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A few months ago, I started my job search and went down the usual route:
- I set up my profile in as many job sites as possible
- I scoured craigslist and LinkedIn
- I tailored my resume, spell checked it twice, and emailed away
- I interviewed with recruiting agencies to get to the top of the resume pile
The result? I received a number of phone calls and interviews, but not a single call back. It was discouraging. I felt vulnerable and defeated but another part of me didn’t want just another job. Each time I thought of punching in and out, busying myself with status meetings, ending my day just to start all over again – well, it just made me tired.
The bottom line – I didn’t want to be another rat in the wheel. And if that was the case, well then, I realized I needed to go about my job search with a completely different approach.
Inspired by a podcast and Seth Godin’s blog post the first thing I did was to trash my resume. The problem with a resume is that it doesn’t scream, “This is ME! I’m creative, energetic, full of life” etc. and there’s no visual way to express what you want to say to someone through a piece of paper. Gone was the resume. So, off I went to explore other ways to tell my story – the story of why I wanted to work for a certain company – that certain someone, with a truly creative resume.
Then, the light bulb went off – I needed to approach this job search in the same way I would court someone. With a love letter. A visual one. I needed to convince them that I was worth the wait. That I could make it through a pile of applicants.
So now that I had nailed down my approach – the search began to find the right company….
I didn’t look long before my creative resume helped me find my dream job with SlideRocket. SlideRocket completed me. They offered an outlet to showcase my creative communication skills, express my passion, and ultimately put their presentation program to the test. I decided I would use SlideRocket’s technology in combination with a viral campaign, to get myself noticed – by the CEO no less!
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.”
No sooner had Chuck tweeted me back, and I was on the phone with the CMO. They even featured my presume on the SlideRocket gallery and newsletter, and now I discovered I have a “Phan Club” at VMWare
I landed my dream job without a resume, but instead, with a creative resume called a Présumé.
I’d love to hear your stories of unconventional ways you found your next big gig. Tweet me up @hannaphan or send me an email to my new home: hanna at SlideRocket.com