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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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graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 9 years
hmm, they seem creative, but also a little bit desperate. I don't think I'm quite at that point, and have depended on networking and applications when it comes to trying to get a job.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
I like the pizza one :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow too funny...
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Yeah, I recently spiced up some of the cover letters I've sent out and I've gotten a GREAT response! I am going to law school in the fall, but I'm not so sure about it, so now I am telling my future potential employers have the ability to save me from law school! Of course, this wouldn't work if I were applying to legal jobs....
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
You have to make yourself stand out in order for them to remember you when it comes time to hire you. I suggest wearing a conversation piece and really doing everything you can to stand out.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
the first one is a little over the top. but the others are pretty good. whatever works right?
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Wow, great ideas. Sometimes I wish I was that creative.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
That first one is a little scary.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
The top ten list was a great idea! Glad she got the job!
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 9 years
wow. cool ideas. I don't know if I would have the balls to do something bold/creative like these people did. :oops:
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