Mr. Simon Whitaker, a 43-year-old Irish immigrant living in Adelaide quit his previous job, mistakenly believing that a new role would be easy to find. The Irish man stood for about four hours on Adelaide Rd holding a sign which read “jobseeker” in large letters and included details about his skills. Luckily, Cameron Scott, the Jim’s Antennas regional franchisor for the state’s South-East, drove past. Attracted by Mr. Whitaker’s predicament, Scott did a U-turn, pulled over and after chatting, the two men agreed to meet in a nearby coffee shop. To cut the long story short, the ‘unconventional’ job seeker ended up employed by Jim’s Antennas and has since completed training in Mt Gambier and Victor Harbor to become an antenna technician. See? You don’t have to get yourself stuck in the big bureaucracies often involved when sending CVs and cover letters! Just be brave and put yourself out there. In other words, literally!
If you notice that the previous method is not for you, then don’t worry (let’s face it, standing at the road side in the UK will likely mean getting drenched by rain and battered by high winds!) Just display your CV in public transport and enable hundreds of people to see it. This is what Emma Clifford, an unemployed English Literature graduate did to increase her chances of landing a full time job after applying for dozens of jobs without any response. She then realized that she should try something inventive to get herself noticed. Emma resorted to posting an advert of her CV in the rear of a London black cab, hoping to draw the attention of a potential employer. A friend of her drives a black cab in central London and helped her place the advert, so she didn’t even have to pay for it.
Like Emma, Adam Paccitti, a University of Winchester graduate in Media Production, spent at least six hours a day sending off at least 250 tailor-made CV’s but only had two interviews. In the meantime, he worked at an arcade, filling the two-pence machines and stacking toys, but he was looking for something more interesting than that. The 24-year old graduate decided to go along setting up his own campaign. He then spent his last £500 on a billboard asking employers to offer him a job. He also came up with a personal website (www.employadam.com) and tweeted the billboard image evidently making his job hunting effort go viral in no time. So, sometimes you have to go a few steps further and set up your own campaign! *Image taken from www.dailymail.co.uk
David Rowe, a 24-year old history graduate was saddled with debts since leaving university. Undeterred though, he resorted to pleading for a job with a billboard around his neck reading the words “jobs wanted” and describing what he is up for offering to his potential employer. The desperate job hunter offered to work for free for one month, giving his boss a chance to make up his mind about Rowe’s suitability. Interestingly, just a few hours after he put on his sandwich board, the graduate was lucky enough to be offered an interview by Gavin Walker, of international recruitment firm Parkhouse Bell.
Do you follow traditional ways of applying for jobs? Do you browse websites, fillapplication forms and sending dozens of cover letters with CVs, but all in vain? If so, it is about time you took the 'unconventional' approach to land your favorite job. Get inspired from what other desperate job hunters did. Who knows? Maybe it’s your lucky day to find a job!