EXTREME job hunting techniques!

Extreme Job HuntingDesperate times often call for desperate measures. With the recession, there has been an increase in what is known as “extreme job hunting”; people who will go to great lengths to stand out from the crowd, get noticed and land a job.

So, what works and what doesn’t?

In the US, possibly the birthplace of extreme job hunting, there have been news articles on the banker who donned a sandwich board and walked about the financial district of New York; the private nurse who printed up a T-shirt advertising her services and cycled about a wealthy surburb; and the marketing guy who sellotaped his CV to the inside of a taxi cab.

All 3 generated a lot of publicity but sadly, no firm job leads.

In the UK recently, a 35 year old unemployed man from Devon stood for two days in a layby holding a home made sign that read, “Work needed. Will do anything”. He was in luck. A local security firm offered him a job.

Other tactics that desperate job hunters have employed include offering a “bounty” – whereby they have offered a fee to anyone who can fix them up with an interview, or a lead that results in an interview. If you have the means to be able to do this, then it’s great idea! Job hunting is often about who you know. But make sure people don’t scam you!

Also, and again mainly from the US as far as I can see, is the You Tube CV. This is always a bit of a gamble because, unless you are a natural presenter and don’t feel awkward in front of the camera, many of them come across as staid and amateurish.  Plus, this approach is not very targetted. You are not speaking directly to potential employers but instead hoping that someone will stumble across it. Of course, you could always send the link to potential employers but think VERY carefully about using this approach!

Some industries definitely require a creative and proactive approach. Designers and marketing types often send examples of their creativity to potential employers in order to stand out from the crowd. Examples include: personalised coffee cups, CV mousemats or even a business card cake! Obviously this requires a bit of budget to be able to do this, but can work well in this field.

However,  while such “guerilla” tactics are becoming increasingly more common, it is best to ensure that you don’t get too carried away. Extreme job hunting is often not very targetted (e.g. handing flyers of your CV out on a street corner), can be expensive, may waste a lot of energy and may get you a reputation for being a bit of a stalker. The latter is true especially if you constantly turn up at a company, or continually ring or email prospective employers.

One woman in Japan was recently arrested for threatening to blow up the office building of the Nippon Telephone and Telegraph Agency if she was not hired for the role she was interviewed for. Funnily enough they didn’t give her the job. I doubt she will ever be employed by anyone ever again!

Be creative definitely, but don’t lose complete sight of  the traditional methods of expanding your network, improving your CV and using online jobs boards and agencies in your job search!

Let me know of course what has worked for you and what hasn’t!



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