Weird, Wacky Ways To Snag A Job

If an enterprising young man could get a Maxim model to agree to go with him to his high school prom by using YouTube, why can't you do the same to find a job?

With the job-market remaining incredibly tight, people are resorting to some unconventional tactics to snare an offer, and some of them have actually worked.

A 55-year-old man in Britain who was unemployed for six months found a job after auctioning himself off on eBay. There was a winning bid, but Andy Jones was also spotted by an old acquaintance who offered him a position, too. He accepted.

Jones said that the best thing about his eBay stunt was that it actually gave him a reason to email everyone he knew. Instead of the usual "I'm looking for a job" note, he was able to send them a link to the auction and pique their interest. Friends and former coworkers forwarded the link around. "It is about network, network, network, so keep up with your old business contacts," said Jones.

Sometimes the network that will get you the job is not the obvious one. I knew that a fellow Ferret Rescue message board user, Carrie Lundgren, of Fayetteville, AR., was looking for part-time work to supplement her day job and keep the vet bills at bay, so I hired her to do transcribing for me. Years later, Lundgren is still at her regular job at the School of Social Work, and still typing by night for my articles. Transcribing the words of the actors who've played Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers is quite a change of pace-and a nice chunk of change. Freelance transcribers make an average of $20 per 20 minute interview. And getting hands-on experience in this field can lead to higher-paying work as an administrative assistant or a medical or court transcriber.

Sometimes the right video can make your résumé stand out and at least win you an interview. Terrence Kelsey of Los Angeles, an aspiring screenwriter, is applying for a part-time job at an "adult" e-greeting card company called Fantasy Video Greetings. Rather than merely send his stock resume, he plans to recruit some good-looking female friends to "Recite scripted naughty play-on-word greetings aimed at the typical dude," and send the video to the powers that be.

Outside-the-box tactics apply offline, too. Another Los Angeleno, Laurie Seldon, picked up a job at a local elementary school by doing a "kids' job." Specifically, after being out of work for more than nine months, Seldon set up a "virtual lemonade stand" in front of her apartment building on a hot day. She didn't sell refreshing drinks; instead, she gave out free bottled water and handed her resume (lemon-yellow for the occasion) to every passerby. Her enterprising ways caught the attention of a neighbor (whom she did not know before) who works in the HR department at the LA Unified School District. She landed a job just a couple of weeks later.

Think of ways you can get an A+ for ingenuity, and go after that job!

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