Amazing Online Resume Looks Just Like Amazon’s Product Page — and Inspires Copycats

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Dubost, a Paris-based web product manager, won his very own slice of viral Internet fame last week with an online resume that reads exactly like an Amazon.com product page. Product dimensions? 186 centimeters. Average customer review? Five stars, with choice quotes from various references (though there are some one-star ratings from a few scorned ex-girlfriends). Gift-wrap? Available, with frustration-free breathable packaging.

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Dubost mirrored the Amazon experience to a T, fitting his skills, qualifications and contact info into the template — and, unsurprisingly, attracked enough traffic to test the limits of Dubost’s free web server. Now, the media requests and praise are rolling in, proving he’s managed a pretty awesome web product. He’s even added an Amazon-style “instant update,” thanking everyone for the feedback.

But be warned: creative resumes don’t always highlight an applicant’s skills. Gimmicks, hard-to-read fonts and weird formatting can easily move your resume to the bottom of the virtual stack. Sonya Williams, a lab technician in Lansing, Mich., actually put herself up for auction on eBay in an attempt to get a job, and posted her resume. Her contact info is whited-out, which probably isn’t too helpful when you’re trying to get hired. A real eBay auction page seems creepier than a copycat Amazon website, especially when Williams starts the bidding at a mere 99 cents and describes herself as being in just-okay condition, with “no defects or wear and tear” — hard to compete with Dubost’s super-detailed, five-star version of himself. Also, NewsFeed isn’t sure if it’s even legal to sell yourself online.

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7 comments
melissa.llarena
melissa.llarena

After speaking with Philippe this morning, as a career consultant, I shared with him how to think through the criteria through which he should evaluate the opportunities that are coming his way, how to tackle compensation inquiries, and the most effective mentoring strategy for someone in an evolving high tech world. I wish Philippe immense success. He is not just an online resume sensation but he has an impressive greater vision for his career - one that I wish my clients would believe in and take a risk towards #risk-taking #effort - Melissa Llarena of Career Outcomes Matter www.careeroutcomesmatter.com

MichaelCollins
MichaelCollins

I once sent in a resume to a marketing company on blaze orange paper.  I also once wrote a cover letter on a paper bag in crayon and sent that to a company that wanted a creative individual.  Didn't work, but both called me just to say my resume made their day.

MaymiWilda
MaymiWilda

if it work for him, maybe I will try that, it time we had a different kind of resume anyway. But I hope it land him a good paying job. Wish him all the lucky it great to be different. Yeah!