When I left University we were told to create a Resume and then write a cover letter focused on addressing the key competencies the job description sought. Everyone did as they were told and we probably looked much the same to recruitment agency's and employers. Our personality, motivation or charisma probably had little impact as our CV's failed to get past the first eye glance approval system. Boy have times changed. Seth Godin says;
I think if you're remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn't have a resume at all.
Great jobs, world class jobs, jobs people kill for... those jobs don't get filled by people emailing in resumes. Ever.
Enter a great example of 'out of the box' thinking and talent to boot!
Now I use Slide Rocket a lot. Much of my client work is presented using Slide Rocket presentations. I'm a hopeless designer so I bought a few nice presentation templates and boom, bobs ya uncle. (Actually Bob is my uncle) Anyway...
Slide Rocket have Presumes , a presentation Resume, so when they advertised for new staff Hanna Phan got smart, threw the CV out the window and got creative.
Read Hanna's full story here - This is the presentation Hanna made for her Slide Rocket job application
And this is what happened!
So I created my most engaging Présumé (a presentation resume) ever, using SlideRocket’s technology and tweeted (on my birthday) to the CEO:
“@chuckdietrich @sliderocket I want to work with you! Find my application here: http://portal.sliderocket.com/AIWCI/Iwanttoworkatsliderocket”
An hour later, after Chuck literally walked off a plane, he replied:
“@hannaphan @sliderocket AMAZING Preso! Let’s talk.”
People who have the guts and the courage to showcase their talent and their passion for the opportunity will always get plenty of admiration from me.
So if you're looking to wear a different coloured hat next year perhaps you should check out Slide Rocket, work on your social networking and burn that Resume, burn it!