is a creative idea, IMO it doesn't help anyone get a job. If all of the places that she's applying won't hire her [40 job applications a day seems pretty outrageous to me], maybe there's something else going on here. Maybe she's applying to the wrong kinds of jobs? Or something's wrong with her resume? She may want to look at a different field of work, if it's THAT bad. It's not like somebody's going to see you on the street and say, "hey, that person needs a job, I'm going to hire them!"
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
This is not a new idea, as you can get Resume Tees from Blackbird Tees. To answer Spectra's question, when you order the Resume Tees you first have to remove your contact information from your resume.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Not a great idea, IMO! when I graduated from law school I read a lot about resumes/ interviews/ job searching. gimmicky things like sending in a shoe with a note that says "now that I have one foot in the door..." / a bright pink resume/ pencils with the applicants name on it, etc. don't work. sure, they get you noticed, but most employers want substance over flash.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Hey, you never know. You have to be the employee that stands out, after all, and if that's what it takes to make an impression, there you go!
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
40 jobs? She must not be taking the time to tailor the resume/cl for each position. Thats a good way to get overlooked. Besides, if she needs a job that bad, why wouldn't you just take a part time one. Something is always better than nothing.
foxie foxie 8 years
I think this is a little tacky, and if I were an employer it would be a HUGE turnoff.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
Sounds like she is desperate!
magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
It's pretty much NOT working if she's been doing this for a long time!
fitgirlFL fitgirlFL 8 years
It seems really unlikely that such a tactic would result in her finding a good job. And if things are that desperate she needs to get whatever job she can. Instead of making up a t-shirt she should be applying to work in a retail store or whatever low skill position she can get just so they can get by in the meantime. Start pumping gas or bagging groceries if you have too.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
That sounds completely crazy to me. Get a job at Target while you look for another job in your field. It's not that difficult to figure out if you're already dipping into your savings.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Wouldn't that be kind of a bad idea? I mean, you're putting your contact info out there for any Joe Schmo on the street to see. How do you know what they'd do with that info? I guess posting your resume online is almost as dangerous, but lots of people do that too. I just don't think I'd do it because it screams "I'm desperate".
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm kind of undecided about this one. i think that it's an interesting idea but i don't know if it's really one that would work. it reminds me of the ad for Ugly Betty when the show was first starting and they had betty's resume in a magazine - i think that's a good idea - it's creative...
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