Extreme job hunting proves a success
Dan Conway has done some weird things in order to find a job. He has auctioned himself on ebay, delivered his CV in a pinata and even stood by a road with 'employ me' written on his chest.
Now it appears that his efforts have proved fruitful.
Conway, a 28 year old from Whitley Bay in North Tyneside, started chronicling his efforts to find work, after graduating four years ago. He launched the website theextremejobhunter.com, detailing the weird and wonderful ways in which he has looked for work.
He has posted 15 videos of his crazy stunts on his website, plus a CV in the form of a Top Trumps card, which scored him 80 for office banter and 90 for creativity. He even launched a competition offering to buy an ipad for anyone who helps him get the job of his dreams (to be bought with the first pay packet).
Now he has told the Daily Mirror that his efforts have paid off, and he has been given a job as a marketing executive for Vitamins Direct. He told the Metro that the campaign had helped enormously, gaining him experience and helping him make contacts.
Unusual approachesHe's not the first person to try an unusual approach to job hunting. Steve Sewell, a 58-year-old unemployed mechanic from Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria gave it a go this summer. But despite starting bids on himself on eBay for just 99p he had no takers.
In February last year Ross Laing, a 24-year-old marketing graduate from Edinburgh, auctioned off an interview with himself. He said he hoped to generate some interest, after applying for 150 jobs. He received three bids.
It's hardly surprising that people are looking for ways to stand out. The Association of Graduate Recruiter survey this summer found that there were an average of 85 applications for every graduate job. In some industries the figure is even more bleak - with media vacancies getting 110 applications per post, and sales and marketing roles receiving 160 per job.
With 2.49 million people looking for work (compared to 1.6 million in 2008). Maybe now is the time to take a more unusual approach.
But what do you think? Does this sort of thing help people find work? Would you consider the approach?