Some people will do just about anything to find a job. But to set themselves apart from other candidates, the folks on this list went the extra mile, finding bizarre, hilarious, and ingenious ways to get the attention of hiring managers.
They utilized advertising and the internet to maximize their exposure and even used the press to get the word out. Almost everyone succeeded in finding a job.
Here are some of the more outrageous approaches people have taken to find work.
One man put his name on a billboard to spark the ‘Employ Adam’ campaign
Adam Pacitti graduated from his university in 2012, but soon had trouble finding work.After sending out around 250 résumés, he realized he needed a way to differentiate himself from other job candidates in the media industry. That’s when he bought a billboard. He’s said that the sign, along with a website, got him 60 interviews, eventually landing him a job.
One man wore an Axl Rose wig to impress at his job interview — and it worked
After interviewing with several companies, one man wasn’t having any luck. He reportedly decided to dress for the part: professional clothes paired with a long orange wig that made him look like Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose.
During the interview, he took the wig off halfway through, saying that he felt silly it in. The interviewer appreciated his sense of humor and immediately offered him the job.
This student built her own LEGO résumé
Recent college grad Lisa Bowman took a unique approach to résumé building by constructing a virtual LEGO-themed CV.
By showcasing her skills, she was able to demonstrate that she could actually do everything listed on her résumé.
One woman was asked to convince her prospective employers why she should be hired, and she suggested a game of rock, paper, scissors
After an interview for her very first job, one woman was asked to convince her prospective employers to hire her.
After thinking it over, the woman suggested a game of rock, paper, scissors to determine whether or not she should be hired. If she won, she’d get the job, and if the company execs won, they’d get to decide for themselves.
Naturally, the execs appreciated her sense of humor and decided to give her the job, regardless of who won the game.
This man made an interactive video résumé to get hired
Graeme Anthony, a PR and social media consultant, was looking for a job, but was having no luck. To set himself apart, he decided to make an interactive video résumé showcasing his experience while proving he had the skills to back it up.
The video features an “about me” section, a timeline, and an intro where Anthony says: “I’ve produced this video because, let’s face it, communications have changed.”
Thanks to his unique thinking, he received so many job offers that he took them all — by becoming a freelancer.
One student walked two miles through a blizzard to hand-deliver a résumé
Some people will go to great lengths to get a job, but this person went the extra mile — well, two extra miles.
The college student was aiming to escape a toxic work environment and horrible boss, so she trudged through two miles of lake-effect snow to apply for a hospital job instead. The grand gesture worked, but ever since then, she was reportedly on call during snowstorms when other employees called out.
This man got a face tattoo to get a job at an ad agency
Rudolph Troncone really wanted to get hired for a summer internship at R/GA, an innovation company with offices in 14 countries. So, he got a tattoo.
This bold stunt impressed R/GA so much that Troncone got the internship. After all, it would have been very hard to get hired anywhere else.
An Irishman bought a billboard to find a job and keep from leaving the country
Much like Adam Pacitti, this Irishman took out an ad on a billboard in 2011 in the hopes that work would come his way.
The ad read, “Save me from emigration.” The man, Féilim Mac An Iomaire, was nicknamed “Jobless Paddy” thanks to his email address on the billboard. And, much like Adam, Mac An Iomaire was able to find work and stay in Dublin because of his advertisement.
Back in 1998, a man applied to a new startup called Google by handing out cheesecake and résumés
One man working in tech decided to find a job with a recently founded startup called Google in 1998.
He was known among his friends as an excellent cheesecake chef, so he reportedly snuck into Google break room and handed out slices of cheesecake with copies of his résumé. The ploy actually worked, and he got an interview. However, he had already decided that Google was too stuffy and declined. Stories say he later realized he’d made one of the biggest mistakes of his career.
This man paid for a Google ad that would show up whenever top ad executives searched their own names
To get the attention of top ad executives, it might help to appeal to their vanity.
That’s what Alec Browstein did by taking out ads on Google, so that whenever one of the targeted execs searched their own name, they’d find Alec’s job application as the first search item. These ads were targeted to six execs, and after a couple rounds of interviews, Alec was hired.
One woman sent virtual Valentine’s Day packages to prospective employers that stated, ‘Kim could be the one’
Kim Huynh, who works in advertising, has several methods to set herself apart from other candidates. One of her favorites was a website she created for prospective employers.
The site was branded as a Valentine’s Day package that read, “Kim could be the one.” There was even an interactive Flash game employers could play. Thanks to her remarkable ability to sell herself, she got interviews with four out of seven ad agencies.
Here are some of the other clever ways she gets employers’ attention.