The traditional way of hunting a job is simple, sit in front of your computer and update your CV. You scout through job sites, career pages and find jobs that you think you fit, apply and hope someone will call you the next morning. Repeat.
This method continues to be in use for the past 20 years, and we still stick to it (I wonder why? Do you?).
Why should the job hunting process be so passive? Why should our fate rest in the hands of unknown recruiters or employers? Why can’t we take things in our hands and make a difference by being proactive?
Before we dive into creative ways to capture attention, let us take a step back and understand what this primitive, yet popular job search method of sending a resume does? A resume has one sole purpose for its existence; it should get you an interview, period. It is just a medium, a piece of communication which leads a job seeker to an interview.
If the interview is the objective – why should we rely on the resume alone?
Here are some methods to grab the attention of your prospective employer. Try it at your own risk.
Advertise on Linkedin:
If you are going on Linkedin to find a job, employers are also there looking for talent. One of the ways to be on top of your future employer’s mind is to be in front of them. Try Linkedin advertisement, buy ads, and present yourself in front of your potential employers in style. Keep your target simple and straight, get an interview.
Ask for a blogger to promote you.
Create your own web page; many free sites can offer decent web pages without much hassle. Then find high authority and prominent bloggers in your industry within your region. Request them to mention you on their blog; your prospective employer might read the blog and click on your page asking for a meeting.
Make a creative resume:
Hire resume writers or a graphic or web designer or a calligraphy artist to make your resume stand out. If you can’t afford them then there are free sites that help you with that. Let the resume shout out your critical skills, find ways to send it across to prospective employers, it might help you to get their attention. Sometimes a handwritten cover letter can do wonders (i.e., if you have good handwriting).
Hold a contest:
Find me a Job and fly to Bali for three days two night for Free!”
Be creative, a title that screams “Find me a Job and fly to Bali for three days two night for Free!” Or anything that you can afford. Get hold of your friends, acquaintances, your Facebook friends, your Twitter friends, and every other social network friend. Send them a mass mail, be descriptive about your qualifications and be specific about what you are looking for, perhaps list down top 10 companies you want to work. If they can help you land an interview that will get you a job, they win the Grand prize!
LinkedIn recommendations for you:
Be shameless, ask for recommendations from your connections. Also, ask them to help connect with specific people in their contact that might get you an interview. You will be surprised, but sometimes all you have to do is ask and be sincere.
Make a video and send it to your employer:
If the picture can tell a thousand words, a video can say tens of thousands of them. Make a video of yourself (useful link) a white background (think of Apple videos), less distraction the better. The video should not be longer than 1 minute, send it to your prospective employers. The video should consist of content that covers – Who you are? What can you do for the company? And why should you be hired? A compelling script can do wonders. Seek professional help if you have to.
Your objective is to get an interview, employers appreciate you making extra efforts to work with them. They will remember you, perhaps if not this time around they will look for you when there are relevant opportunities that befit you. Don’t be shy to show your creative side. Think out of the box, be different. Do remember there is a thin line between being creative and being creepy, run it through your friends and family if you are unsure.
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Do you have more creative ideas? Or you think any of the above thoughts resonate with you, do drop a comment below and let’s together inspire a community of job seekers.