JOB SEARCH / AUG. 21, 2014
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Desperate for a job? Try Holding up a sign in Waterloo Station

The labour market is in some tough times. With youth unemployment rate in double digits and millions of people either part-time employed or underemployed, workers are coming up with some innovative ways to get businesses and hiring managers to notice them. One of them includes holding up a sign in Waterloo Station in London.

Alfred Ajani, a 22-year-old marketing graduate, stood at Waterloo Station during the Tuesday morning commute and held up a sign advertising his curriculum vitae (CV), otherwise known as a resume. In just a few hours, he has been flooded with job interview offers.

He decided to take this more blunt approach after he applied to more than 300 employment positions since attaining his marketing degree earlier this year. The former method didn’t work out too well, but this newsworthy approach turned out to be the best option considering that many had told them they were “impressed” by his fortitude and initiative.

“I got up early and went to the station. At first people just looked at me but after about ten minutes people starting stopping and talking. They said they’d never seen anything like it before and were really impressed,” Ajani told Metro UK. “One woman worked in advertising and took a CV and another guy ran back from his train and said he’d walked past but had started thinking and might have something for me.”

 

Ajani added that he had several phone calls and a booked interview later in the day. He noted an account of one man bringing him a cup of tea and well wishes of luck. Also, according to the Daily Mail, he has a sports marketing job offer in Barcelona, Spain.

In today’s job market, it takes more than just having a college degree and a professional resume. Many graduates have become so desperate that they have tried a number of eye-catching techniques to get their foot in the hundreds of doors, which have turned out to be successful endeavours and have inspired many more to do the same.

Some of these creative techniques that got them noticed included a candidate giving their resume on a chocolate bar, sending a message in a bottle, creating a cover letter similar to a wedding invitation, volunteering to help with office tasks as one candidate realized the interviewer’s assistant was inundated with work and repairing a company’s faulty equipment during a job interview.

Have you done anything wacky during job interviews to stand out from the crowd? Let us know in the comment section.

Waterloo Station photo by Mad Wraith via Flickr. Career photo by Flazino Photos via Flickr.

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