Guy’s Billboard Resume Gets Him a Job

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Cover letters not working out? Already tried guerilla social media strategies to get noticed by a potential employer? Think bigger.

Billboard-size bigger.

After losing his job at a casino in March, 22-year-old Bennett Olson needed a job, and he needed to stand out.  So, naturally, the Minnesota resident took a cue from the Paul Rudd-Jason Segel bromance I Love You, Man and bought space on an electronic billboard near downtown Minneapolis last month, KTSP reports.

The billboard featured an 8-second clip of Olson’s smiling face next to his message, “HIRE ME!” He also included the address of his personal website. His $300 investment in 24 cumulative hours of screen time paid off, too: Olson was hired for a marketing position by a 3D scanning company in Bloomington.

“After receiving quite a bit of attention, support and ultimately interviews I felt that Laser Design & GKS Services was the right fit because they are a young, yet established company which will provide me with the opportunity to learn and grow my career,” Olson told KARE 11.

It’s a tough economy, but what’s next? Blimps? Flash-mobs in the company parking lot? Singing telegrams? Maybe the next growth industry will be coming up with novel jobhunting strategies.

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1 comments
Soiwan
Soiwan

...maybe not as big but I always thought of a similar sign on a "sandwich board" wore at a crowded downtown spot. employers getting lunch or going to meetings could talk to you in person as they pass by and easily exchange business cards right then and there.