Frustrated by the rejection letters you’ve been receiving from would-be employers?
Take a leaf out of Phillipe Dubost’s book and try a more creative approach.
The web product manager, based in Paris, France, has become an Internet sensation after composing a resume that looks like an Amazon webpage – featuring himself as the product.
Dubost offers buyers a choice of three languages, notes that he can be shipped anywhere in the world (in breathable packaging), and warns: “Only one left in stock – order soon.”
Adding him to your cart brings up a contact form, enabling prospective employers to get in touch.
Showing careful attention to detail, Dubost even provides a number of customer reviews, with most awarding him five stars. He notes on Twitter that the few one-star reviews are down to ‘a lot of ex-girlfriends.’
Since creating the site, which took him two days, Dubost has received numerous supportive emails and tweets, and been flooded with more than 100 job offers.
“I wanted to do something fun,” Dubost told The Independent.
“Résumés are not fun. They’re not fun to write, not fun to read.”
He added: “I thought it would be fun to build a small web product that would feel a little bit like a game you could interact with, like those baby toys where every button you push makes a different noise.”
With unemployment standing firm at 7.8 percent in the United States and 7.7 percent in the UK, frustrated job seekers are turning to ever more creative ways to stand out from the crowd.
Earlier this month, 24-year-old media production graduate Adam Pacitti slapped his image on a billboard in north London in a pleading attempt to find work.
“I spent my last £500 on this billboard. Please give me a job,” the message said.
Pacitti, who worked all summer in an amusement arcade to raise the money he needed, has since received over 50 calls from prospective employers.
Last year, 22-year-old Bennett Olson used a similar technique after losing a job at a casino.
Paying $300 for space on an electronic billboard near downtown Minneapolis for 24 hours, Olson was hired for a marketing position by a 3D scanning company.
However, not all extreme job-hunting techniques are as successful.
Take Jack Goldenberg, former creative director at McDonalds and hopeful ad agency employee.
“I couldn’t get anyone from the ad agency on the phone and pleading my case through e-mail seemed useless,” he said.
“So I bought 6 Happy Meals, put my resume inside each one in envelopes that said, ‘Why hire an out of the box thinker when you can hire the person who created the box?’”
Taking his stunt one step further, he personally delivered the meals to the company’s creative team and HR department, sneaking past the receptionist by bribing her with a Happy Meal.
Unfortunately, Goldenberg’s creative strategy proved unsuccessful.
“They weren’t too happy I was roaming around the agency without a hall pass,” he said.
“I think my picture is now posted at the receptionist’s desk along with Ronald McDonald’s.”