10 Most Extraordinary Ways People Got Their Jobs
1By hacking a website
Facebook had just come to their campus, and they wanted to see if it had security holes. Putnam created a viral worm that spread silently from profile to profile; the worm called home to his server and asked it for instructions. After it was on a few thousand profile pages, Putnam flipped the switch and made all of the pages look like MySpace profiles.
Before long, Facebook called Putnam and asked for an explanation. By the end of the conversation, Putnam was offered a job interview.
2By using Christmas lights
Liz Hickok of Georgia, however, managed to turn her knack for Christmas decoration into a boon for her career, with lights on her house which read "My wish, HR job, Liz Hickok, Linked In." This creative bit of self-advertising wasn't just a gimmick: it resulted in a number of job recommendations from local passersby and LinkedIn users alike.
3Through ebay auction
4Through Google ads
Brownstein obeyed the number one rule of job search: identify your targets and get noticed by them. He created ads for just five executives, resulting in four interviews and two job offers, and all for around six dollars, which is less than most people pay for postage on a traditional resume mailing campaign. To top it all off, Brownstein proved his effectiveness in the world of advertising by selling himself, likely leaving the executives to wonder what he could do with a brand.
5By a homeless sign on the street
Ted Williams was spotted by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper standing near a highway exit ramp. In a video interview, Williams, holding a cardboard sign that asks motorists for help, says, "I'm an ex-radio announcer who has fallen on hard times." He explains in his smooth, deep voice that he grew up in New York and was drawn to radio at the age of 14.
As soon as he appeared on a local radio show that morning the offers began pouring in -- including a dream job with the Cleveland Cavaliers and a free house.
6By Twitter giveaway
7Through a billboard ad
Pasha Stocking made an even riskier investment by renting a billboard along Connecticut's I-95 for a $7,000. She didn't get a job from it, but the fame she earned from her purchase paid off in its own way; she ended up starting a public relations firm that helps people rent billboards.
8Through a unique cover letter
Ryan Bouley, an investment banker at Duff and Phelps, to whom he sent the email, said if someone with Matthew's qualifications were to come on board, he certainly would not be shining shoes and said he is just the type of person the company was looking for.
The response to the letter has been overwhelmingly positive, with some recipients describing it as "hilarious but bold" and "instant classic.''
9By an interactive resume
"I've produced this video because let's face it, communications have changed," Anthony says in the clip. "There's nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned pen and paper but it's evolved into something far more exciting and accessible."
Anthony sent the video directly to individual companies and had a job lined up before it even went public. However, after the video was posted on YouTube, he received so many offers that he eventually decided it made more sense to freelance.
10By asking for possible employees to apply to hire him
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